YEO Policy Books 2013 Policy Reader - Page 15

Empowering and Educating Communities Community Schools Pilot Program Policy Reader Target Level of Office: Local and School Board Summary: This legislation charged the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in DC with establishing a Community Schools Incentive Initiative to develop at least five community schools across the city. It also created a Community Schools Fund which was granted $1 million for fiscal year 2013. Link to More Information: 2013 Peer Assistance and Review Target Level of Office: State and School Board Summary: The Montgomery County School Board created a first of its kind peer assistance and review board method of teacher evaluation. The board created a large pool of high performing teachers to mentor both new teachers and struggling veteran teachers. If performance is not improved through the work of peer assistance, then poorly performing teachers are sent before a panel of eight teachers and eight principals. Link to More Information: Bilingual Education Rights and Model Policy Target Level of Office: State, Local, and School Board Summary: This program ensures that limited proficiency English speakers are provided a high-quality education. It provides financial resources and expertise for local school boards to advance bilingual education. Additionally, it requires all districts to provide an ESL learning curriculum. Link to More Information: 13