Last evening, members of the CASE Board attended the D202 School Board and Administration's working meeting as they discussed revision to the District Goals.
I am pleased to report that our letter outlining our concerns and recommendations (see link below to read the letter) was taken seriously. We thank the Board and Administration for recognizing the need to incorporate goals and targets that support and focus on the aspirations, goals and desires of students with special needs.
Of particular importance is their decision to broaden their vision for success at ETHS in these words -- "Readiness for College, Career and Independence".
Focusing on this overall vision will hold them accountable for developing goals and tracking measures other than AP classes, high ACT and SAT scores and numbers of students admitted to four year colleges. Help us to continue this work by either speaking or writing about your definition of success for your child at the D202 Board meeting on Monday, Oct. 26th at 7:30 pm in N-112. If you choose to write an email, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case you missed it, the following content was sent on October 20th.
Participate in the CASE advocacy effort to improve the content of the D202 Board Goals for 2015-2020
Monday, October 26th at 7:30 pm
ETHS Room N112
The ETHS School Board and Administration is currently working to update the District goals for 2015-2020. CASE is meeting with community partners to get their input regarding content for these goals that will directly address the measures of success of students with special needs at ETHS. The District goals help guide resource allocation and identify areas of focus in the District's planning efforts.
To view a copy of the current board goals, click HERE
The CASE Board sent a letter to the D202 Board and Administration on October 20th outlining our concerns and overall perspective on the experience of students with special needs as they navigate their education at ETHS. We hope that this input will encourage them to keep these students in mind as they develop new goals and metrics for the coming five year period.
The CASE Board, parents and community partners will be speaking at the D202 Board meeting on October 26th to comment more specifically about goals, targets and measures that would provide the focus necessary to ensure successful post-high school outcomes for our students.
To read the letter, click HERE
We invite you to attend the meeting in order to speak about your experiences and concerns, to comment about the current District goals, and/or to be in the audience to support this important advocacy effort.
If you intend to speak at the meeting, contact us for more information on the procedure at email@example.com. We will keep you informed of further developments.
Thank you for your support and participation.
Cari Levin, LCSW
Founding Director, Evanston CASE