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December 3, 2006

Arlene Silveira Seeks Comments on The Madison School District's Proposed High School Redesign Process

Arlene Silveira:

Good morning -

As you may have heard, the School Board and district are embarking on a major high school redesign initiative [Discussion & Presentation Audio / Video]. The Superintendent made a presentation at the board meeting last week, giving some background information and outlining the process by which we will gather feedback and evaluate future changes for our high schools. The scope is huge - it involves challenging curriculum, relationship development and development of the skills needed to succeed in a challenging world. What will the new design look like? We don't know. We are starting with a blank slate. The process will be community-oriented. There will be time for more formal input as the process starts after the holidays. In the meantime, I would like to know your thoughts on the following questions:

  1. What do you think MMSD's high schools are already doing well?
  2. What are the barriers that keep our high schools from meeting your expectations?
  3. What is your vision for the future of our high schools.
Thanks for your thoughts.

Arlene Silveira

One of the interesting questions discussed during Monday evening's school board discussion [audio / video] on this issue was the need to address curriculum issues in elementary and middle school so that students arrive in high school prepared. In my view, this should be our first priority.

Paul Tough's recent article on "What it takes to Make a Student" provides a great deal of useful background information for this discussion.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at December 3, 2006 9:17 AM
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