Hours and minutes and seconds, oh my!

Opening a new building and re-zoning the district provided me an opportunity to take a closer look at several issues across the district, including start and end times for each school level, work hours for staff, and the difference in the amount of time individual teachers spend providing instruction versus time allocated to planning.  Each school level has different State requirements for the length of the school day and I believe that CSD can create fair expectations for students in regards to instructional time and for staff in regards to planning time. Continue reading

Courageous Conversation Protocol in Action (or not…)

If you are not familiar with the Courageous Conversation work we are doing in the District, you may want to read more about it at https://courageousconversation.com before continuing with this post. I will reference things from this framework that may not make sense without some background knowledge.

Yesterday afternoon the District received a letter from the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights regarding concerns they had about some events at the middle school. Representatives of the group shared their letter with us very soon after the events occurred, really as quickly as one could reasonably anticipate, and the timing happened to be on a Board meeting night. They attended the Board meeting and shared their letter verbally during public comment. Continue reading

Transformational Change

The Board and administrative team have had opportunities recently to work with an expert on how organizations tackle transformational change. We have all found it quite helpful, especially because it put words to some of the things we were experiencing as we undertake a major transformational change–elimination of race-based gaps in discipline, participation, and achievement. While the information we’ve learned is quite extensive, this post is going to focus on some of the big pieces. Continue reading