#ESSATaskForce Hears #DCReportCard Parent Feedback

By Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist 

The SBOE Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Task Force met on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 to discuss the new version of DC’s school report card. Maya Martin, Executive Director of Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE), Josh Boots, Executive Director of EmpowerK12, and representatives from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) provided task force members with an overview of recently held parent feedback sessions on the DC school report card.

PAVE held meetings with each of its Parent Leaders in Education (PLE) Boards in Wards 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Parents were asked to rank the top five things they looked for when they chose a school for their student. Parents then examined PCSB’s Performance Management Framework Reports, DC Public School’s Scorecards, and the LEARN DC profiles, and discussed the pros and cons of each. In addition, PAVE canvassed and collected surveys from 51 total parents. 85% of parents who attended sessions said “Student Performance by Subgroup” and “Teacher Quality” were the most important factors needed on a DC school report card. Re-enrollment, School Funding, and Attendance were also rated highly. Parents want one source where they can get data, and one that helps them interpret quality more easily.

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State Board in the Community: 11-21-2017

By: Alexandria Smith, Communication Fellow

Here are the latest community outings from the members of the DC State Board of Education!

Laura Wilson Phelan of Ward 1 speaks on the work of the SBOE High School Graduation Requirements task force at Banneker High School alongside Ward 4 representative, Lannette Woodruff.

Ward 6 Representative Joe Weedon attends the DCPS Public Budget Hearing led by Chancellor Antwan Wilson at Stuart Hobson Middle School. Members of the public were able to come and testify about their budget re-configuration needs.

On November 2nd, Markus Batchelor of Ward 8 visits Moten Elementary with Councilmember Anita Bonds.

Courageous Conversations Had at NASBE Conference in Atlanta

By: Jack Jacobson, Vice President and Ward 2 Representative

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the National Association of State Boards of Education Annual Conference, where State Board of Education Members from around the country gathered to discuss important education policy issues, build relationships with other policymakers from around the country, and learn about emerging education issues confronting students in Washington and around the country.

For me, the most impactful session I attended was a breakout session titled “Courageous Conversations”, led by presenter Courtlandt Butts. His presentation focused on a conversation compass with four points, representing four areas into which individuals fall when discussing controversial or difficult issues: Feeling, Believing, Acting, or Thinking. It helped me reexamine how I approach issues both with my colleagues and with the constituents I serve. Continue reading

Center City PCS-Congress Heights Hosts First Fridays

On Friday, November 3rd, Center City Public Charter School in Congress Heights hosted community members and education advocates for this month’s First Fridays tour. In one of the most engaging parts of the day, students welcomed and engaged in small group discussions with attendees prior to the start of the presentation giving some true insight into what it’s like to be a student.

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Principal Ms. Niya White gave opening comments before attendees broke up into tour groups. Guests relished the opportunity to drop in and observe classes throughout the building. Ms. White said that teachers and administrators focus on “what we teach and how we teach” in order to ensure students are successful. Center City PCS Congress Heights offers constant opportunities for students to learn, with math, reading, and writing lessons posted on walls throughout the school’s hallways and stairwells.

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Employer-Driven Innovations in CTE

By: Maria Salciccioli, Policy Analyst

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) held an engaging discussion on October 20th, called Employer-Driven Innovations in CTE: Promise, Practice, and Opportunities for Policy. I was excited to attend and learn about any potential connections between the latest research and what our High School Graduation Requirements Task Force is doing – we have a lot of people on the task force with deep expertise on the pathway to college, but we want to make sure we incorporate the career and technical education (CTE) voice into our conversations, and one way to do that is to take advantage of the amazing panels that often take place around the city.

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State Board in the Community: 10-30-2017

By: Alexandria Smith, Communication Fellow

In addition to our #DCGradReqs meeting this past week, SBOE members were out in full force at community events around the District!

RUTH WATTENBERG

Ward 3 Representative, Ruth Wattenberg, was a guest speaker at a Wilson High School Parent Teacher Student Organization meeting on school report cards.

 

ASHLEY CARTER

Our at-large member, Ashley Carter speaks at Friendship Public Charter School on the Every Student Succeeds Act school report card. Ward 8 parents attended this “chat & chew” focus group to discuss school to parent transparency.

 

JOE WEEDON

Joe Weedon speaks at the Capitol Hill Montessori Stories of Our Schools exhibit opening!

SBOE Welcomes New Student Representatives

By: Paul Negron, Communications & Public Engagement

Late last month, the State Board of Education proudly held swearing-in ceremonies for its two new student representatives, Tallya Rhodes (HD Woodson HS, Ward 7) and Tatiana Robinson (Ballou HS, Ward 8). State Board President Karen Williams was joined by Ashley Carter (At-Large) and Markus Batchelor (Ward 8) at both high schools as our newest student representatives were sworn in with proud teachers, classmates, and family members cheering them on!

Tallya Rhodes Swearing-In

Tallya Rhodes’ Swearing-In Ceremony at HD Woodson High School

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State Board in the Community: 10-20-17

By: Alexandria Smith, Communication Fellow

In addition to our monthly public meeting this week, SBOE members were out in full force at community events around the District!

JOE WEEDON, WARD 6

Joe Weedon spoke at the Capitol Hill Montessori “Story of Our Schools” Exhibit.

 

MARKUS BATCHELOR, WARD 8

Markus Batchelor attended a KaBoom Park Opening at The Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus. ” Thanks to @KaBOOM for serving communities in need of investment and youth in need of play! #Ward8 #BelieveIn8

 

ASHLEY CARTER, AT-LARGE

Ashely Carter attended a talk on the future of education reform at The Center for Education Reform along with Friendship Public Charter School founder and SBOE #ESSATaskForce member, Donald Hense.

DCPS Chancellor Wilson Promotes Reign Initiative on #FacebookLive

By: Matt Repka, Policy Analyst

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Antwan Wilson conducted a Facebook Live interview on Friday to talk about a new initiative in DCPS focused on young women of color. The interview, conducted from the DCPS Central Office in Northeast Washington, briefly discussed DCPS’ new “Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders” initiative, which promotes opportunities for young women of color in the school system. The initiative will continue through the 2017-18 school year.

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State Board in the Community: 10-16-17

Lannette Woodruff and Laura Wilson Phelan attended a riveting discussion on family and parent engagement within the education policy space. Learn more about DC PAVE here: dcpave.org.

 

Joe Weedon and Ashley Carter got up bright and early to join Capitol Hill-area students on Walk to School Day on October 4th.

 

Markus Batchelor attended the Anacostia High School homecoming game on October 7th!