Sitting at the Executive Committee Meeting and wondering:
- if the district is a partner in the new Seattle Teacher Residency program and the first year costs are $50k and escalate up to $1M by year 5 (it's part of Strategic Plan for teacher development), why do we need TFA at all? Why complicate things if our district and its partners are creating home-grown talent from outside of schools of education?
- wondering why, if Jane Addams has a planning principal and planning team, Wilson-Pacific doesn't have a team. Apparently Chris Cronas, principal at Wedgwood, is the planning principal for W-P middle school but I haven't heard anything about outreach to parents. That middle school will open at John Marshall for 2014-20115. Should parents with students assigned there get to give input just like JA parents? (Note: just because Mr. Cronas is the planning principal doesn't mean he is leaving Wedgwood.)
- I still need to do a write-up of the Board retreat but I don't recall a lot of discussion about foreign language immersion but apparently, it is WAY up on the list of to-do's for the district. There seems to be some kind of belief in a "commitment" to making sure there are 12 schools total in that system. How does this rise to the top of the list over, say, 6-8 math adoption? Hard to understand.