Board Student Achievement Committee Minutes – August 10, 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: Mrs. Amy Denney

The Board Student Achievement Committee (SAC) met on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at noon in the Educational Service Center Board Room.

Committee Members Present: Mr. Jan George (virtual), Ms. Monique Scarlett, Mr. Bob Michaelson, Dr. Rod Earleywine.

Guests Present: Dr. Jen Gomez, Director of Human Resources, Jim Vanderloo, Director of Secondary Education, Leslie Heying, Director of Communications, Janine Gacke, Behavior Supervisor.

Discipline and Behavior Protocols

Ms. Amy Denney reviewed updates to the Discipline and Behavior protocols. She stated the district received a lot of feedback regarding the new protocols. Concerning headphones, the district will be purchasing wired headphones for every school. The headphones will be for instructional purposes such as small group instruction time, differentiating, assessments, station rotations, and accommodations.

Parents can purchase wired headphones for their students if they wish.

Ms. Denney clarified that students will be required to put cell phones away. Students can wear smartwatches but cannot use smartwatches as a phone and cell phones are not to be taken to the restroom. She reported cell phones will not be allowed to be used as calculators or take pictures. The district is ordering class sets of calculators and their laptops can take pictures. Any request to use cell phones to take pictures for curriculum will need to be approved by the CIA office. Ms. Denney stated Study Hall and Advisory will not be allowed to use cell phones – this is instructional time.

Ms. Denney shared videos have been created by the communication department and will be posted on the district website to help parents with the new protocols. She stated Janine Gacke has shared videos to walk teachers through standard responses and the process of entering electronic referrals. Also, 1200 additional access points have been installed across the district to boost connectivity.

Ms. Denney reported that all principals will receive the presentations to review with their staff on August 12th.

The committee acknowledged the Discipline and Behavior Protocols Update.

Diversity Recruitment of Teachers

Dr. Jen Gomez reported on the efforts of Diversity Recruitment of Teachers. She stated the current plan aligns with the Focus 2022 Strategic Plan of Goal 3 – attract and support highly effective teachers, leaders, and staff.

Dr. Gomez reviewed the current recruitment strategies the district is utilizing which are, Career Fairs, Advertising, Marketing, and Grow Your Own Programs. She covered the various career fairs attended which included both virtual and in-person events.

Ms. Leslie Heying presented the Advertising and Marketing strategies. She stated the district is using traditional advertising of print, radio, and TV to social media advertising such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. She stated the district needed to define the audiences for the digital advertising so the digital advertising would be successful. Hence, target audiences were developed. She reviewed the various digital advertising platforms utilized and covered the different target areas visited and advertised in. She shared most of the applicants were originating from regional areas. Because of this, in the future, the district will be focusing most of the advertising regionally.

Ms. Heying reviewed the email acquisition campaign. This marketing strategy is designed to gain and increase applicants by sending consistent emails to potential applicants. She also reviewed other recruitment strategies – sending recruiting emails to the teacher education departments at area colleges/universities, utilizing internal communication using school newsletters, and redesigning and optimizing the Careers section on the district website.

Dr. Gomez presented Grow Your Own Program. One program is the District’s education pathway for current students. The number of students enrolling in the education pathway has increased from 78 students to 154. The other Grow Your Own program has the district partnering with Morningside University for a Paraeducator to Teacher registered apprenticeship program. Currently, there are 20 employees participating.

Dr. Gomez reviewed teacher diversity data over the last five years. It has increased every year since 2018.

The committee acknowledged the Diversity Recruitment of Teachers Update.

The next Board Student Achievement Committee meeting is scheduled for August 24, 2022.