Vice President

Jun 232016
 

How should WA define social emotional learning?

By RAMONA HATTENDORF
Vice President, CPPS of Seattle

The Sumner School District has embraced social emotional learning and created this video for students and families. (A great example of outreach, by the way!) But just what is “social emotional learning,” and does the work in Sumner align at all with the work in Seattle, where the district is rolling out RULER? (See here, and here.)

Washington State has a Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks Workgroup to craft a shared definition and propose K-12 standards that build on the state’s early learning guidelines.

They now have a draft and are asking for feedback. Their final recommendations are due to the governor October 1. You can review the draft benchmarks here . The state workgroup wants to know what you like, dislike, think is missing, and any other comments.

There are 3 ways get involved and help to provide feedback:

1.  You Can Organize and Host a Forum : The SEL Benchmarks workgroup has created a focus group protocol that you can use to host a feedback forum for your community.   You can find everything you need to host a forum here.

2.  You Can Attend an Upcoming Community Forum : You can find out when and where they will be by checking here. (July 20 and August 17 have been reserved, but locations are still to be determined.)

3.  You Can Complete the Online Survey :  An online survey tool has been developed to facilitate more extensive stakeholder feedback.  You can find the link to the survey here. (Note: You need to review the proposed benchmarks first)

LEARN MORE: Learn about the advocacy work around social and emotional learning at SEL for Washington, www.selforwa.com.

CONNECT: There is also a social emotional learning group on Facebook where you can connect with people interested in this subject and access resources that they are sharing.

… AND MORE! You might also be interested in the whole child partnership between University of Washington Tacoma and Tacoma Public Schools (here). The University of Washington also has the 3DL Partnership (three dimensional learning) between the School of Social Work and the College of Education. Both the City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools are partners of the 3DL group.

 June 23, 2016  Posted by on June 23, 2016 Parent Line No Responses »
Mar 142016
 

From Seattle Public Schools:

Family survey coming soon: Update your email address and contact info now

The annual Seattle Public School Family Survey is scheduled to be distributed next month, and we encourage you to contact your child’s school to ensure your email address and contact information is up to date by March 18.

This survey provides an important opportunity to reflect on your child’s school and the district. Surveys are also administered each year to all school staff and students in grades 3 through 12.  Results from these surveys will be used to guide improvements at the school and district level. Your responses on this survey are confidential.

Because of new federal limitations on automated phone calls, the survey will not be sent by phone this year. To ensure everyone has an opportunity to respond, paper surveys will be sent to families without an email address on file and to families who do not have a contact on file who speaks English.

For more information, including results of the 2015 Family, Staff, and Student Surveys, as well as a brief video introducing the new Panorama Education survey reporting portal, please visit the “School Climate Surveys” section at www.seattleschools.org/performance. This page also includes the answers to frequently asked questions about the Family Survey. Feel free to email research@seattleschools.org if you have any additional questions.

 March 14, 2016  Posted by on March 14, 2016 Parent Line No Responses »
Mar 012016
 

Yay or nay?

sps hqSchool board directors are set to vote on anti-charter school resolution:

RESOLVED, that the Seattle School Board of Directors (1) requests that the Legislature focus on its paramount duty to amply fund K-12 educational needs first as mandated by the McCleary decision; (2) opposes charter schools and charter school legislation; and (3) disapproves of the establishment of Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) status for former charter schools when operated by non-resident school districts.

Of interest from the introduction agenda:

(Directors will hear about these items, but vote on them at a later meeting)

  • Use of isolation and restraints on students – proposed policy change
  • Preschool agreement – authorizes district to accept a city grant  to continue operations of 3 preschool classrooms and expand to 3-4 additional classrooms. Schools affected: Bailey Gatzert, Van Asselt, Original Van Asselt, Arbor Heights, Boren K-7 STEM, Highland Park, Thornton Creek
  • PTA/PTSA grants for instructional assistants at international schools (McDonald and John Stanford)
  • Various contracts for maintenance or construction, funded by the Building Excellence (BEX) or the Building, Technology and Athletics (BTA) levies. Schools affected: Magnolia Elementary; Franklin High School, Ballard High School, Roosevelt High School, Hughes Elementary, Eckstein Middle School, Lincoln High School, Wing Luke Elementary, John Muir Elementary, McGilvra Elementary, Meany Middle School

 

 

 

 

 March 1, 2016  Posted by on March 1, 2016 Parent Line No Responses »
Jan 312016
 

Join us for lunch!

