Educational Services meeting

The Educational Services Committee meeting. I am not a member of this committee, but all commissioners are invited to go to any and all standing committee meetings. Even the Executive committee meetings are open, though I have yet to go to one.

This committee is the big surprise for me. When I was first reading about and looking into the various committees, this may have been the one I thought was furthest from my immediate interest.

And it’s turning out to be one of the most satisfying. Some real work is done here on what should be our primary goal – education, pure and simple.

It’s funny how the question of ‘behavioral expectations’ is touching on so many committees – but here, of course, it is front and center. Even though I am perhaps ‘old school’ in my thinking of how respect should be a basic and foundational requirement before anything can move forward, I am also keenly aware of the fact that we need to do it right – or we may end up three steps back from where we are starting.

We had some stats on in-school suspensions vs. overall suspensions, brought back from a question in last month’s meeting – interesting to look at, perhaps because it is one of the only ‘pure measures’ we can evaluate. The trick is going to be to develop a measure that qualifies an almost etheral ‘overall feeling’ in a school.

I have no idea how this can be done. But – just knowing how many kids are being tossed for bad behavior and even having deeper information on suspensions is not going to drive us to a real evaluation of a school’s cultural change in building greater respect.

It’s a feeling and an understanding; a spirit, perhaps.

How do you measure *that*?!?

I had only 1/2 an hour to 45 minutes that I should have stayed at this meeting. I ended up leaving at 9:45 – it’s a great committee with a fantastic Director.




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