“The Best Team in District Government” – Matt’s Top 5 Moments at the State Board

By Matt Repka, Policy Analyst I first started at the State Board in late 2017. Since then, I’ve been on staff for 28 working sessions, 27 task force meetings, 26 public meetings, three performance oversight hearings, two budget oversight hearings, and one public forum on teacher retention. Throughout this time, the State Board has continuedContinue reading ““The Best Team in District Government” – Matt’s Top 5 Moments at the State Board”

Elevating the Hidden Voices of a Community: Equity and Authentic Stakeholder Engagement

By Matt Repka, Policy Analyst In late October, the State Board attended the iNACOL Symposium in Palm Springs, California. iNACOL, short for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, is a D.C.-area organization that advocates for online, competency-based, and personalized learning opportunities for students. Since 2017, the organization has expanded to focus more broadly onContinue reading “Elevating the Hidden Voices of a Community: Equity and Authentic Stakeholder Engagement”

SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 08-26-2018

By: Matt Repka, Policy Analyst Here’s our rundown of this week’s top education news and events in the District and around the country! SBOE IN THE NEWS Karen Williams: School can be a warm, exciting place to be | The DC Line A student’s voice | David Grosso Meet Marjoury Alicea, SBOE’s bilingual student representative | DC LanguageContinue reading “SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 08-26-2018”

Louisiana’s Content Leader Initiative – A Guide to State Support of Local Education Agencies

By: Matt Repka, Policy Analyst Educators and school leaders from across the state of Louisiana – and some guests from the District of Columbia – assembled in New Orleans last month to participate in four days of intensive professional development around English language arts (ELA) instruction and content. More than 300 educators participated in theContinue reading “Louisiana’s Content Leader Initiative – A Guide to State Support of Local Education Agencies”

2018 National Forum on Education Policy

By: Matt Repka, Policy Analyst The Education Commission of the States (ECS) held its annual National Forum on Education Policy in late June 2018 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. Hundreds of state legislators, state board members, principals, teachers, and other education stakeholders attended the three-day event, which featured presentations, workshops, and addressesContinue reading “2018 National Forum on Education Policy”

SBOE Student Rep Co-leads Ward 8 Education Town Hall

By: Matt Repka, Policy Analyst Earlier this week, Councilmember David Grosso kicked off his series of education town halls in Ward 8 at the Anacostia public library. This was the first of eight such town halls, one in each ward of the city, over the summer. The town hall was led by five youth leaders,Continue reading “SBOE Student Rep Co-leads Ward 8 Education Town Hall”

Center City Shaw – Character / Excellence / Service

By: Matt Repka, Policy Analyst Last month, State Board members met with teachers and administrators at Center City Public Charter Schools’ Shaw campus to visit classes and discuss their school. Principal Alicia McCloud, assistant principals Natasha Taylor and Rashaida Melvin, and managing director Demetrial Gartrell welcomed Board Members Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3) and Joe WeedonContinue reading “Center City Shaw – Character / Excellence / Service”

SBOE Visit to Meridian Public Charter School

By: Matt Repka, Policy Analyst Last month, SBOE staff visited the middle school campus of Meridian Public Charter School in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC. Meridian PCS, which first opened in the 1999-2000 school year, has a total enrollment of roughly 700 students from PK3 to 8th grade. The school’s mission isContinue reading “SBOE Visit to Meridian Public Charter School”

In The Age of Inequality, Does Public Schooling Make a Difference?

By: Matt Repka, Policy Analyst Last week, SBOE staff attended a panel event on Capitol Hill on the implications of rising economic inequality on American public education. Titled “In the Age of Inequality, Does Public Education Make a Difference?” and presented jointly by the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the American EducationalContinue reading “In The Age of Inequality, Does Public Schooling Make a Difference?”

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 asContinue reading “DCPS Chancellor Wilson Promotes Reign Initiative on #FacebookLive”