I gave Roosevelt my younger son's graduation gown so that another student could use it. But I do have a black gown and a navy blue gown if anyone wants them or knows a kid who can't afford one. (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Wednesday, June 8th
Board Work Session on 24 Credits for high school graduation, Budget and Communications at JSCEE from 4:30-7:45 pm. Agenda (24 Credits comes first in the document, from pages 2-89, Communications starts at page 90 -(and I go by the Word numbering, not the different section numbering.) There is no documentation yet for the Budget portion of the Work Session. This seems like a lot to cram into one single Work Session.
Let's start with the 24 Credits section which is at the start of the agenda and has the recommendations from the Taskforce.
I see something that sends off warning bells to me. That the "use of an online high school and beyond platform that allows for robust and comprehensive career and college planning."
Why don't I like this? Well, for one it explains away why there are no career and college counselors - that know our region/state and what is offered here. What's pretty funny is that on page 13 it says "in high school, HSBP should be overseen by counselors, through an advisory period." That's great but how to do it? Reading on I see the "advisory" period would be "credit-bearing."
As well, there are generally four academic counselors in any given high school. How can four people take this on? Most of the big high schools find their counselors spending a lot of time on scheduling. They say "reduce the ratio from 1:400 to 1:250." Sounds good; is SPS hiring new counselors? (And, where in our overcrowded buildings to put them and this work?" The documentation says, "teachers and counselors should be supported to effectively lead advisory." Yes, of course, they should but will they be? Is this in the CBA?
Two, I am going to be writing up an extensive thread on "personalized learning" and see this as SPS' first toe in the water.
Another rec is "adopting a five-period day, trimester schedules, otherwise known as a 3x5 schedule." They do say the next step should be a feasibility study.
One more toe into online learning - Extended Learning. "run digital credit-retrieval courses during the school day, supported by a classroom teacher." And, create a committee to look into more of this. Also, "systematize the earning of high school credit at the middle school level so that middle school students across the district have the same opportunity to earn high school credit." I wasn't aware of two things - that "systematize" was a word and that the idea here wasn't already in place.
Hey, look at that more CTE. Good idea. I hope they have the money for all they want to do.
Communications (starting on page 90)
Really glad to see Carri Campbell at the top of the org chart; she's smart and knows the district.
Of interest on Wednesday night is a Town Hall event - Protecting Yourself and Your Privacy in the Digital Age - A Call to Action
Come early for a community resource fair (starting at 5:00pm) for networking, learning more about the issues at hand, and contributing to the conversation via an interactive discussion board.
After the mainstage forum, at 7:30pm, producer Scilla Andreen will hold a discussion in the Town Hall Pub about her documentary, Screenagers.
- Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General, Keynote Speaker
- Pramila Jayapal, Washington State Senator
- Scilla Andreen
- Dr. Hilarie Cash
- Trish Millines Dziko
- Drew Atkins
- Tarek Dawoud
- Beryl Fernandes, Ph.D., Moderator, Presenter, Project Organizer
Thursday, June 9th
Board Audit&Finance Committee meeting at Board conference room from 4:30-6:30 pm. Agenda not yet available.
Saturday, June 11th
Community meeting with Director Sue Peters at the Queen Anne Library from 11 am to 12:45 pm.
Community meeting with Director Leslie Harris at High Point Library from 3-4:30 pm