I challenge the entire Ken-Ton School Board to implement REAL POLICY that actually benefits children in the classroom, NOT just talk about it.
It is very lovely that the BOE will visit schools and classrooms, hold community forums, talk with other districts about curriculum, answer questions about a possible homework policy, BUT none of that is REAL CHANGE that benefits children in the classroom. It is a "show" to try to pacify a community that has lost trust in its school district.
We need REAL CHANGE, not just "talk".
Here is the statement from the BOE President:
Dear friends -
We have some exciting news to share from our BOE meeting last week! First, we have decided that the Board will begin informal visits to the schools to see the great work being done with our students. Although we visit each school as a whole at least once throughout the year, we are looking forward to seeing real learning in a relaxed environment. A letter was sent out to all faculty and staff - we have already begun to receive invitations from teachers welcoming us into their rooms to see the miracles that happen everyday. Thank you!
We are discussing the start of community forums. These would be informal meetings that stakeholders could attend and sit face to face with the BOE/Superintendent to ask questions. This will allow us to hear from our community members about a variety of concerns without the formality of a Board meeting. We feel strongly that we have been elected by this community - real accessibility is very important to us.
In speaking with fellow Board members from neighboring districts, we have learned that many of them have developed their own curriculum. During our November meeting we will hear from admin about how these curricula were developed, who developed them, how long did it take, how do they refine it, how are teachers trained, etc. Although the State requires us to use Common Core, we feel an internally driven program to meet those standards is something Ken-Ton has needed for a long time.
We are also working to publicly answer questions that come to us such as a district wide homework policy and access to Crosby field. This evening the Superintendent is hosting a meet and greet, an excellent chance to connect with our District's department leaders. Hope to see you there!