Friday, May 1, 2015

School board candidates and advanced learning

There are several people running for school board. It's not clear if any will read this thread, but let's start a discussion assuming at least some of them might. What would you like to say to the school board candidates about APP/HCC and, more broadly, advanced learning?

8 comments :

Greg Linden said...

No one has anything they want to say to school board candidates here about advanced learning? Really? Why not?

Anonymous said...

Maybe nobody trusts anyone to do anything to support it, regardless of what the candidate might say? And really, does having a pro-AL board member make any difference anyway?

Jaded mom

Anonymous said...

I agree Greg I would love hear more about the candidates before the primaries. Anyone, anyone Bueller?

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the second part of "Jaded mom": it seems to me that even having 3 pro-AL board members could NOT make any difference anyway...
- mom

Anonymous said...

I am even more jaded than Jaded Mom because I believe that if anyone gets onto the school board as pro HCC, the vast majority will drink the Stanford Center kool-aid, while being brain-washed, and never speak of it again.

Sue has somehow kept her brain, but others seem to lose it immediately. I don't know what happens. People seem reasonable before joining the school board and then they lose all their appeal.

-jadeder

Anonymous said...

Don't know her personally, but I saw Jill Geary give an excellent talk (maybe 1-2 years ago) about legal issues related to twice exceptional students in AL programs.

Anonymous said...

I think that instead of dissolving the Spectrum program in middle schools and only supporting APP, there should be a joining of the two programs. They would then have enough student body to offer it at all the North End middle schools. Better yet, we could try an opt-in honors program. This could work great but only if there was a concerted effort at middle schools to create an awesome and challenging curriculum that took the best of the experienced teachers curriculum plus some of the new readers and writers workshop stuff. Also, the curriculum would have to be offered to all students across all classrooms. Middle schools need more rigor and more consistency across all classrooms in each grade level.

Anonymous said...

An opt-in honors program should be available at every middle school. They should not be confused with highly capable services. Those should be designed to meet the needs (acceleration, deeper discussion) of highly capable students.