by Lynda Rubin
The Student Achievement and Support Committee was called to order by Co-chair Angela McIver. Also present were Co-chair Chris McGinley and Committee members Julia Danzy, Leticia Egea-Hinton, Mallory Fix-Lopez, and Maria McColgan. Non-voting Student Board Representatives Julia Frank and Alfredo Praticò sat in. Members of the public who had not signed up to speak were invited to do so at the beginning of the meeting. The Committee voted to adopt Minutes for the last two meetings, September 13, 2018 and October 11, 2018. (Approved minutes are posted on the District website.) Dr. McIver announced that the next meeting of this Committee will be held December 6, 2018 at 5 PM, one week earlier than previously posted.
Focus Topic: Proposed District-wide Comprehensive Plan
Chief Schools Officer Shawn Bird presented the District’s Comprehensive Plan, a 3-year plan that will be in effect from 2019 until 2022. The Plan is posted for public review and feedback. You can access the Plan and the feedback forms here: https://www.philasd.org/teachingandlearning/2018/11/06/districts-comprehensive-plan/
Dr. McGinley asked whether district staff was notified of the Plan. Dr. Bird responded that the district sent letters to all district staff for their review and response; they have 16 responses so far. Dr. Bird said that the letters went out late so additional time will be given for staff to respond. McIver asked where the feedback is housed. Bird replied that it is housed on a Google document that is not visible to the public. He said he would send a link to the document to the Board members.
Three district teachers narrated a power-point on “The Curriculum Engine and the Instructional Core” and discussed how to use it to plan instruction. Teachers can access standards, resources and curriculum maps using the Curriculum Engine.