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BOE Meeting for May 8, 2007

1.) Employee of the Month

Background: Each month the District honors the Employee of the Month. This month we recognized:

Linda Takagaki, Job Developer, Workability, Special Education

Strategic Significance: Goal #12 Communication and Community Engagement

2. Chipman School Assisted Intervention Team (SAIT) Report

Background: The Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program (II/USP) was established in 1999. Schools that scored below the 50th percentile on the achievement tests both in the spring of 1998 and in the spring of 1999 were invited to participate in the Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program. Chipman Middle School agreed to participate in the program.

Schools participating in the II/USP Program needed to make positive growth on the Schoolwide Academic Performance Index (API) in either of the two funded implementation years and each year thereafter until the school exits the program, or the school is deemed state-monitored. In Chipman's case, starting 2001 with an API score of 614, they grew 28 API points until 2004 when they experienced a 2 point drop in API. Education Code sections 52055.5 and 52055.51 require the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the approval of the State Board of Education, to impose various sanctions on state-monitored schools. One option is to require the district to enter into a contract with a SAIT.

The purpose of a SAIT is to investigate and provide intensive support and monitoring to assist state-monitored schools in improving student learning. The SAIT team first visited Chipman Middle School in November, 2005. Chipman completed the first year of the SAIt process with a satisifactory review and increases in the API.

The presenter was unable to attend so this item will presented at a future meeting.

Strategic Significance: Goal #5 At Risk Students

3. Strategic Intervention Model Report

Background: During the last several years, groups of teachers from individual stores participated in a beginning effort in Stategic Instruction Method (SIM) training and coaching. Through our meetings this year with principals, teachers and the Secondary Literacy Leads Team, all of our 6-12 secondary schools made the decision to participate in this focused effort District-wide. SIM is a set of researched validated instructional tools used within the Content Literacy Continuum (CLC). The CLC is a framework to develop systems leading to aligned adolescent literacy instruction in secondary schools for the Center for Research on Learning at the Unviversity of Kansas. The schools will be implementing the components from the CLC: enhanced content instruction, embedded strategy instruction and intensive strategy instruction. Seventy teachers, general and special education, will be attending a 5-day summer insititute and in yearlong coaching support. Providing our secondary schools with the curriculum and instructional strategies to improve their literacy so that our students will become proficient learners, pass the California High School Exit Exam and graduate high school. This model benefits all students, stuggling to advanced learners, who will benefit from using these strategies in all content areas.

Fiscal Implications: Approximately $250,00 for Year 1 Summer Institute, onoging yearlong coaching support for 70 teachers, instructional materials, training materials from state to federal categorical funding. A U.S. Department of Education grant is being submitted to continue and sustain this focused effort for Year 2 and beyond.

Strategic Significance: Goal #1 Curricular Coherence and Effective Practices, Goal #2 Staff Development, Goal #4 Assessment, Goal #5 At Risk Students, Goal #6 High School Graduation and Goal #7 Limited English Proficient Stduents

4. Approval of Arts Education Resolution No 07-4097

As a precursor to the Five Year Arts Education Plan, the Visual and Perfroming Arts (VAPA) Committee developed a resolution. Each May, the VAPA Committee will present a progress report on the Five Year Arts Education Plan.

The Board approved the resolution.

Fiscal Implications: None

Strategic Significance: Goal #1 Curricular Coherence and Effective Practices

5. Visual and Perfoming Arts (VAPA) 5 Year Arts Education Plan

As required by the State Department of Education, and in collaboration with the Alameda County Office of Education, AUSD developed the District 5-Year Arts Education Plan.

The Board approved the plan.

Contributing Members and Participants

Christina Barnes Anselmo Reis Alison Hart-Booth
Kelly Benjamson Joe Simiele Ron Johnson
Kirsten Bramstedt Darren Smith Robyn Kondo
Tyra Cable Jillian Saxty Andrea Hoy
Fred Chacon Carol Solinger Susan McAllister
Lelia Diltz Dan Dooha-Chambers Andrew Mc Kee
Martha Montufar Lynn Tousey Kathy Duncan
Ron Mooney Mark Wagner Michael Easterday
Rob Moorhead Marcheta Williams Rick Ehrgott
Bonnie Nelson-Duffey Debbie Wong Amanda Gandara-Rider
Kim Orzell Judy Goodwin Sandy Paz
Armen Phelps Warren Haber Dian Hale
Jesse Randall Andrea Hoy Charles Milgrim
Rachel Stern Andrea Szeto Jeff Raz

Fiscal Implications: Ongoing Art and Music Block Grant of $157,000

Strategic Significance: Goal #1 Curricular Coherence and Effective Practices

6. Approval of Board Policy 1330 Use of School Facilities

The Board approved certain measures when they approved $1,400,000 in spending reductions in February, 2007. One of those measures was to increase revenue from leases and facility rental by $40,000. The revied policy directs district staff to charge all users except "school-related organizations whose activities are directly related to or for the benefit of district schools.

While the rates charged for facility used are not changing, the classification of groups who will be charged is being recommended. As a result, a number of non-profit organizations including youth sponsored athletic groups and community organizations will now be subject to paying for facility usage. Letters to affected groups were sent on in late April and early May.

Fiscal Implications: Increased revenues, amount undetermined

Strategic Significance: Goals #1-12

6. Approval of Technology Education Plan

Director of Technology Services Jess Stephens acknowledged that "The times they are a-changing" and we need a roadmap for the future. The Educational Technology Plan for 2007-2010 is start of the roadmap.

The Board approved the plan.

Fiscal Implications: Implementation costs will be prioritized

Strategic Significance: Goal #1 Curricular Coherence and Effective Practices



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