Avondale School District, Bloomfield Hills Schools, Birmingham Public Schools, Huron Valley School District, Rochester Community Schools, Troy School District
- There was no public comment on agenda items.
- The movement to approve the agenda passed.
- The movement to approve the minutes from the October 22nd meeting passed with no adjustments.
Service Learning at IA – Making an Impact: Lisa Belotti
The UN Goal of Zero Hunger
- The three campuses have been focusing on food insecurity and scarcity over the 2021-2022 school year. Students have had various experiences in order to further understand the “why” behind community service, such as IA East students listening to a presentation by Danielle Todd, the leader of Make Food Not Waste; and going to Oakland Avenue Urban Farm.
- Direct impacts of the trip to Oakland Avenue Urban Farm included direct ties to biology, chemistry, and physics; giving students a sense of purpose; building community in and around the school; and harvesting 34,000 lbs of food, which can feed 34,000 people.
- The IA offers various service-learning-based Enrichments, including a Civil Rights trip, language learning, and making plastic bag- “plarn”-based beds for the homeless.
Four types of service: direct, indirect, advocacy, and research
- The IA has various product teams which work on social justice initiatives.
- The IA also partnered with The Children’s Place in Detroit. They will focus on the UN Goal of Equal and Equitable Education in the 2022-2023 school year.
Principal’s Report: Lynne Gibson
Joint Advisory Committee
- The Joint Advisory Committee met on Friday, February 11th. The purpose of this committee is to help campus administrators to assess and address issues. Some issues discussed include:
- Organization structures
- Processes such as textbook and curriculum review, renewing the IA Letter of Understanding (expires in June of 2022), and graduation requirements
- A strategic plan for the IA
- The staff is working on standardizing assessment policy throughout the three campuses.
- Assessment and grading goals are as follows:
- Grades are a reflection of knowledge and ability
- Grading categories are simpler to understand
- Grading practices are regulated across the campuses
- On Thursday, February 17th, teachers considered the type and balance of assignments, plugging in student grades from Semester One into an 80% summative 20% formative potential grading model.
- Assessment and grading goals are as follows:
- Staff will be discussing specific IB components at department meetings, as well as planning, instructing, and assessing a common curriculum.
- Expectations for departments are as follows:
- Staff will follow the same course sequencing and must attain permission from others to digress
- Assessments will be identical and given within two to three days of each other
- There will be common weighting in MiStar
- All unit planners in ManageBac will reflect accuracy
- Staff will be considering aspects such as utilizing IB data, supporting the Internal Assessment Process, standardizing MiStar grading policies, supporting social-emotional learning including ATLs and trauma-informed teaching, inclusion of identity and independence, and incorporating student voice.
- Feedback from staff also indicated that the IB Core – Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and CAS – is an afterthought, the staff is overwhelmed with the necessity of mentoring the Extended Essay, and the Exam Prep is typically unproductive.
Shift to IB Core: New DP Core course sequence
|Grade 11, Semester 2||Grade 12, Semester 1||Grade 12, Semester 2|
|Theory of KnowledgeExtended Essay (due at end of semester)CAS||Theory of KnowledgeTheory of Knowledge ExhibitionCAS Project||Theory of KnowledgePresribed TitleExam Prep|
- This new schedule will be implemented for the current sophomores in the 2022-2023 school year.
- The schedule is beneficial, promoting class time for the Extended Essay and integrating CAS into the curriculum.
- IB Exams beginning in late April and include a break for Eid for the first time. There is also an additional Listening component for Language B exams.
Okma Campus Updates: Anthony DeGrazia
- Mr. DeGrazia started his new position on January 7th, 2022
- The new French Teacher, Ms. Shoshana Judas, started her new position on January 26th, 2022
- The IA lease was renewed at $310,000 per year
- The Okma campus budget is $9,200 per student
- The campus has requested a student-support therapy dog, a 0.5 FTE increase, and $282.50 more per student
- Winter concerts were recorded and spring concerts should be in-person
- IA’s Phoenix Theater Company held two on-act plays
- IA held the valued tradition of Winter Olympics
- The IA Business Coalition is connecting local professionals with students and staff to meet student and campus needs
- The IA is starting a Student Senate: 1-2 recommended representatives from each club will meet to continually improve the IA experience. This is being overseen by Margaret Schultz of Bloomfield Hills Schools
- Requested help with equity and mental health in the form of a social worker in the IA building
- Shared the statistic that 1400 of 3000 students in the Bloomfield district reported suicidal thoughts or attempts since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a BBC form.
- Shared some questions:
- Where is the funding when the school is paying $10,000 for media center furniture, $15,000 for science equipment, and $15,000 for Chromebooks?
- What is the strategic plan for the building?
- Why are we operating on ten different teacher contracts?
- Questioned transparency, as she found out accidentally about the Joint Advisory Committee meeting
- Requested that the same representative be at each Joint Advisory Committee meeting
- Questioned whether the closed session after the Governance meeting is legal
- Requested a 5-year strategic plan for the IA to address equitable funding, infrastructure, tuition, the IA rankings, and other issues
- Requested that the IA budget be placed on the agenda for the April 20th meeting
- Requested a long-term plan for IA because:
- There are unique governing dynamics
- There is deplorable teacher retention due to pay inequities because of different district contracts
- Requested help for the IA concerning
- Science lab space and materials
- A loan discrepancy with the science wing
- Space for clubs
- Mental health and counselors
- Building needs
- Teacher retention and police presence
The Council passed a motion to move to a closed session to discuss attorney-client privilege.
The meeting was officially adjourned.