Volunteer Opportunities for WPS Committees – Deadline 9/25, 9pm

During the 2017-2018 school year, there will be a number of opportunities for faculty, parents, administrators, students, and community members to participate in committee work to enhance the experience of our students in Weston Public Schools.

At this time, we are looking to select volunteers for two committees:   Strategic Visioning and Planning (“Planning Team”) and Homework Working Group.

We seek to create balanced committees. Committee selections will be made and announced by September 27, 2017. To this end, if you are interested in being selected for either committee, please fill out the information in a form ( http://gg.gg/5zzy5). You will be asked to share which committee you are interested in and why you would like to be considered. The form will be open until 9:00 pm on Monday, September 25, 2017. 

Thank you for considering these opportunities.

Strategic Visioning and Planning – Planning Team
One of the most important processes in a school district results in the creation of a strategic plan that guides the work of continuous improvement. This three-to-five year plan is not a static document; it is, rather, a living guide reflecting the needs of students. Two teams will work in tandem and in parallel throughout our process facilitated by consultant Lori Likis who was instrumental in developing the Planning for Success model for the Massachusetts Department  of Elementary and Secondary Education. The district leadership  team’s visioning is enhanced by the analysis and diverse voices of those on  the planning team.

There will be four meetings throughout the fall/winter:   October 5; November 1; December 6; and February 6.  All meetings will be held at the Case House from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.

The Planning Team will have the following members:

Chair:  Superintendent

Director of Student Services
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations
Assistant Superintendent of District Advancement
Principals (2) (one from each level)
WEA leadership representative (1)
School-based professionals (10)
Students (3) (one alum, preferred)
Parents – pre-K- elementary (2)
Parents – secondary (3)
Community Member (2)
School Committee member (1)

Homework Working Group
Homework, what it is, what it could be, and what it should be, has been a topic of discussion between faculty, parents/guardians, and students in our district and in districts across the country. These discussions have centered on questions of time, relevance, and stress. While there is no one way to answer the homework question, much has been written on how to help our students manage time, commitments, and stress. Challenge Success, a think tank at Stanford University, has suggested that the homework question should not be about “quantity and achievement” but about “quality and engagement” ( http://www.challengesuccess.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/ChallengeSuccess-Homework-WhitePaper.pdf). As the current school committee policy (IKB) was last considered in 2011, it is time to reconsider the purpose, place, and consistency of homework in Weston Public Schools (PK-12).

Our working group will look at the current policy and practices as well as collect current data from faculty, students, and families with the goal of proposing an updated policy for school committee consideration that outlines the most effective and beneficial experiences for our students. Each group member will be responsible for conducting/collecting research, reading about homework and policies in other districts, and reporting back to the larger group. We will meet throughout the fall and early winter. The first meeting of this group will be organizational and held on  Friday, September 29 from 3pm – 4 pm. At this meeting, we will work to find dates and times that work for all.

The Working Group will have the following members:

Chair: Asst. Superintendent of District Advancement

School-based professionals (5) (three secondary; two elementary)
Administrators (5)(Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning Director of Student Services, Principals/Assistant Principals)
Students (2) (high school)
Parents (5) (three secondary, two elementary)
School Committee member (1)