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Board Briefs - May 14, 2019

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s most recent regular meeting on Tuesday, May 14 (the full agenda packet can be found here).

Board hears update on innovative work at Dyer-Kelly Elementary

Dyer-Kelly Elementary School implemented a new collaborative teaching model this school year as a way to focus on academic language development for all students.

This school year, Dyer-Kelly’s 504 student population included more than 300 English Language Learners (ELL). A closer look at the ELL student data found that 237 had a beginner level of proficiency in English and that 216 of those students have been in schools in the United States for less than two years.

In response to the school demographics, Dyer-Kelly developed a new project in an effort to meet the academic and social needs of the diverse student population utilizing the co-teaching model and newcomer classes.

The purpose of the co-teaching model is to strengthen academic language development for all students utilizing a culturally responsive lens and assessment literacy practices. Focusing on the English language/art block, it involves two teachers in a classroom teaching, planning and assessing the students together in a collaborative environment.

The newcomer classes are short-term, strategic and intensive classes taught by two teachers which ELL students attend for half the day. The classes focus on academic languages, such as basic English skills and foundational reading, and social-emotional support with the goal of monitoring students progress to gradually integrate them to a full day in their regular classrooms.

Learn more about the innovative programs at Dyer-Kelly through a video.


Board hears update on early literacy efforts

In an effort to ensure a high level of literacy skills for all students, the district has implemented an early literacy initiative in several elementary and K-8 schools. The early literacy initiative’s goal is to increase the percent of students reading at/above grade level.

The initiative comes from the 2017-20 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) goal to improve and support student learning to close achievement gaps and ensure all students graduate college-career read.

Through a partnership with Scholastic Inc., 16 elementary and K-8 schools have engaged in professional learning around guided reading for students in transitional kindergarten through second grade.

Learn more about early literacy at San Juan Unified through this video.


In other news...

  • The board approved the name change of UnSchool to Meraki High School.

The Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, May 28 in the district office Board Room. Agendas are posted online Fridays before each meeting and can be found here. Audio files and transcripts from past board meetings can be accessed here.