An external review of Weston’s K-12 Mathematics program is scheduled for the fall of 2019. Jim McLaughlin, Gr. 6-12 Math Department Head, and Tracy Manousaridis, Elementary Math Specialist, are currently working with a team of math teachers to formulate a self-study to present to School Committee in the spring of 2019.
The following program reviews have taken place in recent years:
ELA/Drama (June 2016)
The PreK-12 ELA/Drama Department developed its self study report during the 2015-2016 school year and presented it to the School Committee on June 6, 2016. Dr. Mary Ann Cappiello, Associate Professor of the Language and Literacy Division, and Coordinator of the Collaborative Internship Partnership of Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education, chaired an external review of Weston’s PreK-12 ELA/DRAMA program from November 8-10, 2016. She presented her findings to the School Committee at its March 20, 2017 meeting. On May 22, 2017, Pamela Bator, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning, Kate Lemons, Gr. 6-12 English Department Head and Kath Odell, Elementary Reading & Writing Specialist, presented the department’s response to the external review’s findings to School Committee.
Special Education (Nov 2015)
EDCO Collaborative was contracted by Weston Public Schools to conduct a Special Education Program Evaluation. Dr. Marguerite Connolly, Director of Student Services, and Dr. John Brackett, Interim Superintendent, requested this evaluation aimed at determining the effectiveness of special education programs and services in supporting positive outcomes for students receiving special education services, and to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement in department organization, programming, and delivery of services.
Click here for the Special Education Program Review Report
K-12 World Language (Oct 2014)
The K-12 World Languages Department presented its self-study at the June 2, 2014 School Committee and underwent an external review from October 7- 9, 2014. A visiting committee from outside of the district spent those three days reviewing materials, observing classes, and meeting with students, faculty, administrators and parents. Their purpose was to collect data and summarize their findings in response to a charge that was approved by the School Committee. Dr. Arlene Guerrero-Watanabe, Chair and Associate Professor of the Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures Department at Assumption College, chaired the committee. She presented the committee findings to the School Committee on January 7, 2015 and Cort Mathers, K-12 World Language Director presented his departmental response to that report to School Committee on March 2, 2015.
K-12 Visual Arts (Oct 2013)
The K-12 Art Department presented its self-study to the School Committee on June 3, 2013 in anticipation of an External Program Review scheduled for October 16-18, 2013. The team of six educators, representing area public and private schools, was chaired by Barbara Milot, Professor of Art at Framingham State University. She presented the committee’s findings to the School Committee on February 10, 2014. On March 3, 2014, the response to those findings from the K-12 Visual Arts Department was presented to the School Committee by Chris Fehl, K-12 Visual Arts Director.
K-12 Science (Oct 2012)
The K-12 Science Department completed the major components of the self-study process and presented its self-study to the School Committee on June 4, 2012. An External Program Review was conducted October 10-12, 2012 and the Review Committee was chaired by Chris Rogers, Ph.D. Dr. Rogers is currently the Director of the Center for Engineering Education & Outreach program at Tufts University. In addition to Dr. Rogers, seven other members from across the elementary, middle, and high school levels, representing both public and private school sectors, and a Weston student alumnus, served on the Committee. Dr. Rogers presented the external committee’s findings at the January 8, 2013 School Committee meeting, and on March 4, 2013, Amber Bock, Larry Murphy and Pam Bator presented the Science Department’s response to that report to the School Committee.
K-12 Health & Wellness (Oct 2011)
The K-12 Wellness Education Program review took place October 27-28, 2011. Dr. Patricia L. McDiarmid, Ed.D, Associate Professor of Health Education at Springfield College, chaired the review committee. The Committee was comprised of Health & Physical Education faculty at the college, secondary, and elementary levels; Health & Physical Education district administrators and curriculum developers; high school administrators; college-level teachers of physical education, and a Weston High School alumnus currently completing a graduate degree in Physical Education. Dr. McDiarmid presented the committee’s findings to the School Committee on March 26, 2012 and the Wellness Education Department’s response to that report was presented to the School Committee by Mitch Finnegan on October 15, 2012.
K-12 Social Studies (March 2009)
The K-12 Social Studies Program Review took place March 19 & 20, 2009. Dr. Steven Cohen, a full time lecturer in the Education Department at Tufts University and adjunct faculty member of Tufts’ Tisch College of Citzenship and Public Service chaired this committee. Other members of the committee included professionals from area public schools, a researcher and global education advocate, and a former Weston High School graduate. A parent forum was held March 19, from 2:30-3:30 in the High School Media Center and provided parents an opportunity to meet with Dr. Cohen. The committee presented their findings to the School Committee on June 1, 2009. Jim Murphy, History/Social Studies 6-12 Department Head and Pam Bator, Elementary Science/Social Studies Specialist, presented their response to the report to the School Committee on November 2, 2009.
K-12 METCO (Dec 2008)
The K-12 METCO Program Review took place December 15-16, 2008. Dr. Emmett Price, III, Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the African American Studies Department at Northeastern University chaired this committee. Other members of the committee included professionals from different grade levels from area public schools. The committee presented their findings to the School Committee on February 9, 2009 and the METCO response to that report was presented to School Committee on April 6, 2009.
K-12 Music (March 2008)
The K-12 Music Program Review took place March 18-19, 2008. Dr. William McManus, Chair of the Music Education Department at Boston University chaired the Committee. Other members included professionals from area public and private schools and a Weston High School Alumnus who was a current college student majoring in music. The committee presented their findings to the School Committee in May 2008 and the Music Department’s response to that report was presented to the School Committee on November 14, 2008.
K-12 Math (2007)
The K-12 Math Program Review took place on March 8 & 9, 2007. The Chair, Dr. Donna Beers, Mathematics Professor from Simmons College, presented the Committee’s findings to the School Committee in the Spring of 2007. The Departmental response to those findings were presented the following fall to School Committee.