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    Advanced Learning Task Force Update and Next Steps
    Posted on 12/04/2019
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    Advanced Learning Task Force Update December 2019 and Next Steps

    The Advanced Learning Task Force has been meeting since September 2018 to review and make recommendations to the superintendent related to the policies, procedures, and practices of advanced learning programs and highly capable services. This representative group of parents, staff, community members, and experts has reviewed data, case studies, policies, laws, and stories from students themselves to rethink and re-examine our practices to ensure all students receive the high-quality instruction necessary to grow and achieve, across all of our schools.

    Their work is coming to a close and the task force is making final adjustments to the recommendations they will present to the superintendent following their last meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

    There is still work to be done. To continue the momentum of ensuring equitable access to advanced learning opportunities, the district will be convening a new ongoing advisory group: the Highly Capable and Racial Equity Services Advisory (HC/RESA).

    Read the Advanced Learning Task Force December 2019 Update.

    Read the Advanced Learning Task Force September 2019 Update.

    Read the Advanced Learning Task Force June 2019 Update.

    What is the Highly Capable and Racial Equity Services Advisory?

    Seattle Public Schools (SPS) created the Superintendent’s Highly Capable and Racial Equity Services Advisory (HC/RESA) to support the development and implementation of procedures and practices for advanced Learning, based on the recommendations of the Advanced Learning Task Force.

    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 Seattle Excellence, the district's strategic plan and the Advanced Learning vision, mission, and commitments developed in partnership with the Advanced Learning Task Force. Read more about Seattle Excellence.

    The Advanced Learning Department is committed to transforming, in partnership with the HC/RESA, 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.

    The purpose of the Highly Capable and Racial Equity Services Advisory (HC/RESA) is to:

    • Embrace the role of advisers to the district as they develop and implement the systems, structures and resources designed to support 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.

    Please note that the Highly Capable and Racial Equity Advisory Committee is not a decision-making body.

    How do I participate?

    The goal is for the HC/RE Services Advisory to include parent, guardian and family representatives, 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 SPS.

    The HC/RESA is established as a committee to run for three years and may extend due to needs and progress of the work. Initial term of office is set at two calendar years (January 2020 to January 2022) with an option to reapply.

    Applications and nominations due by Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 12 p.m.

    Invited appointees will be notified by email, no later than January 17, 2020 with the first meeting scheduled to occur on February 4, 2020. Subsequent meetings will be scheduled every 4-6 weeks in collaboration with the HC/RES Advisory.

    To learn more about the HC/RESA, please visit the advisory webpage or request information at your school office. You may apply on the HC/RESA application webpage.

    Visit the Highly Capable and Racial Equity Services Advisory (HC/RESA) Description and Charge webpage to learn more and apply.