By Sarah Arrington, Policy Fellow The State Board’s Social Studies Standards Committee, chaired by Jessica Sutter, the Ward 6 Representative, is leading the District’s effort to revise the statewide social studies standards. The standards have not been updated since 2006 and are thought to be Eurocentric and exclusive of many cultures’ histories. In the SocialContinue reading “Elevating Student Voice in the Creation of the New Social Studies Standards”
By Emily Gasoi, Ward 1 Representative On February 6, 2020, the State Board team visited the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) Central Detention Facility (CDF). Upon arrival, we were greeted by Director Quincy Booth, Deputy Director of Professional Development & College and Career Readiness, Amy Lopez, and Public Information Officer, Dr. Keena Blackmon. Before beginning theContinue reading “State Board Visit to D.C. Department of Corrections”
By Alexander Jue, Policy Analyst Our education system is more student-centered and student-driven than ever before. This means that policymakers and decision-makers must ensure student voice is elevated and actively heard. Watch: Empowering the Student Voice Since 2006, the D.C. State Board of Education has appointed two students to serve as representatives on the StateContinue reading “Empowering Student Voice in Policy Development and Discussions”
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”
By Emily Gasoi, Ward 1 Representative On October 16, I headed off to Omaha, NE along with a small group of SBOE colleagues and staff for the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) annual conference. NASBE is a membership organization that “develops, supports, and empowers citizen leaders on state boards of education toContinue reading “Civics Education, Inequities Facing Incarcerated Youth, and More: Takeaways from the 2019 NASBE Conference”
By Dayja Burton, SY2019–20 Student Representative At first, I had no idea what the role of Student Representative of the D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) would entail or that it even existed. But, after my teachers at McKinley Technology High School introduced me to the opportunity, I knew this would align with my personalityContinue reading “A Voice for Change: Dayja Burton, Student Representative”
By Alex O’Sullivan, SY2019–20 Student Representative I applied to be a SY2019–20 student representative on the D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) because I know the importance—now more than ever—of fulfilling my civic duty by actively engaging with my community, and serving with elected officials and driven high school students to provide voices for youthContinue reading “Fulfilling My Civic Duty: Alex O’Sullivan, Student Representative”
As I finish up my final week serving as public affairs specialist for the DC State Board of Education, here are a few moments I won’t soon forget.
Earlier this summer, the State Board of Education was thrilled to announce the selection of Dayja Burton, a rising senior at McKinley Technology High School, and Alex O’Sullivan, a rising sophomore at BASIS DC PCS, as Student Representatives for the 2019–20 school year.
We had the chance to visit Aiton Elementary School in Ward 7 and Murch Elementary School in Ward 3 for their Strawberries & Salad Greens Day festivities.