Update 2: Wyeth Jessee is laying the groundwork for basicallyl race and equity (and, oh by the way, there are a lot of kinds of giftedness, not just academics. Look, a squirrel.
I should not be surprised that this is happening. They don't want to really talk about this program, the meltdown of Spectrum, etc.
I'll try to stay to the bitter end but I'm really unhappy with this direction.
Update: Well, the gang's all here. I have never seen so many staff for a Work Session about a program. The budget? Sure but there are staff lining the walls. I also see Phyllis Compano from the SEA.
End of update
I'll be doing a little bit of blogging from the meeting.
A couple of items of note:
- There is to be an "external facilitator" for this portion of the Work Session, Pat Hughes form Trillium Leadership Consulting. The agenda for this seems different from the PowerPoint so I'm a bit confused. (Director Harris says the Board asked for a facilitator.)
- Director Peters came with no less than 5 handouts of her own. The recs from the Advanced Learning Program Task Force from 2012, Advanced Learning Task Force Report and Recs from 2014, the RCW and WAC for Highly Capable and a document labeled, "Myths about Gifted Students" from NAGC (National Organization for Gifted Children.)
- There is also a handout (separate from AL) called 2016-2017 Key Interrelated Activities/Decisions which lists "Key Annual Activities" and "Key 2016-2017 Activities." One of the "key" ones is Cascadia.