Education Committee of the SW Common Council
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
at 6:00 -7:00 pm
Here are the meeting notes as a .pdf file: SWCC Education Committee Minutes 2020-11-25.pdf
Video of this meeting is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/y0i6lMsBdDo
John Boutet SWCC Education Committee Chair, 328-4271, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Coffey N. Winton Village Co-Chair; Many Neighbors Building Neighborhoods; Public Safety
Eleanor Coleman Rotary SW, CFC YouthBuild, 224-5119, email@example.com
Moniek Silas-Lee School #19 Principal, 328-7454, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rochester Coalition for Public Education (RCPE)
Having a meeting 11/27 to prepare for meeting with RCSD Superintendent in early December.
Talking with Bronson about funding and support related to new recommendations being made that doesn’t seem to take into consideration the concentration of poverty in the City; how are we making sure support services get into the schools?
Principals need to be part of the vision for schools. Leadership at City level should make sure schools know it’s important to work with the community and support that happening.
There was a time in the past, when teachers got the significant pay raise,that we were seen as an example of investing in children all over the country; however, did we get the necessary accountability that should have gone with the salary?
Getting great input and direction from Peter McWalters via Zoom.
High stakes testing leads to “teaching to the test.”
Waiting to see how Biden transition impacts overall Education.
Mixed messages regarding the impact of Bill Gates and others are having on education from a business point of view.
All schools should be good; shouldn’t have a few schools to which students can go to receive a high quality of education.
There are about 50 RCPE coalition members (persons who receive emails & notices); Dan Drmasich, past principal of School Without Walls is the coalition Coordinator.
Coalition member Howard Maffucci is a County Legislator working on how to expand internet connection within the City.
RCSD Covid cuts resulted in loss of staff needed to have schools function effectively (some support, some teaching staff, etc.).
Barrier to having volunteer adults to assist with Zoom tutoring due to confidentiality and required background checks to avoid child predetors.
120 students in 7th & 8th grade (2 sections at each level); Pre-K - 8th grade; 361 students altogether
Students could benefit from having tutors, but Covid restrictions have presented a barrier. Ricky Frazier at Central Office is the contact person for this effort.
Superintendent has been supporting school efforts.
Might be a good place to ask for tutors; important to get the mechanics in place first before we recruit. Focus on after Covid. School #3 is doing tutoring online-just getting off the ground.
After Covid, Zoom will still be there and can be a tutoring resource if we begin working on a process now. Have different tutors for different subjects. Many of the subjects have changed and/or are being taught differently.