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