Register todayFriday, April 1, 11 am – 1 pm
NW African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144

Menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options


Support students & transform relationships

Imagine: Trained tutors in every class. Now layer in deep and trusting relationships between parents and teachers, and diverse role models for students. Oh, and extra eyes, ears and hands ready to help just when kids need it.

You can make this happen.

Your luncheon donations benefit:

  • Parent Volunteer Mentorship, a tutor recruiting and training program and acclaimed parent-engagement model
  • A Better Way: The Charles Rolland Initiative for Public Engagement. Listen. Learn. Deliberate. Participate.

Come learn about these programs and hear from equity champion Erin Jones: Milken Educator of the Year; White House Champion of Change; and former Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement, OSPI

Suggested donation:

  • $75 – Lunch, program and museum tour
  • $50 – Early bird registration, by March 10

Can’t attend, but want to support this work? Donate here!

Thanks so very much! Students win when we work together.


*Luncheon program starts at noon; food service starts at 11:30 am; museum exhibits open at 11 am. Be sure to leave time to network!

 

 

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Jan 192016
 

Full board meets; Dir. Blanford’s drop-in is Saturday

sps hqFrom Seattle Public Schools:

In our continuing efforts to keep the public apprised of meetings, we are sending this Weekly Meeting Schedule. As schedules do change, please refer to the website for the most up-to-date calendar items.

 

DATE TIME MEETING DESCRIPTION LOCATION ATTENDANCE
Monday, January 18, 2016 ALL DAY District Offices Closed – Holiday
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 4:15 – 8:00 PM Regular Board Meeting Auditorium, Stanford Center Open
Thursday, January 21, 2016 4:30 – 6:30 PM Board Special Meeting: Operations Committee Meeting Board Office Conference Room,

Stanford Center

Open
Saturday, January 23, 2016 10:00 – 11:30 AM District V Community Meeting (Blanford) Douglass Truth Branch Library, 2300 E Yesler Way Open

 

MATERIALS FOR 1/20 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING:

 

Regular School Board meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month unless otherwise noted.  The meeting agenda plus corresponding documentation are posted online by the end of the day on the Friday prior to the School Board meeting.  When you click on an item on the agenda, note that at the end of each action report, there are additional attachments pertinent to that specific Board action. The calendar section at the end of the agenda lists upcoming meetings for the next month for Board members.  For the most current information, please see the School Board Calendar on the district’s website.

Committee meeting agendas are available here.

Seattle School Board meetings are broadcast live on the Seattle Public Schools education channel – Channel 26 on Comcast.  For a complete broadcast schedule, please refer to our IBC website Video of each Board meeting is also available via the City’s Seattle Channel, usually posted within 24 hours of the meeting.

Any questions may be directed to the School Board Office at the contact number indicated below.

Thank you,

 

Kathie Thu Pham

Board Office Administrator

Seattle Public Schools

206-252-0040

ktpham@seattleschools.org

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Jan 122016
 

School board directors Geary and Harris host drop-in community meetings this Saturday

From Seattle Public Schools:

sps hqIn our continuing efforts to keep the public apprised of meetings, we are sending this Weekly Meeting Schedule. As schedules do change, please refer to the link online for the most up-to-date calendar items.

DATE TIME MEETING DESCRIPTION LOCATION ATTENDANCE
Monday, January 11, 2016 4:30 – 6:30 PM Board Special Meeting:  Curriculum & Instruction Policy Committee Board Office Conference Room   Open to the public
Thursday, January 14, 2016 4:30 – 6:30 PM Board Special Meeting:  Audit & Finance Committee Board Office Conference Room   Open to the public
Saturday, January 16, 2016 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

 

 

3:00 – 4:30 PM

District III Community Meeting (Director Geary)

 

 

District VI Community Meeting (Director Harris)

Montlake Branch of The Seattle Public Library, 2401 24th Ave E

 

Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 9010 35th Ave SW

  Open to the public

 

 

Open to the public

 

Regular School Board meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month unless otherwise noted.  The Board meeting agenda plus corresponding documentation are posted online by the end of the day on the Friday prior to the School Board meeting.  When you click on an item on the agenda, note that at the end of each action report, there are links to additional attachments pertinent to that specific Board action. The calendar section at the end of the agenda lists upcoming meetings for the next month for Board members.  For the most current information, please see the School Board Calendar on the district’s website.

