The agenda was published this week. (See below.) The Summit is this Saturday, starting at 9:00 am. They have moved it to Garfield High School's Commons due to popular demand. (I am a bit mystified about that location, despite it being in a central location. The street Garfield is on - 23rd - has major construction going on and Garfield has very little of its own parking. They are warning people about the traffic and have a list of parking lots for attendees to access.) They will be serving a free lunch.
So the first half of the Summit is sitting and listing to a lot of people talk? And why Michael Tolley and not Steve Nielsen or the Superintendent or President Patu, all of whom outrank him? I find it hard to believe none of them are available. Mr. Nielsen just did a great job on the Seattle Channel event last week.
I foresee a PowerPoint presentation from Mr. Chappelle if he is going to cover all the community conversations. As well, while I greatly admire Ms. Williams work and I generally like student voices, I'm not sure how much will be gleaned for the hundreds of people who may attend this event. (I had thought they would have workshops and one would be just for student voices.)
I really think that this event is going to be oversubscribed and I don't see much coming out of the "tabletop discussions." Are we going to talk about the Summit, the ideas we heard or what?
This all seems vague - from why the Mayor is doing this and how he is doing it.
Any one going to this? I'm going for the morning at least but I can't take a whole day of sitting and listening.
You are invited to the Mayor's Education Summit to hear a summary of the top ideas and suggestions gathered during the two-month-long community conversation process. The Mayor and education experts will present actions the City can take to reduce the education disparities among our children and close the achievement gap so all kids can succeed in school.
Arrival and Registration
Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle
Patricia Lally, Director of City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights
Michael Tolley, Assistant Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools
Summary of Community Conversations:
Dwane Chappelle, Director of City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning
Panel on Student Perspectives:
Moderated by Mia Williams, Principal of Aki Kurose Middle School
Holly S. Schindler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Washington
Christopher P. Chatmon, Executive Director of African American Male Achievement, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)