Showing posts from November, 2017

Yes for Lexington

Due to a "a glitch in the system further up the food chain", the letter of support for the Yes for Lexington Campaign signed by former members of the Lexington School Committee didn't make it into last week's Minuteman newspaper. Please remember to vote this Monday, December 4 -- and I hope you will support these projects.

November 19, 2017
To the Editor: As former members of the Lexington School Committee, we have advocated for all children in our public schools. In each decade there are challenges that our town must work through to assure excellent and equitable education. We have seen a steady rise in the student population over the last 6 years. The School Committee has studied capacity at every school to determine gaps, and evaluated short-term and long-term construction solutions.  They also changed the policy on school assignment, allowing the administration to optimize available seats town-wide. Although some in town believe that money can be saved by increasing …

NASBE Town Hall

Jay Barth, NASBE Chair
John Kelly, NASBE Chair-elect
Kris Amundson, NASBE President & CEO

Amundson: 5 Takeaways from the Conference:
1. Our challenge now is to move beyond the state plan; it's about legacy leadership now.
Need to think about those children, epecially with regard to equity.
Children in poverty -- 30Million fewer words; they are two years behind when they come to school -- it is our problem to solve.
Thinking about what Gov. Deal said to us -- in Georgia, education is Pre-K through prison.

2. This is our moment -- the equity moment.
Answers are not going to come from DC, but from you all in the states.
There is no "magic pill".

3. SBEs can't do it alone.
You need tools and allies.
Need better understanding, better assessments.
Like Candice McQueen said: need to "get better at getting better".

4. It is so important that SBEs model civility.
Our work is not partisan.

5. SBEs all have day jobs.
You can't do all this by yourselves.
Reach out to N…

Excellence through Equity

Pedro Noguera, UCLA

Was once an elected local school board member in Berkley CA.
Didn't particularly like it.
Referred to it as "my sentence".
Thought we were only barely managing a "status quo" that didn't work for most kids.
We were cutting budgets all the time.
So, acknowledge how important this is.
Applaud you for your service.
In Colorado, can't fill many seats, can't get people to run for those offices.
That's a problem.
Democracy depends on people running.
I'm going to say some things to shake you up.
I think that's my job.

Need now for equity and deeper learning: making high standards and powerful learning opportunities available to all teachers and students.

Was in Alaska recently -- school leader there, "We do not know how to educate Alaska-native children".
There's a crisis.
High suicide rates.
Kids barely coming to school.

A failure of reform.
We have focused on the wrong things.
Our education policies …

Leading Innovation to Advance Teaching and Learning

Ash Vasudeva, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (Research)
Glen Harvey, WestEd (Policy)
Candice McQueen, Tennessee Commissioner of Education (Practice)
Robert Hull, NASBE (moderator)

How do you think creatively to solve a problem? This session brings together leading experts in reasearch, policy, and practice to consider how state board members can pursue and support innovation. How can improvement science foster a more user- and problem-centered approach to improving teaching and learning? We will explore ways to build state capacity to identify, adapt, and scale up promising innovations.

Collectively, we expand decades of research, practice, and policy-making.
Wisdom in this room, and classrooms -- education systems continue to face extraordinary challenges.
Many times, "what gives" is a rich and rewarding educational experience.
[Missed the name of the person referenced in his example here]: Addressing families at large community foru…

Rethinking Teaching and Learning

Presenters: Linda Darling-Hammond, Learning Policy Institute; Donna Johnson, Delaware State Board of Education

Session takes a deep dive into a rethinking of teaching and learning with leading researcher; covering recent research on professional learning and a systems approach to retooling curriculum and instruction. "Only well-prepared, culturally skilled, committed techers can ensure that all students graduate ready for college and careers".

Darling-Hammond is live-streaming with us online.

D-H: What kind of learning are we talking about?
Demand for skills is changing.
Top skills for Fortune 500 companies in 1970 were Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic; today, they are teamwork, problem-solving, communication skills.
Knowledge is expanding and exponentially.
Working with technology that hasn't been invented yet.
Need to transfer knowledge to new problems.

Teaching for learning ability, the abilities to:
Transfer and apply knowledgeAnalyze, evaluate, weigh, and balanceCommun…

Welcome and Plenary

We're in Atlanta for NASBE's 59th Annual Conference. The Conference theme is Moving Beyond the State Plan: Excellence - Equity - Innovation

Presenters: Kris Amundson, NASBE President and CEO; Jack Griffin, Food-Finder (attending by video); Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools; Mike Royal, Georgia Board Chair/Presiding; Jay Barth, NASBE Board Chair
Royal: Welcome. Legislative action for a GA Chief Turnaround Officer, GA/SBE just hired yesterday, NASBE ran the search.
Carstarphen: Welcome to Atlanta. Believes that Education is the cornerstone for our Democracy -- "I have drunk the Kool-Aid". Kids need career skills and decision-making skills and also need to have the heart to be better people than we are to do the work with pride and hope and inspiration and thunder. Important to hear from other Superintendents from beyond your schools for better perspective.
Barth: Thanks members of NASBE Board of Directors. Transformative year, with power shift…