Monday, December 16, 2013

Seattle Schools This Week

 Monday, December 16th
 Seattle Special Education PTSA Meeting, 7 pm at Rm 2700, School District main offices at 2445 3rd Ave S (3rd and Lander).

Tuesday, December 17th
Audit&Finance Committee Meeting (Quarterly Audit Meeting) from 4-6 p.m.  Agenda.

Wednesday, December 18th
Work Session: Budget, WSS, and Transportation from 4-7 p.m.  Agenda
I see some troubling and yet vital info in this presentation but I think that will be a separate thread.

JAMS meeting from at the Jane Addams library at 6:30 p.m. 

Thursday, December 19th
Operations Committee Meeting from 4-6 pm.  Agenda not yet available.

Saturday, December 21st
Community meeting with Director Patu (yes, this is still on) from 10 am to noon at Cafe Vita.


mirmac1 said...

Seattle Special Education PTSA Meeting Reminder Monday, December 16, 2013, at 7 pm at Rm 2700, School District main offices at 2445 3rd Ave S (3rd and Lander)

Guest speaker: Professor Virginia (Ginger) Berninger, UW College of Education, speaking on :

(a) evidence supporting the treatment-relevant, differential diagnosis of three Specific Learning Disabilities--dysgraphia, dyslexia, and OWL LD/SPI

(b) evidence supporting the teaching of handwriting and computer tools in the 21st century

(c) and proactive ways to develop collaborative relationships between parents and educators on behalf of children in cost-effective and evidence-based ways in general education, the least restrictive environment.

Dr. Berninger is a licensed psychologist and former teacher (general education, special education, and reading specialist) with extensive experience in school-related assessment, consultation, and research. She is currently Professor of Educational Psychology (Learning Sciences and Human Development), Learning Disabilities Coordinator, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Human Development and Disability, University of Washington, and the Principal Investigator and Director of the NICHD-funded, University of Washington Multidisciplinary Learning Disability Center and Center for Oral and Written Language Learners (OWLs). During her 30 years of research on normal reading, writing, and math development and learning disabilities in reading, writing, and math, she has authored, co-authored, or edited over 200 research publications, including 12 books.

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services for persons with hearing impairment will be available at this meeting.

Lori said...

The JAMS meeting is Wednesday, 12/18, not Thursday.

Lori said...

Slide 23 is about wringing additional savings out of Transportation, but I'm not sure how to interpret the following bullet point:

"Limit Transportation to neighborhood schools, eliminate Grandfathering/exceptions to Transportation Standards
• Estimated savings = $2.4–$2.8 M"

Does it mean provide transportation ONLY to neighborhood schools? Or does it mean provide LESS transportation to neighborhood schools (ie, make more kids walk or find their own way there)? The word "limit" is confusing me! But I think it means the former (eg, potentially no more transportation to Option Schools?)

I guess we'll know more after the meeting this week.

mirmac1 said...

Yes, that Budget/WSS/Transportation presentation is VERY interesting.

Christina said...

I'm planning to go to the SPED PTSA meeting down at JSCEE. Is there usually enough parking available on JSCEE's lot for SPED PTSA meeting attendees?

mirmac1 said...


Yes! I usually park right in front. They probably hate me. : )

Anonymous said...

The Meany MS SDAT is doing middle schools tomorrow, starting at 9:30am.

Ann D