School Climate in the District and Beyond

By Sandra Mansour, Policy Fellow School climate has always been an important area in education, but given the global COVID-19 pandemic, education officials are giving this area of schooling increasingly more attention. School climate does not refer to whether a school’s temperature is hot or cold, as the name might entail. Rather, while there isContinue reading “School Climate in the District and Beyond”

SBOE Director Shares Best Practices to Engage State Policymakers

Earlier this month, Executive Director John-Paul Hayworth had the pleasure to serve as a panelist at the first in-person convening of the Leadership Exchange for Adolescent Health Promotion (LEAHP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Thanks for the Ride!

By: Sara Gopalkrishna, Policy Fellow Thanks for the ride, SBOE! As a DCPS parent and a doctoral student of education policy, these last five months as a Policy Fellow at the DC State Board of Education have been illuminating and fun. I have come to understand the structure of educational governance in the District andContinue reading “Thanks for the Ride!”

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”

SBOE #EdPolicy Research Roundup: January 2019

By: Alexander Jue, Policy Analyst Ensuring research and policy concepts are accessible to all stakeholders in our communities is important. Think tanks and policy-based organizations release reports and their findings on a regular basis, but some times the information contained within these reports can be difficult to navigate and understand to a more novice readerContinue reading “SBOE #EdPolicy Research Roundup: January 2019”

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 “

Putting #StudentsFirst: Our Vote on Credit Recovery

Credit recovery is supposed to provide students that have already failed a course the opportunity to make up or recover the credit. The regulations submitted to the State Board by OSSE were an attempt to provide statewide guardrails on a chaotic mix of programs, varied interpretations of policies or the complete absence of policies. TheContinue reading “Putting #StudentsFirst: Our Vote on Credit Recovery”

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”