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”

Launch of the Youth and Family Calls to Action

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow On April 6, 2018 the Aspen Institute hosted the launch of the “Youth and Family Calls to Action,” which are ambitious goals and demands emanating from the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. The National Commission’s goal is to explore how to make social, emotional, andContinue reading “Launch of the Youth and Family Calls to Action”

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”

State Board in the Community: January 2018

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow In December 2017 and early January 2018, the Board members attended a variety of events around the DC community, interacting with students and parents alike. Many Board members took tours of schools during December and January, witnessing teachers and students in action firsthand. • Ashley Carter (At-Large) visited Duke EllingtonContinue reading “State Board in the Community: January 2018”

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”