On the Agenda: DME Update on DCPS Chancellor Search

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist At this month’s working session held this past Wednesday, Interim Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) Ahnna Smith spoke to State Board members about the ongoing search for the new District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor. Mayor Bowser launched the search process earlier this summer, appointing the Our SchoolsContinue reading “On the Agenda: DME Update on DCPS Chancellor Search”

SBOE sees continued, but limited growth on PARCC test 

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist During a press conference held last evening at the newly-modernized Bancroft Elementary School, Mayor Muriel Bowser, with Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, Interim Deputy Mayor Ahnna Smith, State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang, Interim DC Public Schools Chancellor Dr. Amanda Alexander, DC Public Charter School Board Executive Director Scott Pearson,Continue reading “SBOE sees continued, but limited growth on PARCC test “

Transforming Public School Teaching in the Nation’s Capital

By: Maria Salciccioli, Senior Policy Analyst One of the most interesting conversations I attended this summer was the report release event for FutureEd’s A Policymaker’s Playbook: Transforming Public School Teaching in the Nation’s Capital. The event opened with remarks from Council Chair Mendelson, Council Education Chair Grosso, and Interim Deputy Mayor Smith. Thomas Toch thenContinue reading “Transforming Public School Teaching in the Nation’s Capital”

SBOE at School Without Walls

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist Last month, Principal Richard Trogisch and his team welcomed SBOE members Ruth Wattenberg, Joe Weedon, and some of my SBOE staff colleagues to tour the beautiful School Without Walls campus. “Walls,” as the school is affectionately known, is the only DC Public Schools high school located in Ward 2Continue reading “SBOE at School Without Walls”

SBOE Stops By Seaton Stingers

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow On April 19, State Board of Education members Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3), Joe Weedon (Ward 6), and staff members from SBOE and the Ombudsman’s office visited Seaton Elementary School, located a few blocks northeast of Logan Circle in Shaw. An enthusiastic and multicultural school, the Stingers are a very diverseContinue reading “SBOE Stops By Seaton Stingers”

Foundations Give Back to DC Schools

By: Maria Salciccioli, Senior Policy Analyst LaSalle-Backus Education Campus was the recipient of a generous library transformation grant from the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Heart of America, and the Dale Jr. Foundation. The school, located in Ward 4, won the award because its students showed a consistent commitment to literacy through the Redskins Read Program.Continue reading “Foundations Give Back to DC Schools”

Big Hairy Audacious Goals at Jefferson Academy

By: Abby Ragan, Policy Fellow Earlier this month, SBOE representatives Ashley Carter and Ruth Wattenberg joined SBOE staff in a visit to Jefferson Academy (JA), a DCPS community middle school located in Ward 6. The environment at Jefferson Academy during the SBOE visit was warm and welcoming from the moment we entered the building. EveryoneContinue reading “Big Hairy Audacious Goals at Jefferson Academy”

In Class, Not Cuffs: A Discussion about Rethinking School Discipline

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow The Center for American Progress hosted an intriguing panel on January 17th discussing the role of over-punishment in our schools and how it can lead to negative outcomes over time. This is known as the “school-to-prison pipeline,” and is a disturbing, ongoing trend affecting many Districts, LEAs, and schools acrossContinue reading “In Class, Not Cuffs: A Discussion about Rethinking School Discipline”