Monday, October 31, 2016 - 12:45pm

At the Teacher Advisory’s October meeting we covered a lot of information in a short time! There were about 60 teachers in attendance, representing many different schools and grade levels. We began with a review of the purpose of the Advisory. Please, be sure to check in with your school’s representative(s) for more information and to share your ideas.

We begin each meeting with a check-in. Representatives share “pluses and deltas” - our feedback on how things are going in our schools. Some “delta” themes are staff feeling the effects of an ever increasing workload and not enough support (interventionists, Special Ed support, class size increase, students with high needs, new report card); too much testing (not enough time to teach); and Oasys. Some of the pluses were: community building among all staff at schools; strong teacher teams; the school calendar; mindfulness (especially Breathe for Change) and outdoor education.

We also looked at climate survey data and came up with a list of potential topics for discussion. We were given a summary of results from the parent and staff surveys and we looked in depth at student results. Climate surveys can be viewed on the district website. You can look at results for the district overall and for each school. Potential meeting topics include: ELL plan and DLI, BEP,  Bullying, explicit systems and informal structures that sustain institutional inequity , Balancing PD vs collaborative time - and teacher driven vs. admin driven agenda, sense of belonging (student specific), The Handbook, supporting and staff and students, and communicating with families.

Questions? Leah Dabel, lfrydenlund@madison.k12.wi.us

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