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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Public Meeting Calendar for the next couple weeks

I've been doing this the past couple Tuesdays, and I don't know if it has been useful to anyone else, but I sure do find it a handy tool.

Wednesday, October 6
Board Work Session re School Reports, 4:00-5:30pm
Regular School Board meeting, 6:00pm

Thursday, October 7
Coffee Chat with the Superintendent, 6:00-7:00pm at the S.B.O.C.
Kevin Johnson, Education Champion, speaks, 7:00pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Saturday, October 9
District II - Community Meeting (Carr), 8:30-10:00am
District I Community Meeting (Maier), 10:30-noon
District VI Community Meeting (Sundquist), 11:00am-12:30pm

Tuesday, October 12
Coffee Chat with the Superintendent 9:00-10:00am, at Jane Addams K-8
A&F Audit Committee Meeting, 4:00-6:00pm

Wednesday, October 13
Executive Committee, 8:00-9:30am
Board Work Session re Special Ed, 4:00-6:00pm

Thursday, October 14
A&F Finance Committee Meeting, 4:00-6:00pm

Saturday, October 16
District IV Community Meeting (DeBell), 9:00-11:00am

12 comments:

seattle citizen said...

Seattle Foundation, with LEV an arm of the reformistas, is having a "Community Leadership for Education" event
November 3rd, 12:00-1:30 at their headquarters (The Seattle Foundation, 1200 5th Avenue, Suite 1300, Seattle)http://www.seattlefoundation.org/news/events/Pages/CommunityLeadershipforEducation.aspx

Someone should go. I can't, but will pay any registration fee of anyone who can.

No agenda posted, but we can imagine its about working with the politicos and others to further the charter/TFA/union-busting/standards-based-destruction-of-schools agenda.

From the Seattle Foundation website on TFA, their current baby:

" OVERVIEW: Teacher quality has a greater effect on student achievement than any other factor. Yet, as a nation and as a region, we have not found a way to ensure that our strongest teachers are working with the students who need them the most. Only 34 percent of low-income 6th graders in the Puget Sound region are achieving at grade level in math (compared to 70 percent of non-low-income students). Sixty-one percent of low-income 6th graders are reading at grade level, compared to 84 percent of their more affluent peers.

Teach For America (TFA) is a national leader in the movement to end educational inequity by enlisting the country’s most promising future leaders in teaching, leading and advocating for schools that serve high numbers of low-income students. TFA recruits and trains top college graduates who commit to teaching in urban and rural public schools, and who ultimately become lifelong advocates of high-quality education for all students. Since 1990, TFA has grown to include more than 24,000 corps members (teachers) and alumni who have taught more than 3 million students across 35 regions nationwide.

Until now, political and regulatory barriers have prevented TFA from establishing a presence in Washington State. Recent K-12 education reforms adopted by the state legislature, coupled with heightened community interest and support, have opened the door to TFA's launch of a Puget Sound program.

There are a number of donors and funders who are supporting this effort, including the following:: The Seattle Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Raikes Foundation, The Bezos Family Foundation, Intelius Inc.

ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS: TFA plans to bring 150 Teach for America teachers to the Puget Sound over three years, beginning in Fall 2011. In order to do so, TAF must achieve three key milestones by August 1, 2010:
Secure partnerships (and commitments totaling $1 million over 3 years) with 3-5 school districts
Develop an agreement with a partner—most typically a local university—to certify TFA teachers
Secure $5.2 million in private sector funding
RECENT GRANTS: In order to bring TFA to the Puget Sound region, TFA must secure $5.2 million in private funds. The Seattle Foundation will dedicate $250,000 to this effort, and is committed to raising an additional $250,000 from TSF donors and contributors (for a total of $500,000).
GET INVOLVED: Make a contribution: Help us bring the important work of Teach for America to the Puget Sound region by making a contribution to this important initiative. Give online or call (206) 622-2294. Learn more: Become involved with the League of Education Voters and support their work to bring Teach For America to Puget Sound area schools. Contact Caroline Maillard, Education Element Lead at The Seattle Foundation, at (206) 622-2294 or c.maillard [at] seattlefoundation.org to learn more about Teach For America and other efforts to support high quality public schools and give children the skills they need to succeed in school and life.

Kathy said...

" Until now, political and regulatory barriers have prevented TFA from establishing a presence in Washington State. Recent K-12 education reforms adopted by the state legislature".

Can anyone tell me how state legislature has been involved with TFA efforts?

North Beach Mom said...

Seattle Citizen,

I'll go to the Seattle Foundation event. I have no idea how to contact you directly.

NB Mom

seattle citizen said...

North Beach Mom, you rock! Thanks for volunteering to attend this meeting.

I don't see any online-registration or cost here at their announcement, but there is contact information:

Please RSVP by Monday, November 1, to Aaron Robertson at (206) 515-2135 or a.robertson@seattlefoundation.org.

Drop 'em a line and see what the cost is, and if you have to pay we can meet...around North Beach...easily so I can reimburse you!

Would love to hear a report, as, I'm sure, others who read this would.

North Beach Mom said...

Seattle Citizen,

No problem, there's no fee and I have some business to do at SF. I already registered with Aaron. However, I am not sure how to get in touch with you after the session to fill you in on the discussion.

NB Mom

seattle citizen said...

North Beach mom, could you meet at the Starbucks in the Holman QFC at 4:00 that Wednesday (the 3rd)?

North Beach Mom said...

SC,

I can meet at 4:30 on November 3rd @ QFC SBUX. Please confirm.

NB Mom

Maureen said...
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Maureen said...

Charlie, thanks for posting the meetings every week-I have referred back to this more than once.

seattle citizen said...

North Beach Mom,

I confirm that I will be at the Arts Family Center, uh, Holman QFC Starbucks at 4:30 on 11/3.

See ya then!

North Beach Mom said...

SC,

I had a client meeting come up on the 3rd in the afternoon. I can't make it to SBUX, but I can still attend the SF meeting. I will post on this thread about the meeting. Again, please confirm you got this so you're not waiting at SBUX!

NB Mom

seattle citizen said...

Confirmed, NB Mom! You CAN'T make it to SBX after the meeting on the 3rd.
While I looked forward to thanking you in person for attending the meeting, I think we will all be eager for a report. I look forward to hearing about it.
Maybe if you waited 'til Friday the 5th and posted it on "Open Friday" thread it would get some eyeballs.

Thanks again for your commitment to our public schools! Some meetings are just a pain to get ourselves to (and some a pain to attend!) but you're going the extra mile for us. Maybe this one will be lively!

Word Verifier says, "imminin." Ha'ent a clue what it means, but it's fun to say!