LEADERSHIP TEAM/DEPARTMENT HEADS MEETING MINUTES – September 24, 2013
GALILEO ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Leadership Team/Department Heads Meeting
Marcus called the meeting to order at 11:15am.
He introduced Ritu, Janet Schulze, Jan Link, Myra Quadros, Chuck Flores, and Eric Lewis who are from the central office.
Ritu began the data discussion by looking at the SFUSD CAHSEE data. She showed both Galileo and SFUSD. She pointed out the places where there were rises and drops. She indicated the significant drops.
Ritu said she wants Galileo to always beat the state and the district scores.
Asian and White populations seem to remain about the same.
Ritu wanted to look at the demographics over the last 10 years. The Latino population has remained fairly steady. AA is the one population significantly reduced. Filipinos have reduced. The Chinese population has remained steady for the last 5 years.
Doug talked about the shift in populations around the city. He uses a Google map to note the changes and shifts.
Ritu shared data that shows a drop in the English scores. Marcus said we reclassified a number of students that could result in the drops.
Then Ritu compared the regular ed. to the special ed. scores.
AA students are the lowest in recent years. David said it would be interesting to see how many of the AA students are special ed. classified.
Alicia asked about a special ed. break down by ethnicities and Ritu said she would send it to us.
Ethan asked about a breakdown by gender.
David asked about truancy issues in the scores.
Soc. Econ Dis. was compared with Non-Soc. Econ Dis.
Data should bring action. Ritu distributed some sheets—Data Power to Act
Ritu asked what one data factor we would want to change. David said it would definitely be AA drops. Ritu said we should look at their attendance—78.9% is the attendance. All student attendance was 93.5%
Suspensions—we reduced the suspensions. 12 out of 50 suspensions was AA—25% of the suspensions are AA. Lisa the pointed out data that shows the AA suspension rate at 50%. Some students had multiple suspensions. Jan explained the complications with the statistics. Janet also addressed this as well.
Ritu asked about grades for AA. Marcus said 50% of the group received a grade of F.
The next column on the document is: Reasons (within our control). She asked the group to write down some ideas. Doug said we need to break the culture where students think it is OK not to do very well. We need to affect things earlier and begin earlier. Doug said we need to set our expectations as to what we can do. Closing the gap is a cultural problem.
Janet talked about the SAS program to identify the special ed. students. As a system, she said we have improved our AA graduation rates. We also need to look at students having relationships in the classroom along with the data.
Doug mentioned consistency and with the politics of the district; things are always changing, and this may be unproductive. David mentioned that we are working with the ELL population; we have goals and strategies that can benefit all.
Alicia mentioned her experiences with the Latino students and that they lack confidence. It is important to build student confidence. They need to have the opportunity to succeed. Michelle said this confidence can take a tremendous amount of time to build. She felt that activities they use to build confidence are not what is being assessed and measured in the CAHSEE. She would like to build confidence in life skills the students will need when they leave Galileo. Ritu discussed this. Resilience, teamwork, self-confidence area all-important.
Stan said that when we spend more time on confidence building, we are getting away from the subject areas the teachers are teaching. David said there will be a drop in performance as we are working on some of these skills.
Mat said we cannot forget about the middle of the road students.
Alicia suggested we ask students why they are missing school.
Katie discussed the SARB process and what our counselors do before the students get to the district SARB level.
Ritu asked if we have ever done a focus group to find out why the students are absent. Ethan said his theory is that once they get lost in a class and are failing, they stop coming to class. They may be too embarrassed. Jan asked when this happens, and Ethan said it is now—at the first 6 weeks period. Janet asked if we can ask as a school what can we do and what can each teacher do? How can students make up missed work, and how can we get students re-engaged?
Kathleen looks at many of her students who are not only Latino, but ELL as well. She mentioned students she gets who have been truant all through middle school and this make the problems worse.
Marc talked about an experience had had with a Latino student. This student was intimidated by other students in academics, but would participate in other activities.
Stan mentioned how students feel after failing the first grading period; they feel they will fail both semesters. Now we do not have a chance to change classes at the semester time. Doug said that many do not have the confidence to bring themselves out of the failing situation.
Research Factor from Ritu: 30% of the students’ grade will be on a project, that they can keep revising, working on until they are successful with the project.
Meeting adjourned at 12:20pm.