Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
December 6, 2004
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Room 103
Madison, Wisconsin

Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Juan José López at 5:23 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Clingan, Juan José López, Shwaw Vang


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Bill Keys, Ruth Robarts, Johnny Winston, Jr.


PRESENT: Oliver Kiefer

STAFF PRESENT: Jane Belmore, Mary Gulbrandsen, Roger Price, Joe Quick, Art Rainwater, Mary Ramberg, Barbara Lehman - Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Shwaw Vang and seconded by Bill Clingan to approve the Performance and Achievement Committee minutes dated November 29, 2004 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. MMSD Theory of Action for Change and Continuous Improvement relative to the Academic Achievement of MMSD Students

Superintendent Rainwater presented the theory behind the district's approach to system-wide change and continuous improvement (a copy of the presentation is attached to the original of these minutes). He highlighted how the approach relates to the Educational Framework one child at a time, how decisions are data-driven using research-based best practices, staff development, the intervention scaffold, the importance of planning and implementing change that is focused and positive.

Discussion: Classroom support and collaboration efforts. Fostering a positive environment; no sanctions. No "lighthouse" schools. More districts nationwide making changes like Madison. Strategies for moving the "gatekeepers" toward change. Creating a consistent set of things that parents can expect at every school and keeping the door open to new ideas and spreading them across the district. What teachers are required to do to remain certified. Creating a climate of collaboration to best meet the needs of the children.

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Shwaw Vang and seconded by Bill Clingan to adjourn the meeting at 5:52 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.