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Grade Configuration Steering Committee Minutes

Sept. 26, 2016: What does an exemplary middle school look like?

  • Introduction of committee members

  • Discussion of norms

    • Arrive on time, stay until the end

    • Keep phone use to a minimum, unless using to take notes. Keep on silent, take calls outside the room

    • Participate fully

    • Be patient and listen respectfully

    • Limit sidebar conversations

    • Stay on topic

    • Use of "parking lot" to revisit important issues not directly related to current discussion

  • Review of Phase 1 of grade configuration by Dr. Wilkins, available in PowerPoint

    • What is the Grade Configuration Steering Committee

    • Why change grade configuration?

    • What Phase 1 committee studied

    • Phase 1 committee recommendations

    • Data driving Phase 1 conclusions

    • Sites the committee considered

    • The choice: 50 North Lark Street

    • Phase 2: Moving forward

  • Discussion of Phase 2 committee schedule and the work it will entail

    • September through January meetings will involve informational presentations followed by discussions to ensure all committee members are equally informed

    • February through May meetings will involve committee members formulating decisions based on the information discussed during the first half of the year

    • This is an opportunity not just to create an interim middle school, but to address the future of middle schools within the district

  • Presentation by Dr. Butterworth, "What Does a Good Middle School Look Like?"

    • Discussion of what makes a high quality middles school and the vital role they play in a child's academic, social and emotional development

    • Discussion of seven components, available in PowerPoint

      • Philosophy and mission

      • Educational programs

      • Organization and structure

      • Classroom instruction

      • Educational leadership

      • Academic and personal supports

      • Professional learning

  • Time allotted for observer comments, but none were present

  • Final thoughts, invitation to contact co-chairs with concerns, and introduction to next month's topic



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