Public comment continues for K-5 ELA materials
Curriculum & Instruction Policy committee meeting
4:30-6:30 pm at JSCEE. Agenda
- Annual approval of schools - The CSIP dance which means almost nothing to students and parents.
- Creative Advantage/CTE Media Arts Skills Center Programs and Creative Advantage Regional Arts Showcase- this appears to be approval of a new arts program thru a grant that is to be introduced at the Board meeting on Wednesday.
The Creative Advantage is a city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts education for each and every student in Seattle Public Schools. The Creative Advantage is made possible through a public-private partnership with Seattle Public Schools, the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Seattle Foundation, and community arts organizations.
A part of Career and Technical Education, the Seattle Skills Center provides a 2-year sequence of advanced learning with hands-on application of both industry and college preparation programs. Current programs in the Seattle Skills Center include medical careers, digital animation and gaming, aerospace, culinary arts and more. 11th and 12th grade students from any Seattle Public School can apply to attend a skills center program. This funding will help create a new Media Arts Program within the Skills Center.
The revenue source for this motion is Vulcan Foundation grant of $465,000 to fund two projects: Creative Advantage/CTE Media Arts Skills Center Programs and Creative Advantage Regional Arts Showcase. Funds will be given to The Seattle Foundation as the fiscal agent, then distributed to SPS. These funds will be for two years, from December, 2016 through December 2018. Seattle Public Schools plans to spend additional funds to support the media arts skills center program, but these funds are not a required as a match for the grant.
- 20 Minute Added to School Day survey results, starts on page 71 of the agenda
Teaching and Learning recommends that 10 minutes be added to the beginning of the day and 10 minutes be added to the end of the day at all school. (sic) This option was the top second choice of PASS, SEA, families and CBOs. The first choices for each group varied based on the tier of the school. For example, Tier 1 groups top option was to add 20 minute to the end of the day; Tier 2 and 3 groups preferred to add 20 minutes to the beginning of the day.
Teaching and Learning also recommends that the collaboration time be a 1-hour early release on Wednesday. The survey results showed that all groups (PASS, SEA, families and CBOs) preferred early release over late arrival. PASS and SEA preferred Wednesday; families and CBOs preferred Friday. Because collaboration time is a gap closing measure, we allowed the professionals doing the work to make this decision. Fridays are the highest day of staff absenteeism in the district. We value this work and all staff need to be in attendance.
*However, the School Board is still researching the possibility of imlmenting (sic) a two-tiered transportation model.
Wait, what? More staff are absent on Fridays and therefore, the parents and CBOs wishes are to be ignored for early release to be on Friday. Seems like if the district made the early release on Friday a mandate, the district might see less absenteeism on Fridays.
- Advanced Learning update, starts on page 73 of the agenda
I can only say this looks like a long and drawn-out process to review Advanced Learning and it makes me very suspicious. Frankly, it looks like a way to cover the slow destruction of the plan (a la Spectrum.) I think AL parents should demand NO changes to any AL program until this work is done.
Tuesday, November 15th
There will be a closed session of the Board from 4:30-5:00 pm. Not sure what this is about but I suspect it's about the $315,000 teacher settlement that will be introduced/action taken at the Board meeting on Wednesday.
Then there will be an Executive session of the Board which is probably about the Superintendent's evaluation from 5:00-7:00 pm.
Both of these sessions are closed to the public.
Wednesday, November 16th
Board meeting starting at 4:15 pm. Agenda
Transitions Family Workshop for 18-21 year old Sped students.
Original Van Asselt from 6:00-8:00 pm
Thursday, November 17th
BEX Oversight Committee meeting from 8:30-10:30 am, JSCEE, Room 2750
Operations Committee of the Whole
JSCEE from 4:00-7:15 pm. No agenda yet available.
Saturday, November 19th
Community meeting with Director Pinkham at the Northgate Library from 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm.