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EMPTY CURRICULUM?


It has become clear that administrators at Stansberry Leadership Center (SLC) or Central Office (CO), as it is commonly known, have decided that they do not need much input, if any, from district-wide leadership about reopening schools and online curriculum.


Teachers have not been consulted.


Department heads have not been consulted.


Principals in secondary were just contacted for the first time this week.


It has been years since those in CO have taught and many have never taught in a traditional classroom setting or through a remote, online format. They do not have this

experience and they are not seeking out those who could provide valuable insight and guidance.


The administration is costing the district millions per year in salary. But what are we paying for, really? They should be able to perform. Why aren't they? Perhaps they are, but we just cannot see the results?


Parents cannot get answers on what courses will be offered to online students. Parents are assured that the courses will be rigorous, vary widely, and will allow students to rejoin in-person classes for the second semester. These are big promises the district has made for us not to know the offerings at this point.


It is nearly August. With the first day of school approaching, what can parents reasonably expect? Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, what can teachers expect? Uncertainty abounds.





PARENTS: YOUR CALL TO ACTION from a TEACHER








SLC needs to meet with teachers at all three levels, including Summit Tech, ESL, SPED, gifted, and a college credit rep, and let us troubleshoot. Our elementaries are so different: think how big PV is vs Mason (size and current capacity issues). We all have different beasts and some very similar.
Maybe the community should demand to know what classes are created online?
What is that Edgenuity program?
If a counselor group isn't aware of it and they enroll kids, that's problematic. What position does it put staff in?
I think the community needs to keep asking the unanswered questions.
Pelt SLC with those. Don't settle for vague answers, and if you think of a question, offer a solution. It may not work for five different reasons, but it isn't just complaining or asking.
Tell SLC what you need to know to feel comfortable. And tell them what (no matter which scenario you chose) your child needs as supports. Have those been addressed? If not, bring them to their attention. They didn't realize they hadn't updated the Online Academy; I'm sure there are other moving parts they have missed.

Let's answer that call! Our kids and teachers need us to advocate on their behalf.



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