Friday, November 16, 2012

What do you want to know about Berkeley Public Schools?


Starting this blog has been incredibly exhilarating. I’m asking questions, meeting brilliant people and the more I learn, the more I realize I have left to learn. Today, I’m going to share with you my current thoughts on future posts and I’d love to hear from YOU what else you’d like to know!

1.    Achievement gap revealed
a.     I’ve had so many conversations recently with people who aren’t aware of the extent of the achievement gap in Berkeley. As a result, I’m digging deeply into the CA Dept of Ed’s accountability and testing system to parse it out and make it clearer and more accessible to many interested (and busy) people.
d.     Given that there’s so much more than just standardized tests that create a quality, meaningful, life-changing education for our students, I want to get a holistic view of the education our students are receiving in Berkeley Public Schools. 

2.    2020 Vision for closing the achievement gap in BUSD
a.     BUSD, the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley and Berkeley Alliance are working together to close the achievement gap in BUSD by 2020.
b.     We'll look at the indicators of success we’re aiming to achieve (such as kindergarten readiness and reading proficiency by the 3rd grade), why each of these indicators were selected, how are they measured and what's currently happening in the schools to achieve these indicators?
3.    Bright Spots: What programs and people are having a positive impact in our schools? As I mentioned in this post, I want to:
a.     Figure out what’s working and why
b.     Replicate it
c.      Scale it up
d.     Make is sustainable
4.     Voices from Berkeley: I will incorporate the voices of students, parents, school board members, administrators, community members, staff of the city of Berkeley, Cal, Berkeley Alliance, BPEF- basically, if you’re in any way connected to and interested in Berkeley public schools, I want to hear from you! 3 main questions I have: 
a.     Please share a brief story that tells us something important about who you are.
b.     What are 1-2 bright spots in Berkeley public schools that should be replicated?
c.      In your opinion, what needs to be done to close the achievement gap in Berkeley public schools?

I want to hear from you! Please submit questions, feedback and topics for future posts in the comments below or email jenny@berkeleyschoolsreport.com.

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