UAI Staff News
Birthdays This Week
Friday, 30APR21: Jazmin A (12), Sajeda (12),
Staff Circles Committee (Members: Annie, Jennifer, Juelle, Marsha, & Nakita)No updates this week. See agenda/minutes here.
School Restructuring Committee (Members: Annie, Courtney, Jen, Kiri, Laura, Marsha, Nadine, Nina, and SarahM). The SRC agendas & minutes are always open for staff access. No new updates this week.
The Equity Team (Suzannah, Nina, Elana, Kelly, Phillan, Annie, Nakita, Rebecca C, Damon, Ms. King (Kianna’s mom), Ms. Barnes (Alyssa’s mom), Ms. Martuscello (Veronica’s mom), Kianna King, Emily Payamps, Jerlai Tyner, Jamilah Alshawish, Salia Naschel). This week the Equity Team met to discuss how the UAI community can become more active in the fight for social justice. We are excited to start to plan for teach-ins that we will conduct in May and June. Each teach-in will end with a call-to-action. Please be on the lookout for emails if you would like to be involved. Please see this week's agenda and notes for further details.Thank you all for participating in the Equity Team PD on Friday. We are excited to continue our work in creating a more equitable policy at UAI.
Grading Policy Update. After nearly a year of work and research, the Equity Team released their first adjustments to the grading policy. In last Friday's meeting, they shared:
- Floor Grade of 50. The floor grade of 50 will remain in place. On Friday, Nina shared a powerful and personal story of the detrimental impact that zeros can do on a student's average because of their disproportionate impact it has on the grading average. The Equity Team then shared the mathematical explanation of how a floor of 50 is more in line with the ranges the other 10pt ranges (90-100; 80-89; 70-79, etc). Having a 50 is not "giving" students credit for doing nothing. It is the fair floor for our grading system. For any and all assignments, the lowest number grade given is a 50. To communicate with students how they are performing, please use feedback, to clearly articulate what they need do to improve performance.
- No More Participation Grades. In their last staff engagement, the Equity Team took a look at the Participation Grade Category. Because this category is inherently subjective, it is the category most obviously and egregiously open to implicit bias. Surveys from staff overwhelmingly agreed, and after much research and reading the Equity Team confirmed this conclusion and ruled that there will be no more Participation Grades.
Per Session Postings
Summer College Advisor Posting closes next week, 25APR21
Applied: Doris Twine
Staffed: Doris Twine
Summer School Per Session Post.
We are still looking for teachers, but here are the postings so far.
Please complete the per session interest form and email Kiri
2 Administrators (Must have Admin certification) - Marsha & Brodie
1 Teacher Coordinator of Summer School - Kelly
4-7 Teachers (subject to student enrollment): Suzannah, Nadine, Cherry, Joey, Kristina