A Sequoia board retreat in January produced four priorities: address the achievement gap, enhance teacher effectiveness, systematically examine career technical education (CTE) courses, and re-examine the district's resources as they relate to these priorities.
A staff report notes board member Chris Thomsen proposing seven "essential questions" to be considered in Wednesday's achievement-gap discussion and for the board going forward. Among them:
• What activities are specifically meant to address the gap? Which have met with the most success?
• What are the best achievement-gap-reducing practices out there? What does the research show?
• What are the goals for the board as apart from teachers and staff?
Another question on the agenda: Does the board feel a need to have such sets of essential questions for the district's other three priorities?
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