State Board in the Community: June 2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist In June, SBOE members criss-crossed the District visiting DC public schools and public charter schools, attending high school graduation events, and participating in important community gatherings. Karen (Ward 7 / President), Ashley (At-Large), and Joe (Ward 6) attended Mayor Bowser’s press conference announcing the new search committee for DCContinue reading “State Board in the Community: June 2018”

State Board in the Community: April 2018

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow Spring has officially sprung for State Board members! This past month, the members of the Board participated in and attended enlightening and fascinating events around the District. Ashley (At-Large) read to students at Cedar Tree Academy as part of the Read Across DC Campaign. I had such a fun timeContinue reading “State Board in the Community: April 2018”

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”

State Board in the Community: April 2018

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow While the weather has been stubbornly cold, the cherry blossoms are due to hit peak bloom by this coming weekend. Spring will spring soon! Throughout the month of March, State Board members have been active in the community and continue to be a voice for education in the District. RuthContinue reading “State Board in the Community: April 2018”

SBOE Visit to DCI School

By: Abby Ragan, Policy Fellow Earlier this week, Ward 3 representative Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 4 representative Lannette Woodruff and SBOE staff visited the new campus of DC International School. The group was welcomed by Principal Simon Rodberg and taken on tours of the building by pairs of student ambassadors. The SBOE team was able toContinue reading “SBOE Visit to DCI School”

Tour of Eagle Academy PCS

By: Maria Salciccioli, Senior Policy Analyst At the Board’s January Public Meeting, we heard testimony on the ESSA school report cards that the SBOE is working with the Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) to produce. Two school leaders testified that the format of the report cards disadvantages schools that only serve early childhood students,Continue reading “Tour of Eagle Academy PCS”

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”

New SBOE Leadership for 2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist At this month’s public meeting, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) elected Ms. Karen Williams of Ward 7 as President and Mr. Jack Jacobson of Ward 2 as Vice President. Both members served in these roles during 2017 and both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience toContinue reading “New SBOE Leadership for 2018”

Community Engagement at EdFest 2017

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist Rain, sleet and snow did not stop the SBOE from heading to EdFEST17 on Saturday, December 9th! Members from the State Board and the Office of the Ombudsman and Student Advocate joined a number of DC public schools and public charter schools to showcase the city’s public school optionsContinue reading “Community Engagement at EdFest 2017”

State Board in the Community: November 2017

By: Alexandria Smith, Communication Fellow Here are the latest community outings from the members of the DC State Board of Education! Laura Wilson Phelan of Ward 1 speaks on the work of the SBOE High School Graduation Requirements task force at Banneker High School alongside Ward 4 representative, Lannette Woodruff. Thank you @Banneker_ES for allowingContinue reading “State Board in the Community: November 2017”