Board of Student Achievement Committee Minutes – May 25, 2022

District Mission: The Sioux City Community School District exists to educate students to believe in their talents and skills, achieve academic excellence, and succeed in reaching their potential.

Facilitator: Dr. Kim Buryanek

The Board Student Achievement Committee (SAC) met on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at noon in the Educational Service Center Board Room.

Committee Members Present: Dr. Kim Buryanek, Monique Scarlett, Bob Michaelson and Jan
George.

Guests Present: Dr. Jen Gomez, Director of Human Resources, Dr Dora Jung, Director of Student
Services and Equity Education, Kristin Gray, World Language Program Coordinator, and Dr. Paul
Gausman, Superintendent of Sioux City Community School District.

Affirmative Action Plan

Dr Jen Gomez & Dr. Dora Jung presented the Affirmative Action Plan Review. Dr. Gomez explained
that the district is required to review the Affirmative Action Plan annually and update it every other
year. The plan is posted on the district website. Dr. Gomez stated that the primary goal of the plan is to correct staffing imbalances that currently exist and to ensure that imbalances are addressed through monitoring and implementation of goals that have already been established.

Dr. Gomez shared that over 10 percent of our staff (including teachers and other staff) are staff of
color. This is in comparison to the Iowa state-wide teacher average that is at 2.7 percent. Dr Gomez also reported on the district’s applicant demographics trends for the past two years. Currently most applicants are female – just over 58 percent. The hiring trend of minority applicants is rising. It has increased three percent over the last seven years. Dr. Gomez reviewed the district’s student diversity. The goal is to increase staff diversity, so it mirrors student diversity.

Dr. Jung presented the professional development aspects of the Affirmative Action Plan. Currently the district has participated in Visible Learning, shared Cultural/Linguistic Diversity Informational
Handouts, and held a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board Work Session, to name a few.

Dr. Gomez shared some highlights of the Quantitative Analysis and Quantitative Goals of the Affirmative Action Plan. She reported that the district has increased the number of minority elementary classroom teachers from 29 to 59, increased the number of minority administrators from one to four, increased minority clerical staff from 16 to 27 and increased minority students from 34% to 39% enrolling in the Career Academy education pathway courses. Regarding quantitative goals, the district is striving to increase the number of diverse staff to be reflective of the student population, increase the number of minority teaching staff at both elementary and secondary levels, and increase minority students enrolling in the Career Academy education pathway courses.

Dr. Gomez shared that the district is:

  • Supporting professional development activities related to diversity, equity, and inclusivity
  • Providing training/assistance with the hiring process
  • Supporting multiple committees and teams devoted to diversity, equity, and inclusivity
  • Attending in-person and virtual career fairs
  • Establishing relationships with HBCUs
  • Enhancing recruitment marketing campaign targeting specific geographic and demographic audiences and including traditional, digital, and social media advertising, email acquisition and internal communication strategies.

The Qualitative Goals are to increase recruiting efforts to reach diverse populations, support
professional development activities related to diversity, equity, and inclusivity, and to provide
training/assistance with the hiring process.

The committee acknowledged the Affirmative Action Plan.

TeamMates Mentoring Program

Dr. Dora Jung presented the TeamMates Mentoring Program. She explained that this program would align with the Focus 2022 Strategic Plan goals of (2) providing safe, healthy and supportive learning environments and (5) strengthen school, family, and community engagement. She shared that TeamMates is a mentoring program started in 1991 by Tom Osborn and his wife. It is one of the largest mentoring programs in the country. Participants are mentors (volunteers), students, sponsors, and community partners (board/sponsors/supporters). It blends local leadership and program implementation with support from a nationally recognized organization.

Dr. Jung explained the mentoring program would start with three elementary buildings in grades 3,4, and 5. The mentors would be recruited from the community and vetted. The mentors are volunteers and not paid. The program connects schools with families, volunteers, and community partners. The program provides training, recruitment tools, match and program support, and dashboards to measure impact.

Dr Jung explained that the advantage to this mentoring program is the length of the average match is 29 months vs 16 months of other programs. It also has match support and training. Dr. Jung stated a district Program Coordinator would need to be hired. The building counselors would be the School Building Program Coordinator and members of the Sioux City Schools Foundation Board of Directors would serve on an Advisory Committee. Funding for the program would come from ESSER III funds for the first two years. Then sponsors and fund-raising events would take over the funding after the two years.

The committee acknowledged the TeamMates Mentoring Program.

Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) Review

Kristin Gray, World language Program Coordinator, and Dr. Jung presented the LIEP Program
Review. Dr. Jung shared that the program is scheduled to be reviewed every five years and the purpose of the review is to ensure that it follows the guidelines of:

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (Title III)
  • The Office of Civil Rights Guidelines
  • Title II Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as reauthorized by the No Child
  • Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 and
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

Dr. Jung explained that the three areas the review focused on were:

  • Identification and Programming – Dr. Jung shared that in 2021/2022 the SCCSD has 3,020 English learners and they speak a total of 46 different languages. Currently, the district is approaching 10% of the Sates overall EL learners. The program models in place to meet these EL students are ESL, Sheltered Instruction, Newcomer Program, and Dual Language.
  • Assessment and Instruction – Dr. Jung reported that the district is utilizing ELPA21, ISASP, and district common assessments. Kristin Gray covered the levels of proficiency, which run from Level 1 to Level 5. Several curricular resources are provided to EL students and the resources are being implemented with varying degrees of fidelity.
  • Staffing and Resources – Dr. Jung shared that current district staff to student ratio for language instruction is 68.5:1 whereas the average staff to student ratio for large Iowa districts is 41:1. She also reviewed the professional development and training that has been conducted for district staff who work with EL students.

Dr. Jung and Ms. Gray offered the following recommendations:

  • Utilize consistency in usage of language assessment instruments to determine student language proficiency
  • Utilize consistency in District Common Assessments administration to inform student growth and placement
  • Fidelity in use of curricular resources
  • Prioritize hiring teachers and staff with ESL endorsements to better serve the EL students
  • Hire additional ESL teachers to reach student to teacher average ratio in the UEN in Iowa
  • Provide SIOP training
  • Continue on-going PD for ESL teachers, general education teachers, and administrators.

The committee acknowledged the LIEP Program Review.

The next Board Student Achievement Committee meeting is scheduled for June 15, 2022.