The State Council for Educator Effectiveness meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both today and Friday as it tries to complete recommendations ahead of a report to the State Board of Education in early February.
Today’s meeting is at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education, Ruffatto Hall, Community Room 105, 1999 E. Evans Ave. Friday’s session will be at the Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave. See Monday’s agenda, along with more details of the council’s work and a link to past meeting minutes.
The 15-member council met for the first time in March 2010 and is charged with helping implement the educator effectiveness law, passed last session, that will link teacher and principal evaluations to student academic growth. Among its tasks is drafting definitions of teacher and principal effectiveness, which has a March 1 deadline.
What’s on tap:
The Denver Public Schools’ finance and audit committee meets from 9 a.m. to noon to interview financial adviser candidates. The board is seeking independent advice as it faces the “potential restructuring, refinancing, or retention of an alternative liquidity provider of the 2008 Pension Certificates of Participation,” according to its request for professional services issued in December. The meeting is at 900 Grant St. Agenda.
The Boulder Valley school board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. in the Board Room of the Education Center at 6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder. Agenda & documents (large PDF).
The Mapleton school board meets at 6 p.m. at its district administration building, 591 E. 80th Ave. in Denver. There’s no agenda posted but those interested can call 303-853-1000 to learn more.
The Mesa State College trustees meet Wednesday and Thursday at the Magnolia Hotel, 818 17th St. in Denver. Agenda.
The Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board will meet from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the conference center at the Community College System Lowry campus, 1061 Akron Way, Bldg. 697 in Denver. More information.
The Littleton school board meets at 5:30 p.m. at its Education Services Center, 5776 South Crocker St. Agenda.
The Adams 50 Westminster school board is hosting a community conversation about the direction of the district. Morning sessions will focus on the district’s nationally-watched Standards-Based Education reform, while an afternoon session is tailored to those interested in seeking a board seat this fall. It all starts at 8 a.m. at Westminster High School. More information.
Good reads from elsewhere:
- Big loss: A bookkeeper at a Boulder education non-profit is accused of embezzling $160,000. Denver Post
- KIPP and attrition: Jay Matthews ponders how KIPP elementary schools might affect attrition. Washington Post
- Seniority and layoffs: L.A. judge OKs teacher layoff plan that reduces seniority protections. L.A. Times
- Vouchers return?: Choice advocates hope GOP will revive D.C. voucher program. Education Week