Last month I focused on the Top 10 list of 2013-14. This month I want to share the priorities that will be at the top of our list this winter and spring.
First of all, this is a legislative year. With the Governor’s budget release in December that is much too low to adequately fund our educational programs, we will anxiously await the co-chairs’ budget. Many proposed bills are on my radar, but especially the potential impact on instructional time, inter-district transfers and the 5th year expanded diploma options.
With the uncertainty around the new budget for the next biennium, we are entering contract negotiations with all three bargaining groups: certified, classified and non-represented. This process has been and undoubtedly will continue to be, collaborative and productive. However, it is very time consuming.
The new assessment Smarter Balanced will be implemented later this spring, which will be a new experience for our students and staff. We have been preparing for the implementation of the test, yet still are cautiously optimistic around the administration logistics and student outcomes.
We are in the midst of researching, reviewing and piloting potential Language Arts adoptions, both print and digital, for next year. This is a critical process that involves many staff members. Mathematics will be on the docket for review the following year.
The new teacher and leader evaluation systems are in place and being refined through collaborative training and practice. The processes are more relevant and rigorous based around strong student outcomes and effective teaching strategies.
Finally, professional development is always a focus for our staff support. We are utilizing a cohort model this year where staff members are delivering training to peers that is relevant and meaningful.
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