2020 in Review Part 3: D.C. State Board of Education Annual Report

Dear Residents of the District of Columbia, This is not the year we expected. Our city, our school communities, and the State Board’s agenda planned for 2020 were changed in unprecedented ways by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, schools were forced to suddenly close this spring, and, as of now, our city is stillContinue reading “2020 in Review Part 3: D.C. State Board of Education Annual Report”

2020 in Review Part 2: Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education Annual Report

By: The Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education What is an Ombudsman? The word “ombudsman” is derived from a Swedish word meaning “entrusted person” or “grievance representative.” The word has come to denote a trusted agent who looks after the interests of a group. The Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education is anContinue reading “2020 in Review Part 2: Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education Annual Report”

2020 in Review Part 1: Office of the Student Advocate Annual Report

By: Office of the Student Advocate What is the Office of the Student Advocate? The DC Office of the Student Advocate guides and supports students, parents, families, and community members in navigating the public school system in D.C. Our mission is to empower D.C. residents to achieve equal access to public education through advocacy, outreach,Continue reading “2020 in Review Part 1: Office of the Student Advocate Annual Report”

School Climate in the District and Beyond

By Sandra Mansour, Policy Fellow School climate has always been an important area in education, but given the global COVID-19 pandemic, education officials are giving this area of schooling increasingly more attention. School climate does not refer to whether a school’s temperature is hot or cold, as the name might entail. Rather, while there isContinue reading “School Climate in the District and Beyond”

SBOE #EdPolicy Roundup: May 2020—COVID-19 Effects on Teacher Evaluations and Learning Loss

By Sandra Mansour and Sarah Arrington This month, the D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) continues its efforts to make education research and policy concepts accessible to all stakeholders in our communities. The May 2020 #EdPolicy Research Roundup features two reports: one from National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), which examines teacher evaluations and supportContinue reading “SBOE #EdPolicy Roundup: May 2020—COVID-19 Effects on Teacher Evaluations and Learning Loss”

Castle on the Hill- Our Visit to Cardozo Education Campus

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist Last week, Cardozo High School Assistant Principal Matthew Kennedy and his leadership team welcomed State Board members Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3 / President), Ashley MacLeay (At-Large), Emily Gasoi (Ward 1), and some of my SBOE staff colleagues for a school tour and lively education policy discussion at one ofContinue reading “Castle on the Hill- Our Visit to Cardozo Education Campus”

SBOE #EdPolicy Research Roundup: March 2019

By Sara Gopalkrishna, Policy Fellow We’ve been shining a light on teacher and principal retention since October 2018—commissioning a report, hosting a public forum, inviting numerous expert witnesses to our public meetings, and convening a working group. As such, the #EdPolicy Research Roundup: March 2019 features two reports that touch on this important issue. OneContinue reading “SBOE #EdPolicy Research Roundup: March 2019”

SBOE #EdPolicy Research Roundup: January 2019

By: Alexander Jue, Policy Analyst Ensuring research and policy concepts are accessible to all stakeholders in our communities is important. Think tanks and policy-based organizations release reports and their findings on a regular basis, but some times the information contained within these reports can be difficult to navigate and understand to a more novice readerContinue reading “SBOE #EdPolicy Research Roundup: January 2019”

SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 10-27-2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist Check out the latest in education news and events here in the District and around the nation! SBOE IN THE NEWS Why are so many DC teachers leaving their jobs? | WTOP City announces plan to use vacant Shaw site for Banneker expansion | DC Line DC NEWS PayingContinue reading “SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 10-27-2018”

SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 10-20-2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist Check out our breakdown of the latest in education news here in the District and around the country. SBOE IN THE NEWS Report on DC teacher turnover in excess of national average prompts look at ways to improve retention | DC Line DC NEWS Mayor Says She Didn’t KnowContinue reading “SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 10-20-2018”