Empowering Student Voice in Policy Development and Discussions

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”

A Voice for Change: Dayja Burton, Student Representative

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”

Castle on the Hill- Our Visit to Cardozo Education Campus

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist Last week, Cardozo High School Assistant Principal Matthew Kennedy and his leadership team welcomed State Board members Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3 / President), Ashley MacLeay (At-Large), Emily Gasoi (Ward 1), and some of my SBOE staff colleagues for a school tour and lively education policy discussion at one ofContinue reading “Castle on the Hill- Our Visit to Cardozo Education Campus”

Langley Elementary Touts Conscious Discipline

Langley Elementary School Principal Vanessa Drumm-Canepa and PTSA President Christina Svolopoulos Robbins welcomed State Board members Ruth Wattenberg, Ashley MacLeay, Jessica Sutter, and some of my SBOE staff colleagues to tour their school.

SBOE Provides Feedback on Credit Recovery and Personalized Learning Plans

By: Alexander Jue, Policy Analyst In October 2018, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) was asked by two agencies to submit feedback and comments on a draft policy and a draft research report. The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) solicited public comment on its draft credit recovery policy that they hope to implementContinue reading “SBOE Provides Feedback on Credit Recovery and Personalized Learning Plans”

SBOE Submits Student-focused Recommendations on DCPS Chancellor Search

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist Today, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE), including the Student Representatives and Student Advisory Committee, urged Mayor Muriel Bowser to make certain that any candidate for chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS) possess at least six qualities. Many of the SBOE recommended qualities have been echoed in communityContinue reading “SBOE Submits Student-focused Recommendations on DCPS Chancellor Search”

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”

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 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”

Not Losing Sight of Achievement Goals for All

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow Between 2003 and 2015, the District of Columbia experienced large achievement gains for its students: double-digit gains in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a growth in attendance and graduation (despite recent setbacks), and more students reported satisfaction in their schooling. For a school district that struggled for soContinue reading “Not Losing Sight of Achievement Goals for All”