LSAT Meeting Minutes-January 2018

Payne Elementary School LSAT
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Members in attendance: Adrienne Daniels, Aisha Hemphill-Merritt, Dalila Kaddour, Danielle Glover, Juanita Stokes, Tiffani Turner, Janice Brown Parker, Jason Ward, Stephanie Byrd
Absent: Christopher Bergfalk (excused), Deidra Duffy (excused), Mandla Deskins (excused)
1. Budget Webinar We were unable to view the webinar. As soon as it is available Brown Parker will forward to team members for their review.
The anticipation of the upcoming budget season created significant discussion regarding the 2017-2018 budget – reviewing expectations and realities as of this date. Questions to review resources selected included Writer’s Workshop, Responsive Classroom, and Playworks. Mrs. Hemphill-Merritt requested a copy of the 2017-2018 school budget.

What’s working? – Reader’s Workshop – professional development activity is planned for this coming summer 2018 for teachers. The workshop model is an incredibly efficient method of teaching reading and writing. Within the workshop structure, teachers are able to address both the whole group’s needs as well as differentiating for the needs of small groups and individuals.

Responsive Classroom – extensive full day workshop was conducted in October 2017 to all staff members. The Responsive Classroom approach is a way of teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. Developed by classroom teachers, the approach consists of practical strategies for helping students build academic and social-emotional competencies day in and day out. What’s not working?
Playworks – We have the fullest option available. We have a full-time coach that serves as a facilitator. Teachers are supposed to serve as assistants and some students may serve as junior coaches. There was discussion that the program did not meet the expectations of several team members.
What should be our focus? – Math, Science, Writing, and Reading resource
Available Resources we should look at? – Spring Board – Enrichment programs available both during the summer and afterschool. Then there is the Spring Board collaborative which focuses on academic for grades K-2nd. Mrs. Hemphill-Merritt shared her satisfaction with the program, its staff and operation during summer 2017 as her son was a participant. Mrs. Merrit further reported that the program was highly structured and that many parents appreciated the hands on workshops/instructions that were provided to parent to facilitate parent-student instructional engagement at home. Ms. Turner clarified the difference between the afterschool enrichment program and the summer academic program.

– Live It – Learn It! – It’s a science focused program. It provides monthly field trips, camping, and overnight camps. Principal Byrd encouraged the team to investigate it as a possible resource to benefit students at Payne ES. Principal Byrd provided brochures and handouts from the organization.

2. 2018-2019 LSATs Budget Season Updates Calendar of Events: The following calendar of events was shared with team members Webinar Topic Date/Time Link to Access Comprehensive School Plans January 31, 2018 at 5:30pm Click here DCPS Budget – Part 2 February 21, 2018 at 5:30pm Click here Family Engagement March 14, 2018 at 5:30pm Click here
Action Items:
1. Team Members will investigate and research Spring Board and Live It/Learn It, then report their findings to the team next month.
2. Janice Brown Parker secure webinar to ensure we can review at our next meeting.
3. Janice Brown Parker secure copies of this year’s budget to provide to the team at our next meeting.
Next Month’s meeting: Next meeting date is 02/15/18 at 5:30 PM
Meeting adjourned at 7:06 PM