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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Upcoming Assignment Plan Meetings

From the District's Assignment Plan page

Public invited to quarterly community meetings to discuss updates on Strategic Plan, high school math materials adoption, Student Assignment Plan, and other key topics

Seattle Public Schools' strategic plan, Excellence for All, establishes the framework for moving the District toward the goal of all students achieving at high levels and graduating ready for college, career and life. Upcoming quarterly community meetings will provide updates on the strategic plan’s progress and an opportunity to discuss key topics with our community. Included will be updates on the implementation of Excellence for All, high school math materials adoption, and development of the new Student Assignment Plan. All staff, families and community members are welcome. Interpreters will be available. Dates, times and locations are as follows:

Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to noon
John Stanford Center, Auditorium
2445 3rd Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134

Tuesday, March 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Urban Impact, Main Office
7728 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118

Thursday, March 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Ballard High School, Library
1418 N.W. 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98117

Presentations, handouts, feedback and other information from previous community meetings are available under the Engagement section of the Strategic Plan Web page at http://www.seattleschools.org/area/strategicplan/engagement.html.

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According to the timeline posted on the website, the new Assignment Plan will be designed by the end of June. That leaves only a little more than 3 months for gathering community input. But since the district, so far, hasn't shared anything more than high-level principles/framework, it's hard to know what to provide feedback on.

7 comments:

Charlie Mas said...

I went to one of these last quarter expecting a discussion of the progress on the strategic plan (as advertised). Instead, the discussion was entirely about the new assignment plan. I wanted a comprehensive review of the progress on each initiative of the strategic plan and was totally out of luck. Carol Rava-Treat was there, but she wouldn't offer any details other than the few she brought to brag about and she wouldn't discuss anything else about the plan.

I am still waiting for a lot of Strategic Plan information and it still isn't coming.

steve in west seattle said...

Related to the new assignment plan...

I've been wondering about portable classrooms. I know there are some at Lafayette, and now that they have reduced capacity in West Seattle North, I don't think they have space for all the students if they remove them. My questions are:

What is operating cost of the portables? I'd imagine they are expensive to use.

How many portables are in use? and where?

What is the the life expectancy of a portable?

Is there any plan to get the students into permanent classrooms?

steve in west seattle said...

Beth,

What makes you think they want community input?

Charlie Mas said...

The District staff person in charge of assignment is Tracy Libros and she has done some of the best community engagment the District has ever seen. It's real.

Let's give her the credit she is due for that.

TwinMom2003 said...

I agree.

Tracy Libros is actually seeking community engagement and will listen, and will make adjustments based on what is heard.

It may be the only department in SPS that does actual community engagement.

TechyMom said...

I think portables have a pretty long life. The ones at Montlake have a very 1950s (or earlier?) feel about them with paned windows, hardwood floors and freestanding oil burners.

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