Friday, December 16, 2022
Washington, D.C.—The D.C. State Board of Education (State Board) will hold its monthly public meeting on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. The public meeting will be held in-person in the Old Council Chambers in the Marion S. Barry, Jr. Building (441 4th Street NW), and streamed live via District Knowledge Network (DKN). Materials for the State Board meetings can be found on our website.
As the Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) releases draft social studies standards for a public comment period, the State Board welcomes an expert panel to weigh in on the draft standards and offer insight into action civics, global competency, D.C. history, and more. The confirmed experts on the panel are:
- Voncia Monchais, Managing Director of Programs at Mikva Challenge D.C.
- William Jones, Founder and President of AfroFuturism Network
- Adam Evans, 12th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Roosevelt High School
- A.D. Grover, 7th Grade Ancient World Cultures Teacher, Hardy Middle School
"I am pleased and encouraged by the dedicated work and progress that the State Board and OSSE has put forth to move closer to revising the social studies standards. It is my hope that the public will take time to review the standards and offer feedback within the allotted comment period so that together, we can offer D.C. students updated and developmentally appropriate standards in their education,” President of the State Board, Jessica Sutter says.
The State Board will also consider the following state resolutions:
SR22-11, On Submission of Letter to D.C. Education Research Collaborative
The State Board has been a strong advocate of early reading instruction and has engaged directly with OSSE to ensure uniform standards are in place to prepare teachers for scientifically-based reading instruction. The State Board recognizes the need for research regarding literacy rates across the District and urges the D.C. Education Research Collaborative to focus on early reading instruction, COVID-19 recovery efforts, and learning acceleration.
SR22-16, On Sexual Assault Data
The State Board believes there is a need for transparency and clarity around data on sexual assault cases in schools. This information will increase equity in the education system and promote the safety and well-being of students, while creating supportive educational environments for them. The State Board calls on OSSE to explore methods for sharing sexual assault and harassment data to increase transparency, provide an annual report to D.C. Council on sexual assault cases in schools, and make the report publicly available on their website.
SR22-17, Recommendations on Changes to Education Governance in the District of Columbia
In response to D.C. residents’ outreach and testimony to address their immediate education needs and broader concerns with D.C. 's current education system, the State Board developed 9 recommendations and exploratory topics developed through meaningful community engagement, research, and expert testimony. By adopting the recommendations in SR22-17, the State Board will work with the DC Council and education agencies to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of D.C.’s education system.
SR22-18, To Approve the NASBE Healthy School Facilities Network Team Work Plan
The State Board believes there should be established standards around healthy school facilities in the District and joins the National Association of State Board of Education’s (NASBE) Healthy School Facilities Network (HSFN) to collaborate on this work. The State Board will work to improve equity by defining and setting a standard of what a healthy, safe, and educationally appropriate facility looks like across all public schools.
The State Board will honor outgoing D.C. State Board of Education members Emily Gasoi (Ward 1), Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3), Zachary Parker (Ward 5), and Jessica Sutter (Ward 6) with ceremonial resolutions.
The State Board will also review its meeting calendar for 2023 and adopt its 2022 Annual Report.
Public Meeting Agenda
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 & Retreat Minutes
IV. Comments from the President of the D.C. State Board of Education
V. Comments from the State Superintendent of Education
VI. Social Studies Panel
i. Voncia Monchais, Managing Director of Programs at Mikva Challenge D.C.
ii. William Jones, Founder and President of AfroFuturism Network
iii. Adam Evans, 12th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Roosevelt High School
iv. A.D. Grover, 7th Grade Ancient World Cultures Teacher, Hardy Middle School
VII. Public Comment
i. Scott Goldstein
ii. Patricia Sanabria
iii. Matthew Westcott
iv. Kayla Knight
v. Patricia Stamper
vi. Dylan Craig
vii. Collin Radix-Carter (written testimony)
viii. Laura Engel (written testimony)
ix. Janis Williams (written testimony)
VIII. Administrative Items (VOTE)
i. SR22-11, On Submission Letter to D.C. Education Research Collaborative
ii. SR22-16, On Sexual Assault Data
iii. SR22-17, Recommendations on Changes to Education Governance in the District of Columbia
iv. SR22-18, To Approve the NASBE Healthy School Facilities Network Team Work
v. CR22-34, To Honor State Board of Education Member Emily Gasoi
vi. CR22-35, To Honor State Board of Education Member Ruth Wattenberg
vii. CR22-36, To Honor State Board of Education Member Zachary Parker
viii. CR22-37, To Honor State Board of Education Member Jessica Sutter
ix. 2022 SBOE Annual Report
x. 2023 SBOE Calendar of Meetings
IX. New Business
About the D.C. State Board of Education
The D.C. 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 made up of nine elected representatives, each representing their respective wards, with one member representing the District at large, and four 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 sboe.dc.gov.
The Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education serves as an external, impartial resource for current and prospective public-school students and their parents or guardians in the resolution of complaints and concerns regarding public education in a way that furthers the students’ best interest. The Ombudsman’s Office uses conflict resolution strategies, including coaching, facilitation, and mediation, to assist families and schools experiencing disagreement or conflict.
The Office of the Student Advocate supports students, parents, and families in their advocacy through parent education, one-on-one coaching, resource supports, and trainings in order to amplify the voices of families and communities in processes and decision-making; to provide avenues for access to resources and understanding systems; and to support power families and communities already possess. Contact the Office of the Student Advocate Monday through Friday at (202) 741-4692 for questions or support with charter and neighborhood schools.
Contact: Milayo Olufemi