Committee meeting agendas are available here.

Seattle School Board meetings are broadcast live on the Seattle Public Schools education channel – Channel 26 on Comcast.  For a complete broadcast schedule, please refer to our IBC website.  Video of each Board meeting is also available via the City’s Seattle Channel, usually posted within 24 hours of the meeting.

Any questions may be directed to the School Board Office at the contact number indicated below.

 

Lauren Fode

Temporary Board Office Administrator

Seattle Public Schools

206-252-0040

lafode@seattleschools.org

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Dec 132015
 

Seattle Public Schools leads state in rigorous certification

From the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction:

OLYMPIA — Washington has the largest group of new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) for the third consecutive year, according to numbers released today by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

A total of 329 Washington teachers achieved their certification this year. Washington ranks fourth, nationwide, in the total number of NBCTs (8,614)*.

“The National Board certification process is not easy,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “It takes content knowledge and commitment to student learning. I’m proud of the work these teachers have done for their students and their profession.”

Washington by the numbers:
  • Number of new NBCTs in 2015: 329 (national rank: 1st)
  • Total number of NBCTs: 8,614 (national rank: 4th)
  • Washington has two of the top 30 school districts in the nation for the total number of NBCTs.
  • 38% (126) of new NBCTs teach in “challenging schools.”
  • 14% (8,614) of teachers are NBCTs.
  • 33% (107) of new NBCTs teach in STEM fields

Across the country, fewer teachers were certified this year because the National Board started transitioning to a new certification process in 2014. Because it can take up to three years to earn certification, the NBCTs announced this year have been using the process in place prior to 2014. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is making changes to the process to remove barriers to earning certification that have nothing to do with whether a teacher is accomplished.

Washington’s investment in the National Board program is critical to its success. The state’s conditional loan program helps candidates pay for the cost of certification. Loans are repaid using the bonuses teachers earn after becoming certified. Nearly half of these new NBCTs participated in the loan program and will pay back more than $320,000 into the revolving fund so that money can be made available to new candidates.

A joint effort led by the Office of the Governor, the Washington Education Association, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, as well as to broad bipartisan support in the state Legislature, has led to a rapid increase in NBCTs in Washington.

Gov. Jay Inslee acknowledged the dedication of the new NBCTs. “Congratulations to the 329 Washington teachers who earned their national board certification, one of the best-known gold standards in the teaching profession. These teachers have shown true dedication to their students and their profession, and I commend their ongoing commitment to helping our students excel.”

Top 9 school districts in Washington with new NBCTs:
  1. Seattle+ (23)
  2. Kent (18)
  3. Evergreen – Clark (17)
  4. Federal Way (16)
  5. North Thurston (11)
  6. Pasco (11)
  7. Spokane (11)
  8. Tacoma (11)
  9. Clover Park (10)

+ Seattle Public Schools ranks nationally in the top 30 districts by total number of NBCTs.

Board certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards requires teachers to submit a four-part portfolio and a six-exercise content and pedagogy assessment. The 10 entries document a teacher’s success in the classroom as evidenced by his or her students’ learning. The portfolio is then assessed by a national panel of peers.

In 2007, the state Legislature passed a bill that awards a $5,000 bonus to each NBCT. Teachers can receive up to an additional $5,000 bonus if they teach in “challenging” schools, which are defined as having a certain percentage of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch (50 percent for high schools, 60 percent for middle schools and 70 percent for elementary schools).

For more information

* This number varies slightly from the number reported by the board. The Board relies on teachers to self-report and maintain their contact information. Some teachers choose not to share that information. OSPI relies on a combination S-275 personnel data and Board data, and the combination is considered to be more accurate.

