D.C. parent: How data-obsessed school reform helps drive rising inequality in nation’s capital

In the Washington Post Answer Sheet, DC parent and academic, Natalie Hopkinson, challenges the District’s policymakers and us to look at how we look at data (and use it), and specifically whether DC’s data-driven education reform is helping the school system or many of the students in it. In view of OSSE’s newly released strategic plan, and its key priority of high quality and actionable data, it seems worth considering Ms. Hopkinson’s comments and their implications for students with special needs. Her remarks were delivered at last week’s Urban Institute’s panel on Washington D.C.’s Next Generation of Education Data and Research. Other speakers included:

  • David Grosso, chairman, education committee, DC Council
  • Kaya Henderson, chancellor, DC Public Schools
  • Hanseul Kang, state superintendent of education, Washington, DC
  • Jennifer Niles, deputy mayor for education, Washington, DC
  • Scott Pearson, executive director, DC Public Charter School Board

Their bios and focus areas, and those of the event’s other panelists, can be found here.

 

PHILLIPS School is Growing Futures for its Students

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The Baltimore Sun recently featured PHILLIPS Maryland’s campus and its innovative career program that teaches students to grow microgreens hydroponically. The program combines lessons in science, math, culinary arts and business to give students valuable skills and a taste for the exciting field of hydroponic gardening and alternative farming. Students will also be leveraging community partnerships to market and sell the products they develop, giving them even more exposure and connections to the community in which they will someday contribute.

Looking for an Effective Crisis Management Program?

Right Response is an effective and largely non-physical crisis prevention and intervention program used by schools, hospitals, correctional settings and other environments challenged by sudden and frequent behavior management crises.

PHILLIPS Programs will be hosting a Right Response™ Trainer’s Training course, and is opening it to interested nonpublic school colleagues. The course will take place at PHILLIPS Laurel, MD campus and will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for the majority of particpants.

For more information, please contact Sarah Headley, Program Director, at sarah.headley@phillipsprograms.org

PHILLIPS Program Director Honored for Distinguished Educational Leadership

Congratulations to PHILLIPS Programs’ Trudy Bell for being recognized as a 2015 Washington Post Principal of Excellence! Ms. Bell has been guiding special education programming at PHILLIPS’ northern Virginia campus for more than 40 years, sharing her talents with hundreds of staff and thousands of students during that time. Read her Washington Post profile here.