Nothing particularly earth-shattering or even noteworthy in the last couple of Friday Memos.
But what there is worth mentioning is mentioned below:
The September 23 Friday Memo begins with a lot of the usual meaningless blather about closing gaps. There's the usual disingenuous talk about duplicating successful practices and commitment to EVERY student. Here's a hint: if a writer needs to resort to capitalization, you should be suspicious. Saying something louder doesn't make it more true.
Mr. Tolley's memo tells us that " a two-year comprehensive MTSS professional
development plan is currently in development with a targeted completion date of February, 2017." This is separate and different from the three-year formative assessments training that staff at some schools started. One has to wonder why the District waited until the fifth year of MTSS implementation to offer professional development.
Also, to help with MTSS implementation, the District has issued a RFP for a data platform specific to MTSS. Whether it will integrate with the District's other student data software isn't discussed.
MTSS resources and tools are under review (whatever that means). When that review is complete, there will be District-approved resources and tools posted online for teachers.
The September 30th Friday Memo included "Kudos" to district staff for their work on assignment areas for John Rogers, Cedar Park, and Olympic Hills. The superintendent wrote "I have never seen the number and
quality of community engagement opportunities as I have in this work." I would love to hear if the members of the community share that view.
The Superintendent wrote about a Title I issue called "Supplant" which requires that Title I schools receive district funding of at least 95% of the district average - including salaries. To meet that requirement, more experienced and highly paid teachers and staff would have to work at Title I schools. That's not the pattern, so Dr. Nyland believes that the district will have a hard time meeting the standard.
The District Finance folks are planning some community meetings on budget development.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6pm-8pm at the John Stanford Center for Educational
Excellence, 2445 3rd Avenue South in the Auditorium
Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 6pm-8pm at the South Shore School cafeteria, 4800 S
There was a communications update with information about the Community Engagement Task Force.