Advisory Description and Charge
Highly Capable and Racial Equity Services Advisory (HC/RESA) Description and Charge
Seattle Public Schools (Seattle Public Schools) created the Superintendent’s Highly Capable & Racial Equity is the condition that would be achieved if one's racial Services Advisory (HC/RESA) to support the development and implementation of procedures and practices for advanced learning. This committee will advise the district as they design and implement equitable access to advanced learning. The committee is tasked with addressing the segregated system of programs and services currently in place and with advising the Advanced Learning Department in the development and implementation of new systems, processes and supports to align with the Seattle Public Schools 2019-2024 strategic plan and the Advanced Learning Vision, Mission, and Commitments. The HC/RESA is committed to transforming current practices at a systemic level to eliminate disproportionality in advanced learning. These efforts require a long-term commitment from our advisors which includes both making recommendations and staying engaged as our work progresses over time.
Scope of Work
Utilizing the recommendations of the Advanced Learning Task Force (ALTF), the HC/RES Advisory will convene to advise the district as the Advanced Learning Department and a diverse Practitioners Work Group designs and implements a model (or models) for advanced learning identification and services that are aligned with the Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan and the Advanced Learning Vision, Mission, and Commitments.
The purpose of the Highly Capable & Racial Equity is the condition that would be achieved if one's racial Services Advisory (HC/RESA) is to:
- Embrace the role of advisors to the district as they develop and implement the systems, structures and resources designed to meet the needs of students with advanced learning needs;
- Understand the work of the Advanced Learning Department and Central Office Leaders as they present revisions to District policies to the School Board and procedures related to advanced learning equity practices and systems to the Superintendent;
- Understand the recommendations of the Advanced Learning Department and their Practitioners Work Group as they develop a model/models for identification and services aligned with the ALTF commitments and recommendations;
- Advise the Advanced Learning Department regarding next steps of development and implementation;
- Monitor progress and outcomes of recommendations implemented and,
- Serve as a two-way conduit of information to Seattle Public Schools families and community members.
The Highly Capable & Racial Equity is the condition that would be achieved if one's racial Services Advisory (HC/RESA) will:
- Represent diverse voices and perspectives across the education system and community on advanced learning needs,
- Address authentic concerns with the current system in advanced learning and recognized disproportionality in education and in all aspects of its administration,
- Collaborate with the Advanced Learning Practitioners Work Group and Advanced Learning Department staff;
- Work with the district to ensure effective implementation of the Ensuring Providing equitable access to opportunities, resources and support for each and every Policy as well as committee recommendations, as appropriate, and
- Participate in the Advanced Learning Communication plan with families and community members.
Highly Capable & Racial Equity is the condition that would be achieved if one's racial Advisory Committee will not serve for the purpose of decision-making. Decisions regarding policy and procedures will remain with the Superintendent and School Board.
Policy Considerations and Guidance
Guiding documents include:
- 2019-24 Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan
- Board Policy 0030 – Ensuring Providing equitable access to opportunities, resources and support for each and every
- Policy 2190 and Superintendent Procedure 2190SP – Highly Capable Services and Advanced Learning Programs
- ALTF 2019 Vision, Mission, Commitments
- Advanced Learning Task Force Foundational Recommendations
Seattle Public Schools is committed to a high-quality and equitable education for all children. We are dedicated to creating a learning environment that inspires and supports all students. We know that the meaningful involvement of parents and supportive community agencies is a very important part of attaining this high level of excellence. Stakeholder input may be gathered prior to, during, and following decisions and activities.
The goal is for the HC/RE Services Advisory to include parent/guardian, family, community members, and staff who represent the diversity of Seattle Public Schools and who can provide valuable insight and perspective regarding services, testing and eligibility practices for advanced learners in Seattle Public Schools.
The family and community members on the committee should bring an open mind, a passion for ensuring Providing equitable access to opportunities, resources and support for each and every for all students, and a willingness to engage in inquiry, meaningful dialogue, and collaboration throughout the advisory process. We are especially interested in people who have not had a chance to participate in past task force or committees sponsored by Seattle Public Schools.
