August 15th Deliverables
On Monday, August 15th, BPS submitted the first set of deliverables to DESE as part of the Systemic Improvement Plan. These responsive documents reflect many hours of hard work by the dedicated staff of BPS.
Strong practices happen across BPS every day in our schools, classrooms, and the central office, but we still have significant work ahead of us in the Boston Public Schools. First, we must do better for our students and our families. We must strengthen what is working well, but we must also acknowledge when there is more work to do and work to redesign systems that do not meet the needs of our students, families, and educators.
From improving instruction quality for English learners and students living with disabilities to evaluating our transportation system, the deliverables outlined below help to accelerate our strategic plan and put us on a path to leverage our strengths.
While these documents fulfill our first commitment to the Systemic Improvement Plan, the most critical foundational work is just beginning. We must work in partnership to change how the system works to support our children and families. These deliverables are the first steps towards making that change, and now we must work in a coordinated, all-hands-on-deck approach to implement these changes.
Please note: Last week, on Wednesday, August 10th, BPS presented an update on implementing the Systemic Improvement Plan to the Boston School Committee in advance of today’s deadlines. If you missed the presentation and would like to learn more, please watch the presentation here at the 1:35:08 mark.
- Develop a system to ensure that all English learners, including English learners with disabilities, receive all appropriate instruction, access to grade level content instruction and a system for monitoring instruction.
- Complete a BPS Strategic Plan for Multilingual Learners to include native language instruction.
- Engage an entity or team of individuals who have a proven track record of success working in urban school districts and who will work with a sense of urgency on improving special education services.
- Form McKinley Working Group.
- BPS will provide DESE its plan for how the district will accomplish the work described in this section until the senior leadership positions are filled.
- Develop an updated policy and procedure manual on special education, and train staff at the beginning of the year.
- Begin using an improved, robust system for managing, responding to and resolving complaints from parents and guardians.
- Commission an independent student and staff safety audit.