In the name of democracy, a good article from the Global Oneness Project, Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer.
If I were asked for two words to summarize the habits of the heart American citizens need in response to twenty-first-century conditions, I would chose chutzpah and humility. By chutzpah I mean knowing that I have a voice that needs to be heard and the right to speak it. By humility I mean accepting the fact that my truth is always partial and may not be true at all, so I need to listen with openness and respect, especially to "the other," as much as I need to speak my own voice with clarity and conviction.Former Queen Anne principal, David Elliott, is opening a private school, Solve for (x) School. They have a fairly specific page on qualities they want (or want to develop) in students.
The district has made the announcement of the new "division" in the district - Student Supports. It is to be headed by former director of Special Education, Wyeth Jessee. Looks like Michael Tolley's empire is expanding.
After several months of internal stakeholder engagement, SPS launched a multi-phased restructure of the central office to increase support to schools, build system coherence and improve accountability.The district, in explaining staffing adjustments, says this:
Under this restructure, a new division of Student Supports has been created and includes: behavioral supports, counseling, nursing, Special Education, English Language Learners (ELL) and the Advanced Learning services and will work in close partnership with the Curriculum and Instruction division.
Based on the June enrollment projections, we are expecting 53,107 students (headcount) for our 2016-17 school year, an increase of 783 students over last year’s official October 1 headcount.Looks like several middle schools are losing teachers with Mercer losing the most at 2.4 FTE. But it is the high schools that are taking on the chin with nearly all of them (comprehensive) to experience some kind of cut. Sealth is still losing 3.0 FTE. What a loss.
Saturday director community meetings:
President Betty Patu - Caffe Vita, 5028 Wilson Ave S. from 10 am to 11:30 am
Director Leslie Harris - Southwest Branch of Seattle Public Library, 9010 35th Ave SW
from 3-4:30 pm
The Board has been silent on the Garfield "Honors for All" issue; might be a good opportunity to ask these directors for their thoughts.
What's on your mind?