“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”

SBOE #EdPolicy Roundup: January 2020 – Social Studies & Civics

By Sarah Arrington, Policy Fellow In the new year, the D.C. State Board of Education will continue its “Research Roundup” series in an effort to increase the focus on selected education research and policy concepts, with a specific emphasis on the implications of research and policy on stakeholders in our communities. This January 2020 #EdPolicyContinue reading “SBOE #EdPolicy Roundup: January 2020 – Social Studies & Civics”

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”

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 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”

Student Leaders Present Recommendations on Teacher Turnover and Equity Across Schools

ast week, our outgoing Student Representatives Tatiana Robinson (Ballou High School) and Marjoury Alicea (Capital City Public Charter School) joined Student Advisory Committee (SAC) members Hannah Dunn & Aaliyah Dick (both of Wilson High School) to present the end-of-year SAC report to State Board members.

Active Leadership Begins With Active Listening: Frazier O’Leary, Ward 4

By Frazier O’Leary, Ward 4 SBOE Representative In nearly fifty years of educating District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) students, I have learned that all students can achieve academic excellence if given the guidance and expertise of dedicated teachers and staff. I’ve learned that all students deserve equal access to 21st-century learning resources and thatContinue reading “Active Leadership Begins With Active Listening: Frazier O’Leary, Ward 4”

Putting Students First in #EdPolicy: Jessica Sutter, Ward 6

By Jessica Sutter, Ward 6 SBOE Representative I love school. I’ve loved school since my first day of preschool when I walked in and never looked back to say goodbye to my mom. I’ve loved every school I’ve had the privilege to teach in. I’ve loved when school filled my heart with joy, like whenContinue reading “Putting Students First in #EdPolicy: Jessica Sutter, Ward 6”

Why I Love Education Policy (And You Should, Too!)

By: Maria Salciccioli, Policy Analyst From June 28 – 30, the Education Commission of the States held its 2017 National Forum on Education Policy in San Diego, California. I had the opportunity to attend and relished the chance to meet education leaders from around the country and learn more about other states’ innovative education policies.Continue reading “Why I Love Education Policy (And You Should, Too!)”

Seeing Out-of-School-Time Through Equity Lenses

By: Tara Adam, Policy Fellow On Thursday, May 25, Mila Yochum of the DCPS Out-of-School-Time System Set-Up Team, led a lively discussion centering on the question, how can resources be distributed to support equity within the District? The goal of the afternoon was to help the OST Team determine an equity lens through which RFPContinue reading “Seeing Out-of-School-Time Through Equity Lenses”