City seeks Engagement Committee members

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 9/4/18

Cleveland City Schools is asking local adults to consider joining one of the several new Community Engagement Committees it is forming this school year. The school district is launching …

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City seeks Engagement Committee members

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Cleveland City Schools is asking local adults to consider joining one of the several new Community Engagement Committees it is forming this school year. 

The school district is launching committees to discuss six subject areas with parents and community members: Curriculum Engagement, Special Populations (gifted and special education), ESL (English as a second language), BLADE (Blended Learning and Digital Enhancement), Student Life, and Student Information and Testing. 

“In the past, Cleveland City Schools has done a pretty good job engaging our families,” said Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer. “I’m hopeful this will lead to even more parent engagement and allow more to have a seat at the table.” 

The committees will be led by Cleveland City Schools administrators, and each will discuss a set agenda of issues related to their chosen subject area. Committee members will also have the opportunity to add topics to the agenda. 

Each committee will meet twice during the 2018-19 school year — once this fall and once in the spring. Dyer stressed the district “is not asking for a huge time commitment,” yet the feedback it will receive from the committees will be quite valuable. 

Dr. Jeff Elliott, chief academic officer/assistant director of schools, said the six committee topics were chosen because they concern things which affect students teach day, whether it be the curriculum they use or how they use technology through the BLADE Project. 

“We’re really looking for a diverse group of parents to come into these committees, to give us diverse feedback on how things are going,” said Dyer. 

City schools leaders said applicants for the committees should be those with personal connections to current students within the district, such as parents, grandparents or other legal guardians. 

No specific educational experience is required, and Dyer said the district is looking for committee members "from all walks of life." 

Dyer said these committees will hopefully allow the district's leaders to better reflect on how things have been going, and be more informed as they make goals for the future. 

He explained he attended a school superintendents’ conference and learned how other districts had successfully started committees of this kind. Dyer and Elliott said they are both "really excited" to see what will come from the ones being started here. 

“I think this is a great reflection of who Cleveland City Schools is,” Elliott said. “We want our families to be involved, and we want to hear what they have to say.” 

Anyone interested in serving on a committee should complete an online application available at www.clevelandschools.org before Friday, Sept. 7. Applications are also available at each city school.

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