It is very easy to see the statistics and be disheartened. Sitting in any education policy class, you probably hear them within the first lecture. Our students are failing. Not only are they failing by school standards, but they are failing against international standards as well. What some find even more upsetting is that our students in low-income families are disproportionately failing, which consequently disproportionately affects students that are African-American and Hispanic, ever widening an achievement gap that has come to define many of the societal problems that our country faces. It is very easy to see the statistics as failure.
“Our educators are working urgently to change outcomes for students, and our students are responding to the more challenging work that we’re putting in front of them. We are on the right track and now we just need to accelerate our progress.”
-An excerpt of Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s remarks on the 2014 DC CAS score results released earlier today
Hometown: Buena Park, California School: Claremont McKenna College
Major: Government UELIP Committee Project: Grace organizes school visits and volunteering opportunities. DCPS Office: Office of the Chief of Schools, Academic Scheduling and Support Team Project: Grace is working under the supervision of Kia Jones, the director of the Academic Scheduling and Support Team. Grace is analyzing data to evaluate the effectiveness of Summer Bridge and the summer credit recovery program for DCPS by examining factors such as attendance and credit capture of students who completed the program. Continue reading “Meet Grace Lee”→
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland School: Georgetown University Major: Linguistics UELIP Committee Project: Noora helps find news articles for the UELIP Newsletter DCPS Office: Office of Teaching and Learning, Elementary Literacy Team, Academic Language Project: Noora’s main project is assisting Cara Hoppe in creating a Vocabulary Plan for Kindergarten through 8th Grade. The Vocabulary Plan is essentially a map of how teachers can incorporate 10-15 chosen academic terms per grade level into their existing teaching of the DCPS curriculum. Continue reading “Meet Noora Mahmassani”→
Hometown: Rockville, Maryland School: Miami University in Ohio Major: Early Childhood Education UELIP Committee Project: Danielle helps with a few projects. She assist with the newsletter and has done a few things with the UELIP blog. She is also planning a day for UELIPs to get professional head shots. DCPS Office: Office of Specialized Instruction, Early Stages Project: Early Stages is a center for evaluating children ages 3-5 with disabilities and deciding on the appropriate services to provide. Danielle’s projects revolve around engaging families in the process. Continue reading “Meet Danielle Linowes”→
Hometown: Ningbo, China School: Vanderbilt University Majors: Economics and Sociology Minors: French and Studio Art DCPS Office: Office of Human Capital, Data Analytics Team Project: Vivian is working with Michael Gaskins on the annual labor report as well as the monthly memos on principal turnover and vacancy fill rate. She specifically works on data analysis, visualization, and layout design. Future Career Goals: Vivian has not figured out what she really wants to do with her life. She has considered being an educational policy researcher, a gallery manager, a world language teacher, a homeless artist, or a data artist. Continue reading “Meet Vivian Liang”→