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SBOE Welcomes Student and Local College Leaders on Teacher Retention Panel

Friday, February 22, 2019
Lakeisha Brown, 2019 DCPS Teacher of the Year, to be honored at public meeting

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly public meeting on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at 441 Fourth St. NW. During this meeting, SBOE members will continue their work on teacher retention by hearing from local college leaders in the field of training teachers and from two District students about their experiences. The State Board will also honor an outstanding educator and leader, Lakeisha Brown, on being named the 2019 DCPS Teacher of the Year. All meeting documents can be accessed on the SBOE information-sharing site. The public meeting will air live on District Knowledge Network (DKN) and will be streamed live via Periscope for those community members who are unable to attend in person.

The State Board welcomes two panels on teacher retention. The first panel will provide a student discussion on long-term substitute teachers and will include SBOE Student Representative Tatiana Robinson of Ballou High School and SBOE Student Advisory Committee member Emma Quigg from BASIS DC public charter school. The second panel includes Dr. Dawn Williams, Dean of the Howard University School of Education; Dr. Maia Sheppard, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy and Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program at George Washington University; and Dr. Nicole Strange-Martin, Dean of the Trinity Washington University School of Education. The school leaders will share insights on what information and data they need to ensure future teachers will remain in a single school for the long-term.

In December 2018, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) awarded the DCPS 2019 Teacher of the Year award to committed and spirited educator Lakeisha Brown, a kindergarten teacher at Lafayette Elementary School. The State Board commends Ms. Brown for her achievement and will honor the commitment and inspiration she provides every day to the students, staff, and community. The State Board will also consider ceremonial resolutions to honor the efforts of the Korean-American Grocers Association of Greater Washington to provide scholarships to our students, the continued activities of the Black Lives Matter At School movement, and the #OurLivesMatter Teen Campaign. In addition, the State Board will consider two resolutions on vital issues affecting our public schools: school mental health and budget transparency.

The draft agenda of the meeting is below. Please note that the agenda may be altered, modified, or updated without notice.

I.     Call to Order
II.    Announcement of a Quorum
III.   Approval of the Agenda
IV.   Approval of the Minutes
V.    Comments from the President of the DC State Board of Education
VI.  Comments from the State Superintendent of Education
VII.  Ceremonial Resolutions (VOTE)
VIII. Public Comment
IX.   Teacher Retention
X.    Administrative Items (VOTE)
XI.   State Board Resolutions (VOTE)
XII.  Adjournment

All students, parents, educators, and community members are invited to provide testimony at public meetings. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to comment at a public meeting are asked to notify Board staff in advance by phone at (202) 741-0888 or by email at [email protected] no later than 48 hours in advance of the meeting. An electronic copy of testimony must be received no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting. Individuals are asked to furnish their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, if any. Individuals must also bring at least fifteen (15) copies of their written statements with them to the meeting.

About the SBOE

The DC State Board of Education is an independent agency within the Government of the District of Columbia that advises the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the District’s state education agency. The State Board is comprised of nine elected representatives, each representing their respective wards, with one member representing DC at large, and two appointed student representatives. The State Board approves statewide education policies and sets academic standards, while OSSE oversees education within the District and manages federal education funding. More information about the SBOE can be found at