Wednesday, I attended a meeting with the district RTTT group as they presented the districts final plan to the Sec. of Ed, and her staff. The group was made up of both representatives of the districts education association and administrators, and I represented the board of education. We were invited to sit down with DOE to review the final tweaked version of the plan put together by this group and their support staff. The plan which will be submitted June 1 is more then just a new reform plan as it actually builds on work the districts teachers and staff have been using successfully, including Baldridge and other data driven decision making techniques.
The DDOE folks offered the following strengths to the Milford plan;
The plan is focused, integrated and clear.
There is a clear plan for sustainability after RTTT
Finally, the plan sets ambitious targets for increased student achievement.
Suggestions from DDOE to tweak the plan were;
Anchoring Professional Development in Professional Learning Communities, and PD both ongoing and job-embedded.
Allocate more funds towards the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness areas.
Lastly, continue to look at measuring and ensuring the success of these initiatives.
The plan, which had a large number of exceptional ratings, will now need to be shared with stakeholders in the Milford School District. Those stakeholders include both the district staff, and the Milford Community at-large whose students and parents need to know the direction the district is moving to improve the future of the students.
Informing stakeholders about district directions leads me to my segway into the up coming May 10th elections for board members. The attached link to the Milford Review gives a look into at least two the candidates, Debbie O’Neal and Renate Wiley. If you will go to the Milford Beacon website you can read more about these two, but also about the other candidates running for the at-large seat currently held by Patrick Emory. I am also aware that the district Milford Education Association has also interviewed the candidates and has sent out its own recommendations to its membership, and others in the community. I would like to add my voice to those who say make sure you come out and vote on May 10th for the next Milford Board of Education members, and lend your support to the candidate who can do the best job for the STUDENTS of the community. Read all you can about each candidate who is running, and make the best informed choice for yourself!