As American education continues to face significant challenges and calls for change our community has responded by initiating and supporting new models and approaches. Making these changes is very difficult and can’t be done in isolation and without the community. Change of this magnitude is very difficult. Traditions and cultures cemented in and practiced over 100 years make it hard. The natural apprehension, fear and angst that comes with change make it hard. One such transition point our country is facing is how to determine what our students know and how well they know it.
The Cedar Rapids Community School District wants to engage the community in this conversation as the District continues to move forward. A series of community conversations will be held over the next several weeks. Each 90-minute session will provide some background on grading practices, where the District would like to go in terms of grading practices, and the bulk of time left for conversation, questions, and drafting ideas for how to make such a transition successful for our kids and community.
Conversation & Co-Creation Meeting Dates*
Tuesday, November 17th 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Monday, November 23rd 7:00 – 8:30 AM
Educational Leadership and Support Center (2500 Edgewood Road NW)
Tuesday, November 24th 12:00 –1:30 PM
Geonetric Bldg / Iowa BIG (415 12th Avenue SE)
Wednesday, December 2nd 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Washington High School (Success Center)
Tuesday, December 8th 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Kennedy High School (IMC)
Saturday, December 12th 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Ladd Library - Community Room (3750 Williams Blvd. SW Cedar Rapids)
Wednesday, December 16th 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Jefferson High School (IMC)
*Each meeting will start with a similar overview but the conversations at each will take on their own flavor. Parents, teachers, students and District citizens are invited to attend as many as they wish.