Confronting Educational Inequities to Support All D.C. Students: Jacque Patterson, At-Large

The only way we ensure every student succeeds is to ensure every student gets what they need. That’s my definition of equity. And I look forward to working with residents to make sure that happens.

An Education of Our Own: Dr. Carlene Reid, Ward 8

By Dr. Carlene Reid, Ward 8 Representative My ward has had every negative statistic imaginable thrown at us. The numbers that we are high in are often not viewed positively. Yet, between my experiences growing up in a couple of churches and establishing a home eight years ago, I cannot help but think of theContinue reading “An Education of Our Own: Dr. Carlene Reid, Ward 8”

Preparing Our Students With an Education That Will Allow Them to Accomplish Their Dreams: Eboni-Rose Thompson, Ward 7

D.C. has so many paths and so many opportunities. We don’t have an opportunity issue—we have a preparation issue. We are a great and powerful city. However, in order for us to be a truly great city, we must become a city that prepares our kids with an education that will allow them to accomplish their dreams.

Advancing Literacy Across D.C., Allister Chang, Ward 2

By: Allister Chang, Ward 2 Representative Ever since being sworn in on January 2nd as a member of the D.C. State Board of Education, I can’t stop thinking about the urgency for literacy among all of our students. Imagine you’re in 4th grade. Your social studies teacher calls on you to answer a question aboutContinue reading “Advancing Literacy Across D.C., Allister Chang, Ward 2”

Farewell to Outgoing State Board Members

The D.C. State Board of Education is the only independent education agency with elected representatives. Board members’ terms are four years and are staggered so no more than five board members are selected in any one election. As we welcome our new State Board members, we would like to recognize and thank our outgoing members.Continue reading “Farewell to Outgoing State Board Members”

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”

Key Takeaways: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child During Hybrid Learning Webinar #1 – Family Engagement

By Jhoselin Beltran Contreras, Policy Fellow On October 28, the D.C. State Board of Education held its inaugural Well-Rounded Education webinar series “Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child During Hybrid Learning.”  This webinar series focuses on meeting the needs of the whole child, including providing social and emotional learning (SEL), mental health, technology supportContinue reading “Key Takeaways: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child During Hybrid Learning Webinar #1 – Family Engagement”

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”