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SPS District 186 Parent Engagement Roundtable

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October 2015

Let's Talk About Assessments

During open discussion at the Parent Engagement Roundtable parents had a good discussion about the types of tests their children take throughout the year and what is the purpose for each assessment. We learned that some tests given at the beginning of the year measure end of the year expectations. This type of test informs teachers about what knowledge the student/class has to inform their instruction. We also learned when the results from this type of test is shared with a student then he/she will know where they are now and where they are going this year in the class or subject.

Our next step is to help parents/families know more about the types of test, when they are given and the purpose of tests so they can support the school and their children. Below are two resources to start the home-school conversations about assessment:
!. Parent tips for talking with teachers about assessment.
2. Teacher tips for talking with Parents about assessment.
3. Talking with your child about assessments.

Professional Growth Systems

Kelly Sholtis, Prevention & Professional Growth System Coordinator, shared teacher evaluation and student growth with families on the Parent Engagement Roundtable.
Some Key points the group learned:
  • District 186 evaluation system is based on the Charlotte Danielson Framework
  • Personnel in the school who have a Type 75 certification and have completed the Teachscape modules do staff evaluations.
  • Senate Bill 7 changed lay off procedures. If the district would have to reduce force because of budget teachers will be laid off based on performance and job qualifications first, with seniority playing a “tie breaker role.”

  • Parents and students discussed if there was a way they could provide feedback on evaluations in the future.

Find more info: District 186 Teacher evaluations and Student growth

Town Hall Event ‘Only One Rule RESPECT’

Third Annual Mid-West Family Broadcasting / Springfield Bully Prevention Task Force (SBPTF) Town Hall Event to promote a community where all are respected.
Topic: Bullying Awareness/Cyber-bullying
DATE: October 20, 2015
TIME: 6pm - 7:30pm - Doors Open at 5:30PM
PLACE: Southeast High School
WHO is invited: Students, Staff, Parents, and Community

Online Backpack

You can access flyers sent home from District 186 & your child's school here.

Parent Engagement Roundtable Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 2nd, 5:30pm

1900 W Monroe St

Springfield, IL

This date is flexible and subject to change.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

District 186 has District level Parent and Student Groups that meet regularly with Superintendent Gill. Contact Peggy Cormeny for more information at or 217-525-3027.

Stay informed this year! District 186 School Board Meetings held on the first and third Monday of each month in the Board Room of the administrative offices located at 1900 West Monroe Street. They are open to the public, on Channel 22 & YouTube.

Springfield Public Schools - District 186