(Updated to include analysis of the Board meeting on Wednesday.)
Monday, Oct. 10th
Curriculum and Instruction Committee meeting from 4:40-6:30 pm in the Board conference room. Agenda
- Equitable Access Quarterly report
- K-5 LA adoption update
- Math adoption and "cycle of inquiry outline update" From the minute of the last meeting there was this:
Ms. Toner noted outlier schools are doing well in middle school math, and to do a case study to see the success, study those conditions that are in place, and define next steps. She discussed the need to dig deep in to this to see what ingredients are in play- leadership, teacher capacity, and student engagement interactions.
Dr. Kinoshita noted that there are certain populations within other schools that are having success as well, that it is not just at the outlier schools. He noted the need to not to jump to solutions before really knowing what the problem is, and noted the need to be more thoughtful on what gets to the high level of student achievement in math. Dr. Kinoshita noted the need to dig a little deeper, as it may or may not have to do with the curriculum. He would like to be more confident before moving forward. Dr. Kinoshita noted that there is no question that this is an old curriculum, but they still want to see what other factors are out there.
Ms. Toner noted last year 20 schools participated in the formative practices institutes, who met quarterly. She noted this year 24 new schools signed up to participate, and 8 are in their 2nd year of participation.
Dir. Harris asked what happened that only 8 schools are continuing from the 20 last year. Ms. Toner noted the growth opportunity in communicating to schools that this is ongoing work, some is budgeting questions, and also helping the schools understand the longevity of the commitment to the work.
Mr. Jessee noted that the schools felt that they were not sure that the funding would continue, so schools moved on as they only have so much time with staff and engaging in this work.If MTSS is an unfunded mandate by the district, then I don't what they expect the schools to do. Once again, it sounds like a Sophie's choice for schools.
Tuesday, Oct. 11th
The final Growth Boundaries Information meeting, this one at Denny Int'l Middle School from 6:30-7:30 pm.
Wednesday, Oct. 12th
School Board meeting, starting at 4:15 pm. Agenda
I am going to write a separate thread on a couple of glaring issues in the agenda but here are some other highlights.
- in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, Haida students from South Shore K-8 will provide the student presentation. As well, the agenda includes a vote on a resolution put forth by Director Pinkham in support of federal recognition of the Duwamish nation.
- presentation of the Internal Audit and Ethics annual report. The agenda also has an item on the Consent agenda is a correction to the Board policy on Ethics (5251) to:
The current Ethics Policy does not require an annual report from the Ethics Officer. Previously, when the City of Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission served as the District’s Ethics Officer, an annual report was required by the contract between the District and the City. When the District terminated the contract with the City, the annual reporting requirement was eliminated.
The proposed amendments would ensure that the School Board receives an annual ethics report, regardless of who is serving as the District’s Ethics Officer.
In alignment with the theory of action for the Nesholm Foundation, the Feeder Elementary Grant would focus on: developing teachers’ knowledge, skills and practices in reading and writing instruction; maintaining high professional standards; applying research tested instructional practice; developing school leader skills in leading this instructional transformation.Reading further, I see that the each school will share? a "literacy assistant principal" "focused solely on literacy instructional leadership.
I learned something new from reading the grant - the Nesholm Family Foundation's Kids in the Middle funding for Aki Kurose, Denny and Mercer for 15 years. Quite the commitment. And those three SPS middle schools have the highest numbers for proficiency in math in the state for middle schools with the largest number of black students tested (for LA, it's a mixed bag with Mercer at the top, Denny in the top five and Aki in the middle.) What is interesting to me is that South Shore, which also has an infusion of cash via LEV, is near the top of that group in math but at the bottom in LA.
Thursday, Oct 13th
Audit&Finance Committee meeting from 4:30-6:30 pm. No agenda yet available
Friday, Oct 14th
No school for teacher professional development
BEX Oversight Committee meeting from 8:30-10:30 am., JSCEE, Room 2750.
The agenda includes project status reports from current projects.
As well, there will be a Lincoln High School design presentation update.
Saturday, Oct. 15th
Director community meetings
Director Blanford - Douglass-Truth library, 10 am to 11:30 am
Director Patu - Raconteur, 10 am- 11:30 am
Director Peters - Queen Anne library, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Director Pinkham -Broadview library from 1:00-2:30 pm