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Dec 132015
 

Strategic plan work session; drop-in meetings for Patu and Geary on agenda

From Seattle Public Schools, board office:

sps hqIn our continuing efforts to keep the public apprised of meetings, we are sending this Weekly Meeting Schedule which lists all the meetings of the Seattle School Board currently scheduled through this coming week.  As schedules do change, please refer to the website for the most up-to-date calendar items.

 

DATE TIME MEETING DESCRIPTION LOCATION ATTENDANCE
Monday, December 14, 2015 4:30 – 6:30 PM Board Special Meeting:  Curriculum & Instruction Policy Committee Board Office Conference Room Open
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 4:30 – 8:30 PM Board Special Meeting

·  Work Session: Strategic Plan/Governance Priorities Update (4:30-6:00pm)

·  Work Session: Board 2015-16 Self-Evaluation (6:00-7:30pm)

·  Executive Session: Evaluate the performance of a public employee, Litigation (7:30-8:30pm*)

*Times given are approximate

 

Auditorium,  John Stanford Center

 

 

Board Office Conference Room

 

 

Open

 

 

Closed

Thursday, December 17, 2015 4:30 – 6:30 PM Board Special Meeting:  Operations Committee Board Office Conference Room Open
Saturday, December 19, 2015 10:00 – 11:30 AM District VII Community Meeting (Patu) Caffe Vita, 5028 Wilson Ave S Open
Saturday, December 19, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM District III Community Meeting (Geary) Montlake Library, 2401 24th Ave E Open

 

Regular School Board meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month unless otherwise noted.  The meeting agenda plus corresponding documentation are posted online by the end of the day on the Friday prior to the School Board meeting.  When you click on an item on the agenda, note that at the end of each action report, there are links to additional attachments pertinent to that specific Board action. The calendar section at the end of the agenda lists upcoming meetings for the next month for Board members.  For the most current information, please see the School Board Calendar on the district’s website.

Committee meeting agendas are available here.

Seattle School Board meetings are broadcast live on the Seattle Public Schools education channel – Channel 26 on Comcast.  For a complete broadcast schedule, please refer to our IBC website.  Video of each Board meeting is also available via the City’s Seattle Channel, usually posted within 24 hours of the meeting.

Any questions may be directed to the School Board Office at the contact number indicated below.

Thank you,

Theresa Hale
Board Office Manager
Seattle Public Schools
206-252-0041
tlhale@seattleschools.org

 

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Dec 132015
 

Understanding the School Budget

  • January 25, 2016, 6-8 p.m., John Stanford Center auditorium, 2445 3rd Avenue South Seattle, WA 98134 

Pocket Calculator. 2015. Photo: Anka AlbrechtFrom Seattle Public Schools:

Have you ever wondered how school funding, staffing and budgets are determined, but never knew who to ask?

The Seattle Public Schools finance team is excited to present an evening dedicated to understanding the school budget process on January 25, 2016.

Mark your calendar now for this fun and informative evening event!

Understanding the School Budget
Auditorium of the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
January 25, 2016, from 6 until 8 p.m.

They’ll share helpful information such as:

  • When the 2016-17 school planning dates occur
  • An overview of the budgeting process
  • How funding is determined and schools are staffed, including understanding information around class sizes and the process for parent involvement

Individuals who may need an auxiliary aid or service for this event should contact Patricia Stambor by phone at 206-252-0204 email accessibility@seattleschools.org by Wednesday, January 20.

 

 December 13, 2015  Posted by on December 13, 2015 Parent Line No Responses »
Nov 112015
 

Survey for families of students with disabilities

From the Washington Student Achievement Council:

Greetings!

Please take a moment to complete this short survey. Your input will inform the statewide Disability Task Force’s 2015 annual report and next steps.

Your participation is voluntary. Responses will be completely anonymous; your name will not appear anywhere on the survey or in any information that is shared. Completing this survey constitutes your consent to participate. Please direct questions to annem@wsac.wa.gov.

You can access the surveys here:

https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/amm57/280053

Thank you so much for your time!

Anne Messerly,
Policy Associate, Washington Student Achievement Council
www.wsac.wa.gov

 November 11, 2015  Posted by on November 11, 2015 Parent Line No Responses »