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“Will the D.C. Public Schools be ready for the students when school opens this fall?”
JOIN DC VOICE’s 6th ANNUAL READY SCHOOLS COMMUNITY ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT TO FIND OUT!
What is the READY SCHOOLS PROJECT? DC VOICE community action researchers form teams and interview local school principals to assess whether the needed supports are in place at the opening of school, so that teachers can teach and students can learn at high levels. Who’s involved? o 273 volunteers participated in the Ready Schools Project 2008 principal interviews and in the Ready Classroom Project 2009 teacher interviews. o The parent and community member action researchers come from all 8 Wards. o Last year 109 DCPS principals from schools across the city participated in the confidential interviews. o Over 400 persons have participated either as interviewers or as participants in the Town Hall meetings this year, and will be involved with Ready Schools Project 2010 How will the information be gathered and used? Our goal is to visit all DCPS schools in September, and release the findings at city wide Town Hall meetings in November. Town Hall participants will conduct data analysis and make recommendations which both community members and the school system can use to take action to improve all of our schools. Individual and school names are kept confidential. As o o o a partial or direct result of the Ready Schools Project DCPS has: Begun earlier teacher hiring o Increased math and reading scores o Ensured earlier textbook delivery Increased new teacher mentoring Reduced Special Education complaints o Quadrupled the spending on school facilities
Why is the Ready Schools Project important? This will be the sixth year that DC VOICE and its many volunteers and partners have produced reliable data about our schools that can be used to take action, and fulfill DC VOICE’s mission to inform and mobilize the public to hold both the schools and the community accountable for providing high quality teaching and learning for all.
For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact: DC VOICE, 986-8535, RSP@dcvoice.org, or visit our web site at www.dcvoice.org.