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Committee Assignments

Current Committees:

On February 17, 2021, the State Board passed SR21-2, a resolution that established the following committee structure:

Standing Committees:

  • Administrative Committee 
    • Chair: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1
    • Members: Jacque Patterson, At-Large; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3, Zachary Parker; Ward 5
  • Assessment and Accountability Committee   
    • Co-chairs: Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3; Jacque Patterson, At-Large
    • Members: Jessica Sutter, Ward 6; Carlene Reid, Ward 8, Zachary Parker; Ward 5
  • Education Standards Committee 
    • Chair: Jessica Sutter, Ward 6
    • Members: Allister Chang, Ward 2; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3; Carlene Reid, Ward 8, Zachary Parker; Ward 5
  • Educator Practice Committee
    • Chair: Frazier O’Leary, Ward 4
    • Members: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Allister Chang, Ward 2; Eboni-Rose Thompson, Ward 7, Zachary Parker; Ward 5
  • Advocacy and Outreach Committee
    • Chair: Carlene Reid, Ward 8
    • Members: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Frazier O’Leary, Ward 4; Eboni-Rose Thompson, Ward 7, Zachary Parker; Ward 5
  • Student Advisory Committee  
    • Co-Chairs: Shayla Dell, Alex O'Sullivan
    • Members: Students

Ad-hoc Committees:

  • Board Governance Committee – This committee will 1) research how the District of Columbia's mayoral control education system compares to other localities and 2) survey and document public opinions of our current structure, culminating with a public report to be delivered to the State Board no later than December 31, 2021. 
    • Chair: Eboni-Rose Thompson, Ward 7
    • Members: Jacque Patterson, At-Large; Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; and Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3, Zachary Parker; Ward 5
  • ReOpen Task Force – This committee will create a task force with external stakeholders to develop a public report to be delivered to the State Board no later than July 31, 2021, on school reopening amid COVID-19 with a particular focus on social-emotional learning and decreased academic performance.
    • Chair: Allister Chang, Ward 2; Zachary Parker, Ward 5 
    • Members: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Frazier O’Leary, Ward 4; Jessica Sutter, Ward 6

External Committee Assignments:

  • Every Day Counts Truancy Task Force
    • Steering Committee – Zachary Parker, Ward 5 
    • Policy Committee – John-Paul Hayworth, Executive Director
    • Program Committee – Emily Gasoi, Ward 1
    • Data Committee – Alexander Jue, Senior Policy Analyst
    • Task Force – Zachary Parker, Ward 5
  • Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children – Jacque Patterson, At-Large
  • National Association of State Boards of Education
    • Government Affairs Committee – Jessica Sutter, Ward 6
    • Public Education Positions Committee – Eboni-Rose Thompson, Ward 7
  • Community Schools Advisory Committee – John-Paul Hayworth, Executive Director
  • Washington Area Boards of Education – Allister Chang, Ward 2
  • Research Practice Partnership – Carlene Reid, Ward 8

Former Committees:

Administration & Budget – This committee monitors and oversees the State Board’s budget, personnel, and governance. 

  • Chair: Markus Batchelor, Ward 8
  • Members: Karen Williams, Ward 7; Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3

Teacher Retention  This committee works to better understand the issue of teacher retention and the effects that low rates of retention have on District students, schools, and communities.

  • Chair: Frazier O’Leary, Ward 4
  • Members: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Zachary Parker, Ward 5; Karen Williams, Ward 7; Markus Batchelor, Ward 8; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3

Well-Rounded Education – This committee is conducting research to learn the degree to which D.C. schools are able to ensure students have access to a balanced education, with attention to non-tested subjects including arts, sciences, and social studies.

  • Co-Chairs: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Zachary Parker, Ward 5
  • Members: Jessica Sutter, Ward 6; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3; Markus Batchelor, Ward 8

Social Studies Standards – This committee is working to develop a multi-year plan, including extensive collaboration with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and a diverse group of stakeholders, that will ultimately result in revised state social studies standards that are culturally inclusive and anti-racist, impart important social studies content in the early grades, strengthen student knowledge of democratic principles and values, and promote civic engagement. 

  • Chair: Jessica Sutter, Ward 6
  • Co-Chair: Karen Williams, Ward 7
  • Members: Zachary Parker, Ward 5; Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3; Markus Batchelor, Ward 8

Research – This committee is examining and reviewing how school quality is measured under the District’s STAR Framework, alternative ideas and options for such measurement, and the strengths and weaknesses of these measures.

  • Chair: Ruth Wattenberg, Ward 3
  • Members: Emily Gasoi, Ward 1; Jack Jacobson, Ward 2; Markus Batchelor, Ward 8; Jessica Sutter, Ward 6; Zachary Parker, Ward 5

Student Advisory – The Student Advisory committee ensures the voice of students is heard in improving education in the District. 

  • Co-Chairs: Shayla Dell, Alex O'Sullivan
  • Members: Students

External Committee Assignments:

  • Every Day Counts! Task Force - The Every Day Counts! Taskforce is a partnership of diverse District of Columbia agencies and stakeholders that collectively advance and coordinate strategies to increase student attendance and reduce truancy.
    • Ashley MacLeay, At-Large, to serve as alternate delegate

Former Task Forces:

ESSA Task Force – ESSA implementation began during the 2017-18 school year. The task force will work diligently with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to continue gathering input from diverse stakeholders on the design and development of the new accountability system for the District.

  • Chair: Karen Williams, Ward 7 
  • Members: Jack Jacobson, Ward 2; Zachary Parker, Ward 5