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Duluth School District annual meeting tonight

The Duluth School District’s 2018 Annual Meeting will begin at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at historic Old Central High School in Downtown Duluth. The event is free and open to the public.

The schedule of events:

4:45 p.m. — Displays, Student Music, refreshments by Denfeld Culinary Arts Students

5:15 p.m. — Recognition of Newly Tenured Teachers

6 p.m. — Annual Report Overview

From 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., district leaders will present an overview of the 2018 Annual Report for the Community. Detailed information will be provided in the 2018 Annual Report booklet, available in hard copy at the event and online at ISD709.org.

The regular monthly meeting of the Duluth School Board will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Achievement

. Overall, Reading and Math proficiency remained steady.

. ISD 709 outperformed national averages on the 2018 ACT College Entrance Exam.

. The overall 4-year, on-time graduation rate rose.

. Gaps in test scores and graduation rates are evident based on race, income and receiving special education services.

Budget

. Nearly 80% of General Fund dollars are prioritized to the instruction and support of students.

. In November, voters approved renewing and increasing Duluth’s education levy. Levy funds will be used to hire more teachers to help address class size, increase site funding for specific supports based on needs and support financial stability.

Achievement Projects, Areas of Focus

Identifying/Meeting Individual Student Academic, Behavioral, Social-Emotional Needs

. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

. Professional Learning Communities

. Safe & Welcoming School Climate

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Students enhance core school academic work, acquire real-world skills and explore careers in growing, well-paying fields.

. Students have a decreased risk of dropping out of high school as they add CTE courses to their curriculum.

. High risk students are 8 to 10 times less likely to drop out in 11th and 12th grades if they enroll in a CTE program.

Courageous Conversations About Race

Staff development supports adults in having the conversations necessary to make progress on difficult subjects such as race, racism, ethnicity, and privilege.

. Educators study why achievement inequality persists and learn how they can develop a curriculum that promotes true educational equity and excellence.

. Started with principals, school board members and district administrators, this year will include training with Continuous Improvement Teams at Title I schools.

Early Childhood and Transition to Kindergarten

. Children who attend quality preschool are better prepared for kindergarten, behave better in class, have higher math and reading skills, and are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college.

. They show better overall health, less depression and improved mental health.

Educational Equity

Following Duluth School Board approval of Resolution E-6-18-3555: Commitment for an Education Equity Framework last year, work will continue this year to develop a Duluth Public Schools Education Equity Framework implementation and accountability plan.

Full Service Community Schools

Denfeld, Lincoln Park, Myers-Wilkins

. Improve educational outcomes by connecting children and families with the academic, social and health services necessary to provide a more stable environment.

Pathways2Teaching

Work with local colleges to increase diversity within the teaching ranks as a step toward creating safe and welcoming environments for all students.