Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
December 13, 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 5:03 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Juan José López, Shwaw Vang (arrived at 5:05 p.m.)


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Bill Keys, Ruth Robarts, Johnny Winston, Jr. (arrived at 5:06 p.m.)


STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Jennie Allen, Jane Belmore, Valencia Douglas, Mary Gulbrandsen, Joe Quick, Art Rainwater, Mary Ramberg, Mary Watson-Peterson, Ann Wilson - Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

The meeting began without a quorum (first two minutes). Approval of minutes occurred later in the meeting when a quorum was present but is included here to preserve the order of the agenda.

It was moved by Shwaw Vang and seconded by Juan José López to approve the Performance and Achievement Committee minutes dated December 6, 2004. Motion unanimously carried by those present.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Research Base Underlying MMSD Classroom Reading Programs

(Written materials provided: copy of the PowerPoint presentation - MMSD Reading Research Summary Quotes (12/04); and a Literacy Instruction Intervention Handbook. Copies are attached to the original of these minutes.)

Mary Watson-Peterson introduced staff members who were present and noted that the presentation would focus on research and the core practices open to all district students in the reading program. Art Rainwater also recognized staff members and teachers across the district for their contributions to the reading program which is one of the best in the country and receives more and more national attention.

DISCUSSION: Characteristics of children still at basic level by third grade and curriculum targeted from the time they are identified as at risk. WRCT testing. SIP process/generating data that shows which programs are effective. Looking for federal grants. Concern about restrictive federal funding; where can alternatives be found; partnerships with the university. Training for new teachers and the assets they bring to the district. Comparative effectiveness of different interventions. District deserves credit for assessment, narrowing the achievement gap, reading interventions and training, and provisions for English Language Learners.

FOLLOW-UP: Request a follow-up meeting and more in-depth discussion of priorities and math at the fourth grade and a Reading Recovery report by Tim Potter.

5. MMSD Professional Staff Development

(Written materials provided: copy of the PowerPoint presentation - Professional Development: MMSD; Standardization of Professional Development Courses Fall 2004; School Psychologist, Social Work and Nurses meeting/professional development sessions for 2004-2005. Copies are attached to the original copy of these minutes.)

Susan Abplanalp noted there is no longer an identified department but staff development is a collaborative effort among all departments. It is grounded in cutting-edge research, focused to promote sustained and ongoing change in staff practice, and the central commitment is to student learning and achievement.

DISCUSSION: Mentor program for new teachers and administrators, efforts for struggling employees, race and equity embedded in all teaching, diversity, communication among teachers about what is happening in classrooms.

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Shwaw Vang and seconded by Juan José López to adjourn the meeting at 7:25 p.m. Motion unanimously carried by those present.