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October 12, 2010 > New Haven School Board report

New Haven School Board report

Submitted By Rick La Plante

On October 5, the Board of Education received a presentation from the Division of Teaching & Learning on implementation of the Strategic Plan for 2010-11. The Action Plans call for:

Providing Instructional Leadership Teams with support, through Targeted Leadership consultants who are supported by the Ball Foundation and with the help of multi-cultural education expert Enid Lee;

Continuing to support sites in Balanced Literacy and Writers Workshop;

Continuing to support Secondary Literacy at James Logan and Conley-Caraballo high schools;

Developing site-based intervention plans;

Implementing the revised Student Study Team process;

Reviewing and revising the English Learners Master Plan, grading policies and practices, and the GATE identification process;

Developing outreach and support programs focusing on post-secondary options;

Increasing parent education opportunities and outreach.

Common anticipated outcomes include a 10 percent increase in students proficient in English-language arts and math, a 20 percent decrease between the lowest-performing and highest-performing sub-groups and a 50 percent decrease in retentions.

Also, the Board:

Adopted a resolution urging the defeat of Proposition 19, which would legalize possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for personal consumption and other marijuana-related activities.

Adopted a resolution urging the passage of Proposition 25, which would allow state legislators to pass a budget by a simple majority instead of the two-thirds majority that routinely delays the budget.

Recognized the Union Landing Wal-Mart and the staff and community volunteers who helped with the "Stuff the Bus" campaign to collect school supplies. The July 30-August 1 drive collected more than 2,000 spiral notebooks, more than 700 boxes of crayons, more than 500 boxes of pencils and hundreds of dollars' worth of other supplies that were sent in September to each of the District's schools.

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