The Advisory will include up to 26 members appointed by the Superintendent or designee. The balance of members includes the following:
Five (5) school-based teams that include one (1) teacher, one (1) school leader, and one (1) parent
- Two (2) Elementary neighborhood schools
- One (1) Elementary Highly Capable (HC) cohort school
- One (1) Non-Pathway Middle School
- One (1) Non-Pathway High School
Three (3) Community Partners
Three (3) Central Office Support Leaders representing:
- Department of Racial Equity is the condition that would be achieved if one's racial Advancement (DREA)
- Family Partnerships Department
- Special Education/ELL Departments
- Schools & Continuous Improvement
Three (3) Seattle Education Association (A union for Seattle teachers.)/Principals? Association of Seattle Schools (PASS) representatives
- One (1) A union for Seattle teachers. Rep
- One (1) PASS Rep
- One (1) Rep from A union for Seattle teachers. Center for Racial Equity is the condition that would be achieved if one's racial
One (1) Researcher in Giftedness with expertise in the following areas
- Differentiated Instruction
- High Engagement/Enrichment Strategies
Qualification and Selection Criteria: The goal is to create a balance of Demography is the scientific study of population that focuses on four basic matching the district racial Demography is the scientific study of population that focuses on four basic of Seattle Public Schools students:
Parent/Family Members on School-Based Teams : Parent/family members who have a student currently attending Seattle Public Schools. Preference shall be given to individuals who reside within the District.
Staff Representatives : Staff representatives may include, but not be limited to certificated teachers, building administrators, Educational Staff Associates and Central Office staff/administrators.
Community Organization Representatives : Community representatives may hold positions in educational, service government or not-for-profit organizations/associations with an interest in and knowledge of Advanced Learning. A representative of the organization should be nominated by the executive director or senior manager of the organization.
Applications and nominations were due by 12 p.m., January 8, 2020.
Applications and nominations were reviewed by the review committee.
Members of the review committee will be appointed by the Assistant Superintendent of Student Supports and is likely to include:
Parent and Community Representative(s):
- PTSA President or designee
- Community Based Organization Representative
- School-based Race and Equity Team participant
Central Office Staff:
- Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services
- Director of Schools
- Program Specialist
- Representative from DREA
- Representative from Strategy and Partnership division
Review committee recommended appointees and alternates to Superintendent Juneau in January 2020.
Invited appointees were notified by email in January 2020 and the first meeting was scheduled for February 2020.
Subsequent meetings are scheduled every 4-6 weeks in collaboration with the HC/RES Advisory.
Invited appointees accepted or declined a seat on the HC/RES Advisory in January 2020.
Remaining seats were filled by alternates.
Membership is posted on the District website.
No one may serve on the Advisory who has a financial interest in the outcome of the recommendations made by the HC/RESA.
Manner of Notification: Notice of Nomination Process
The District shall provide public notice to individuals and organizations that may reasonably be interested in serving on the HC/RES Advisory. Notice shall include the following activities:
- District Website
- Direct written notice to active community organizations which may have an interest in participation
- Direct written notice to all Parent Teacher Student Associations (PTSAs) at all school sites
Discussion of Consideration and Efforts
Members will be selected and appointed in accordance with School Board Policy 4110: Family & Community Advisory and Oversight Committees, and the accompanying Procedure 4110SP.
Duration of Task Force and Terms of Office
The Highly Capable & Racial Equity is the condition that would be achieved if one's racial Services Advisory (HC/RESA) is established as a committee to run for three full years and may extend due to needs and progress of the work.
Initial term of office is set at two calendar years (January to January) with an option to reapply. A schedule of staggered change in membership will be developed to support the on-going work of this committee.
Responsibilities of HC/RES Advisory members:
- Attend all scheduled meetings
- Adhere to the agreed upon Norms
- Assist in reviewing materials
- Contribute to the group’s work
- Communicate the work of the Advisory Committee to families in your region
Meetings occur on Tuesdays, every four to six weeks from 4 – 7 p.m. The first meeting will be convened, on February 4, 2020 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the John Standard Center for Educational Excellence.