Board Briefs for Tuesday, November 7, 2017
At Tuesday night’s meeting, Chief Academic Officer Lisa Metzinger and Director of K-12 Instruction Dr. Quiauna Scott presented the final Race to the Top Update. They summarized the work that was completed in literacy and common core implementation; the new teacher, principal and superintendent evaluation system; technology and personalization; college and career readiness; grant implementation and evaluation; and leadership over the grant period. They shared that the District will use LCAP dollars to sustain the work that was started with the grant, but that those funds will not be near the same as the grant dollars. It was noted that leadership capacity has been developed over time, that there is expertise in the system, but it will be a challenge to maintain some of the work due to reductions in funding at the State and Federal level.
Ms. Metzinger and Dr. Scott’s presentation can be found here.
The Director of Technology, Chris Hobbs, provided the Board a Technology Services Update. He shared that the District Technology department supports students and staff in numerous ways, from maintaining the networks and infrastructure to consulting with divisions to improve processes. Mr. Hobbs explained that with over 700 wireless access points across the district that support over 10,000 wireless devices on any given day, New Haven’s technology infrastructure is massive.
In addition to supporting the thousands of devices that are on our campuses, Mr. Hobbs explained that his department has several initiatives planned this year, including a complete upgrade of our switching and wireless infrastructure as well as several paperless process improvements such as online re-enrollment and automated leave balance tracking.
Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, Tracie Noriega, Tina Bobadilla Mastel, Joe Angeles and Lisa Metzinger presented on how teachers and administrators are working to integrate into instruction the role, contributions and impact of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups, on the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America.
The team shared a summary of presentations done by Pilipino-American Society for Education (PASE) teachers and administrators at the Filipino American Educators Association Of California Conference, describing lessons and curriculum they developed on integrating the role of Filipino Americans into U.S. History courses.
The Board learned about the collaboration between the Ethnic Studies Department and the U.S. History Department that started this year. Those teams of teachers are working together to integrate the role and contributions of the aforementioned groups into the Rigorous Curriculum Design (RCD) Units. When completed, the RCD units will meet the requirements of the California History-Social Science Framework and current legislation.