Purpose(s)/Goal:

  • To provide cross-curricular leadership for middle school standards-based reporting.
  • To support the implementation of a system of standards-based practices for communicating and reporting student’s progress.

Basis for Establishment: 

  • Due to the implementation of a new student information system, supporting standards-based grading and reporting, a new family engagement model, and the transition to the common core state standards, a sense of urgency exists to focus on middle school standards-based reporting.  The Task Force will work purposefully and collaboratively to ensure involvement of representative stakeholders, effective decision-making around key areas of need, and communication to all stakeholders of changes being implemented.

Decision-Making Process:

  • Task Force work will utilize processes of consensus and input/feedback, with clear communication to members and staff regarding the work.
  • The work will be consultative with the Department of Teaching and Learning.
  • The group will be a recommending body, reporting to the Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning and the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning.

Plan of Work:

  • Provide direction for the work associated with standards-based grading and reporting to schools
  • Identify emerging issues and prioritize decision-making
  • Provide guidance for family communication
  • Investigate professional development needs
  • Provide leadership on cross-content professional development days: 10/17, 1/16, 3/6

Timeline:

  • Tuesday afternoon meetings with half-day substitute release
  • 9/18, 10/2, 10/16 – in preparation for 10/17 cross-content professional development
  • 10/30, 11/20, 1/8 – in preparation for 1/16 cross-content professional development
  • Other dates to be determined, as needed, for 3/6 cross-content professional development and steering work for remainder of school year, but not to exceed one Wednesday afternoon meeting per month in February through June.

Members:

The Task Force will consist of 20-25 regular members, representing all four middle schools.   Members will be selected to include representation of grade levels, content areas, specialized groups and range of teaching experiences.

Regular

20 Teachers, 5 from each  Middle School  (1 representative per core content area + 1 elective representative)
2-3  Middle Level Administrator  representatives
Program Administrator Trina Hall, facilitator

Ex-officio:

The Task Force will consist of ex-officio members who will serve as consultants and contributors to the process, as well as collaboratively partner in the oversight of the Task Force work.
Director of Curriculum & Instruction Jim Facciano
Research and Assessment Manager Brian Rick
Director of Educational Technology Ralph Hayden
Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations, Tanya Rowe
The Task Force may call on technical and/or content specifics expertise as necessary.

Responsibilities:

  • Regular meeting attendance and active participation in the work of the Task Force
  • Respectful and collaborative interactions with Task Force members
  • Support of a transparent process through regular communication with school staff on progress of the Task Force according to speaking points generated at each meeting and in accordance with posted Task Force notes
  • Support the involvement of all teachers by gathering input from school staff and families as determined and outlined by the Task Force

Budget Implications

  • Substitutes release time for committee members to attend meetings
  • Curriculum rate of pay for committee meetings conducted outside of regular work hours
  • Funds and/or time for teacher collaboration around the work, possible implication to school level professional development funds.

Other:

Involvement of Parents and Families:  Parents will be involved through the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Committee, as well as other family outreach for input through website announcements and PTSA meetings.

Questions:

If you have questions, please contact your middle school principal or Trina Hall at 676-6542