State Board in the Community: 01-31-2018

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow

In December 2017 and early January 2018, the Board members attended a variety of events around the DC community, interacting with students and parents alike. Many Board members took tours of schools during December and January, witnessing teachers and students in action firsthand.

• Ashley Carter (At-Large) visited Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

• Laura Wilson Phelan (Ward 1) highlighted the tremendous work of our #DCGradReqs Task Force as a panelist on a National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) webinar focused on equity in high school graduation requirements.

• Jack Jacobson (Ward 2) visited the MdBio Foundation’s explorer lab and engaged with 8th grade students about their passion for STEM education, and how technology is driving interest in the field.

• Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3) attended a special education workshop along with members from the SBOE’s Office of the Student Advocate.

• Lannette Woodruff (Ward 4) and Markus Batchelor (Ward 8) both attended the DC Public Charter School Board’s (DCPCSB) TIERific Celebration of Quality Schools, which highlighted and celebrated the city’s highest performing public charter schools.

• Joe Weedon (Ward 6) took a tour of Benjamin Banneker High School

• Markus Batchelor (Ward 8) attended a public safety discussion hosted by Hendley Elementary School

• Karen Williams (Ward 7) and Markus Batchelor (Ward 8) attended the annual MLK Peace Walk and Parade in Anacostia on January 15th in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The parade included the high school marching bands from Ballou, Dunbar, and Anacostia.

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