The persistent academic achievement gap among the schools and students in the Sequoia Union High School District is the topic for a three-hour conceptual discussion set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the district's office at 480 James St. in Redwood City.
Along with the five members of the district board, Linda Darling Hammond is expected to be there and talk with the board about research on the topic. Ms. Darling Hammond is a professor at Stanford University's school of education and a leading thinker on current issues in education.
The agenda for the March 21 Sequoia board discussion includes a review of achievement gap data, the programs meant to close the gap, and relevant questions going forward, including what to do next.
Among board members, the tentative plan is for more such in-depth studies so as to "inform policy and priorities of the district," board member Chris Thomsen said in an email.
"My own interest is seeing where we can have a system-wide impact, rather than focusing on individual program interventions to address the major challenges of the district," Mr. Thomsen added.
A related panel discussion on the role of technology in closing the achievement gap is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Woodside High School at 199 Churchill Ave. in unincorporated Woodside.
The panelists include speakers from the U.S. Office of Educational Technology, a nonprofit foundation focusing on lowering the cost of textbooks, a high-tech entrepreneur focused on K-12 education and Woodside Principal David Reilly, who has expanded career technical education at Woodside High.