Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 1: Sharing your observations and concerns

Welcome to the first day of the WCCUSD Quality Improvement Project.  This first post is an opportunity for parents, teachers, students, district staff, and all other community members to share what is on your mind with respect to the WCCUSD.  Please be respectful and try to avoid using names of individuals, including teachers, administrators, etc.

1 comment:

  1. I believe that the school API scores and School Accountability Report Cards (SARC) only tell part of the story.

    SARC site

    In order to better address the obstacles to a quality education, we need to have a better picture of what goes on in each school and each classroom on a day-to-day basis. Each of us needs to learn how to observe and report. We need to educate ourselves on what to expect in our classrooms.

    This includes a review of enrollment and hiring policies, procurement procedures, curriculum development and implementation, teacher and administrator training and competency assessment and qualifications, and teacher recruitment and retention, including documentation of school site-specific turnover.

    For example, a parent shared that their child did not have a math book for the first part of the school year. The next step should be to request a copy of the district policy regarding procurement and distribution of text books. Was the district policy followed? If not, we should include this with our report to the Superintendent and school board.

    Another parent shared that their child was deemed by their teacher as being in need of a literacy intervention strategy. The parent was concerned at how this determination was made and how this was then communicated to them. A request was made for the district policy on literacy intervention (including implementation and notification), but none was provided. Feedback from the WCCUSD Quality Improvement Project could include recommendation of better communication of such strategies.