Summary Report & Media Highlights
Jan. 8, 2018
Board of Trustees Regular Agenda:
Board Workshop Agenda
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Bond Oversight Committee Membership

Trustees unanimously approved membership of the Bond Oversight Committee for the 2017 bond program. The 18-member committee will be co-chaired by Lewis Gissel and Kathy Goss, will meet quarterly and will provide annual reports to the Board of Trustees. The committee’s charge was approved by trustees at the Nov. 27, 2017, regular meeting.

Bond Oversight Committee Roster
Bond Oversight Committee Charge

Research and Design: Innovation Report

Trustees heard an update on academic innovations in SBISD from Dr. Elliott Witney, assistant superintendent of research and design, and Ariana Sherman, director of innovation. Witney described the principles of innovation strategy and said that the ultimate result of innovation is to create great learning experiences for Every Child. Sherman described the various supports in place for campus innovators. She said that she hopes to publish “impact briefs” at the end of the school year from every campus where innovation is happening. Trustees were concerned with how innovations are communicated both inside the district and to the community, and whether some schools had too much innovation going on. Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri added that much of the system’s innovation work is at the Resilient Foundation level and is “critically important.”

Trustees also heard an update on Raising Blended Learners (RBL), a pilot program at Nottingham Elementary and Northbrook Middle School, from Cat Alexander, whose company is managing the project for the non-profit Raise Your Hand Texas. Blended learning is a hybrid of face-to-face and online instruction and shows incredible promise, Alexander said. Because there’s “no discreet model” for blended learning, she said, the work is able to take place in the classroom. She said that 100 percent of teachers in RBL demonstration site classrooms across Texas reported “such profound mindset shifts and outcomes” that they said they would “never go back” to previous teaching models.

Innovation Presentation (includes Raising Blended Learners)

Course Weight Task Force

Trustees revisited the report from the Course Weight Task Force, delivered at the December regular meeting. Executive Director for Student Support Services Lance Stallworth said the committee had two recommendations: Pre-AP courses that have an AP option will be weighted an additional half-point; if students drop from those AP courses into the Pre-AP option, the standard “grade bump” does not apply. The committee also recommended expanding weighted options for students, potentially including advanced CTE classes. Trustees had a robust discussion, with Dr. Muri concluding the conversation by saying he would reconvene the committee to consider the board discussion and look deeper at course weighting in SBISD.

Course Weight Task Force Presentation
Course Weight Task Force Charge and Methodology
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