Germantown Schools plans to create English standards

March 26, 2014

At Monday's School Board meeting in Germantown, a vote to approve a community event and board workshop led by Sandra Stotsky for April 9 passed unanimously.

Superintendent Jeff Holmes indicated plans to bring in Stotsky, who is credited with developing one the country's strongest set of academic standards for kindergarten through 12th grade, to lead a community forum and a board workshop.

She will explain how to propel Germantown Schools forward in its desire to adopt stronger standards.

Stosky's visit comes as the district strives to define a set of educational standards that build upon and may differ from the Common Core State Standards, a widely accepted set of standards that some districts, and states, including Wisconsin, are calling into question.

School district leaders have said they seek a way to rise above the minimal standards of Common Core into a more district-tailored set of standards.

Stotsky is scheduled to arrive on April 8. On April 9, she will spend a full day working with key staff members on the subject of English language arts standards and curriculum.

"We will have representatives from all grade levels and departments (present)," Holmes said. "She will be working with them during the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the ninth."

That evening, Stotsky will lead a forum about modern curriculum and modern standards at Kennedy Middle School from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gold Activity Center. Parents and the community at large are encouraged to participate in the discussions.

"This is a good start-off to our committee as we begin to form our standards in Germantown," said board member Brian Medved. "Dr. Stotsky's record speaks for itself. ...We're excited to have her come here. I think she will bring a lot of good things to get us started on the right foot."

In the interest of being transparent and open, Medved stated, "this is a great opportunity for the public to meet her and see what we are doing."

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