1. Technology training for teachers – nice that we have these new schools with technology but we have not had good training on how to use the software and equipment, it would be great to have some training in technology use.
2. Keyboarding or Typing software for students.
3. District subscription to Online Resources such as Discovery Education Streaming, Brainpop.
4. Online gradebook so parents can see current grades.
There are so many studies that prove that when kids have access to arts education: music, visual arts, performing arts, test scores improve. When children are engaged they are more likely to stay in school and do well. Not every child in engaged by playing sports or doing homework. Access to the arts allows more kids to succeed by encouraging their talents and sustaining involvement. This is not a budget issue, as there are many talented professionals and organizations within our community who would volunteer to bring more arts education into the schools. This is an issue about time and importance. The district needs to make arts education a priority within the curriculum so that we can create stronger schools, better students, and a more successful school district.
I think this will encourage the children to actually eat their lunch verses putting it aside to run out and play. Probably not game changing, but this might allow the children to increase their nutritional intake and ability to focus the second half of the day.
Connection Centers and Prevention/Intervention Specialist: 1. All High Schools would have a Connection Center. These centers would be modeled after HIPP (Highline Interim Placement Center - major kudos to Founder and Lead Teacher Bruce Dearborn and his staff). The centers would specialize in re-engaging students in their education. They would be staffed by a 2 person team of a counselor and a teacher or teacher/advisers. Students would have the opportunity to work on credit retrieval classes, meet with a caring adult that specializes in assessing students strengths and areas of need, participate in individual counseling and small group social skills/study skills lessons, develop authentic goals and a vision for their life, and engage in career development activities. These centers would also house students who were serving a short-term suspension (as well as long-term depending on the situation). This model could eventually be modified and implemented at the middle school level. 2. All Middle Schools would enage in an activity to identify which students have built a strong meaningful connection with at least one staff member on campus. There would be a full-time Prevention/Intervention Specialist hired to monitor this work. This person would work with those students who had not built a strong connection to a staff member and/or their educational success. The Prevention/Intervention Specialist would focus on collaboratively building these connections with the student, engaging them in school, helping them develop goals and a vision for their life, and help them see the connection between their actions/performance in school and their ability to reach these goals.