SLT Minutes October 2017

  • Chair: Liz Simmons

  • Secretary/Time Keeper: Tiffany Koo

  • SLT Stipend Vote

    • Traditionally, money has been sent to the school (as opposed to having a Treasurer log individual hours and distribute funds to each SLT member)

    • Vote results: 9 unanimous YES votes to continue on with tradition

  • Think about properly representing all of our constituencies

    • Currently, there are 3 parents represented, but no middle school (M.S.) representative (perhaps there should be 1 staff member and 1 parent representing the M.S.)

    • Need to check if this is OK according to the By-Laws

      • Can we amend or create new By-Laws?

    • Positions should be designated specifically (e.g. CBO’s)

  • Future meeting dates:

    • OCT. 13

    • NOV. 10

    • DEC. 1

    • JAN. 19

    • FEB. 9

    • MARCH 16

    • APR. 20

    • MAY 18

    • JUNE 1- Hopes & Dreams debrief

    • **JUNE 8?

      • SLT Election Day + Picnic

  • Hopes & Dreams

    • Currently there are 4 working committees

      • CEP stated having 4 meetings, but it was too much. Would like to reduce to 3

        • 2 of those meetings will be about coming together to work towards goals

      • Thinking about a meeting AFTER the Fall Fair

        • 1st Meeting- Nov. 10th? To discuss how we are moving towards goals set back in May

        • Can promote this Hopes & Dreams meeting to parents at the Fall Fair

        • 2nd Meeting- March 16th

      • SLT members should be represented in each group

        • Liz will share documentation for each group

        • We should be thinking about which group to join

  • CEP Goal Discussion (Revised CEP DUE OCT. 2nd)

    • I-plan portal

      • People can comment on goals (by being given access by Naomi)

      • As deadline is next Monday , Naomi doesnt think it is teasible to add people to iPlan to make commenting accessible before the October 2nd deadline but moving forward  we should do it.

      • Liz is suggesting to consider it as a tool to be used for next year

    • Goal 1: Math Lesson Study participation via Math Collective

      • We all agreed that this was a realistic goal, fine as written

      • In addition to this work, we have math leaders (Rajihah and Billy) now because Kate (former Math Coach) retired

      • Shift is back to having CPE2 lead math professional development

      • What about the middle school?

        • They use a different curriculum

        • Matt is a solid math lead

      • Math Collective- doing study groups where any teacher can join

      • What about workshops for parents?

        • Pretty sure CEP states it somewhere

        • Seems to be a need for this in 3 umbrella groups: early childhood, upper elementary grades, middle school

          • Teachers might be ready to lead these

        • Theresa will write action list for Math Workshop

          • We want to find out what workshops parents are interested in

          • Will require outreach

          • Working group can figure out how to execute this idea

        • Big idea we want to share with parents is the GROWTH MINDSET idea (that working on a challenging task is the point, this relates to how we problem solve in the real world–extending far beyond math concepts)

      • Something to consider: emphasis on showing work on math portion of state test

    • Goal 2: Emotionally/Socially Responsive Classroom

      • Use “curriculum” and send staff to various P.D.’s based in: Emotionally Responsive Practice (E.R.P.), Responsive Classroom, Restorative Justice Circles

      • How do we measure the success of this CEP goal from the children’s perspective (excluding the middle school, since they can developmentally give this kind of feedback)

      • Defining the “5%” improvement

        • For example, adding to the CEP something like “this is measured by data collected from the end of the year D.O.E. survey, etc.”

        • The issue from parents’ perspective: Teachers know how this is measured, but parents want to know how, want to be more in the know (“transparency”)

        • Perhaps another workshop around social/emotional work at CPE2?

        • Concern about how to include the middle school–who do the kids go to when they feel unsafe?

      • CEP goals are not clear enough for parents to read through the jargon

        • Use of more workshops and video-ing (essentially, different modes of disseminating information to ALL)

    • Goal 3:

      • Edit: “Pre-K – 7” should say “Pre-K – 8”

      • Edit: Take out “cycles of study” but KEEP inter-visitation

      • Edit: Take out the entire parenthetical at the end of the CEP

    • Goal 4:

      • Edit: 75% to 95%

    • Goal 5:

      • Edit: 4 meetings to 3 meetings per year

  • More staff participation at Fall Fair- Can we get more staff participation at the fair. Parents feel that it sends a good message as it is a community event.

April 21, 2017 SLT Minutes

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March 17, 2017 SLT Meeting

CPE2  SLT meeting #7  3.17.17   We had a long discussion about how we as a group work on the CEP and the process that we use. Essentially, conclusions from our conversations form the basis of the document. For example, the Windows Into Progressive Education, came from our conversation last year. We also need to… Continue Reading

February 10, 2017 SLT Meeting

CPE 2 SLT #6 2.10.17   Attendees  : Lilach, Batia, Alissa, Eva, Bill, Matt, Vida, Theresa, Naomi, and Yhane as UFT rep delegate   Empathy work is progressing well. The grant may be winding down and Jesse is awaiting approval  for her to do additional research.   Put Sustainable group in touch with the Monica… Continue Reading

January 20, 2017 SLT Meeting

SLT Meeting  1.20.17 Coffee/Tea with Naomi had a good turnout. Discussed questions around the arts curriculum offered in the Middle school         Music          Art          PE          Language A lot of what is provided is based on the number of students we have, as our school population increases so can what we offer.   Update the small yard… Continue Reading

December 2, 2016 Hopes & Dreams

SLT Minutes Dec 2, 2016 Hopes & Dreams 2016 – 2017 CPE II Collaborates   This SLT meeting was the 2nd working parent group meeting. We started with this presentation of what was discussed and the plans created in May. The SLT Hopes & Dreams Working groups are: Creating Compassionate Communities Sustainable CPEII Parent Communication… Continue Reading

October 28, 2016 SLT Meeting

SLT Meeting  October 28, 2016   Attendance – Lilach Musman, Batia Serrette, Nell Becker, Theresa Luongo, Naomi Smith, Matt Amore, Vida Nazemian, Bill Gladstone, Eva Schwartz, Elizabeth Simmons, Alissa Peck   Discussion Identifying Class Parents – This is a work in progress. Some teachers have identified class parents while others are still working towards that. Class Parent Job Description –… Continue Reading

September 30, 2016 SLT Meeting

SLT Meeting #1 9.30.16   Background on SLT We discussed the SLT role in the school as a consulted body and gave as an example the Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP). The SLT works to create this document. The “Window To Progressive Education” Event we had last June was a direct result of a conversation that… Continue Reading

May 2016 Hopes & Dreams

SLT Minutes May   2016 Hopes & Dreams As a Title 1 school, every year we are obligated to collect parents feedback on the programs that we offer to our students. So parents and staff get together and discuss our hopes and dreams for the short and long term. The following has come about through these… Continue Reading

April 15, 2016 SLT Meeting

SLT Notes 4/15/16     Professional Development and feedback given to teachers and paras Is it possible to get a description of the Professional Development that the staff receives? Teachers have ongoing Professional Development on Mondays Everything done in school has a Professional Development piece associated with it What are the strands of Professional Development that teachers are engaged in? They can describe the larger ‘buckets’ of strands we do throughout… Continue Reading

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