As the work to monitor and adjust the implementation of new grade spans progresses, the Grade Configuration Steering Committee continues to meet. Four of the original seven project planning teams have completed their work; the three remaining project teams will continue throughout this school year.
Middle School Design Team
At their January meeting, team members provided feedback on the first year of implementation of the gifted education cluster model at the four middle schools. The team previewed the elective course descriptions for the 2016-17 school year and identified next steps in the writing team process for teachers. Lastly, feedback from the Ramp Up to Readiness coordinators was shared as part of the process for evaluating the implementation of the middle school daily advisory curriculum.
Future team meetings will continue to focus on differentiation, the cluster model, and implementation of the daily advisory curriculum.
High School Programming Project Team
The January meeting of the high school programming team focused on review of the high school programming timeline, discussion of elective course offerings for the registration handbooks, and continued discussion about credit recovery options for 9th grade students.
At the February meeting, team members completed a formative evaluation of the 2016-17 student registration process. The team also heard a summary of best practices in supporting the transition for incoming ninth grade students. Lastly, the team finalized plans for ninth grade recovery options for the 2016-17 school year.
Out-of-School Time Project Team
The Out-of-School Time team’s major accomplishments since December include continued work on the logic model to expand programming and planning for the launch of summer 2016 programming. Team members are starting to meet with sites to look at 2016 needs, wants, and ideas for programming. Challenges in this work include managing program growth, securing financial commitments, and public awareness. The team is also discussing how to engage perspectives from different cultures and schools to determine how to increase participation in Out-of-School Time programs.