State Board Visit to D.C. Department of Corrections

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”

“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”

A “First Friday” at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS – East End

By Sara Gopalkrishna, Policy Fellow No one should ever turn down an opportunity to tour a pre-K classroom in DC. Lucky for me, an opportunity was presented to me. As part of the First Fridays tour of DC charter schools, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Charter School welcomed us to their new East End campus.Continue reading “A “First Friday” at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS – East End”

Teacher and Principal Retention

By: Alexander Jue, Policy Analyst Teachers are the foundation of a quality education, and they are vital to the success of our students and our schools. The goals of excellence and equity in education in the District of Columbia cannot be achieved without a thriving, highly effective teacher workforce. In May 2018, SBOE contracted withContinue reading “Teacher and Principal Retention”