Agenda # 3 Teaching, Learning and Student Supports

School Committee

  Committee Members

Brian A. O’Connell, Chairman                                     
John F. Monfredo, Vice-Chairman                                   
Molly O. McCullough


Administrative Representative
Susan O’Neil, Ph.D.



AGENDA # 3 Teaching, Learning and Student Supports 

The Standing Committee on  will hold a meeting:
on: Monday, May 14, 2018
at: 5:00 p.m.
in: Room 410, Durkin Administration Building




The following items will be discussed at the meeting of the Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports to be held on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building:


gb #4-259  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
(September 17, 2014)

To initiate a course in Mandarin Chinese at the Advanced Placement level, offered either in a customary classroom setting or through Virtual High School.




  gb #6-264  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/
Miss Biancheria  (July 6, 2016)

To consider opportunities to enhance the education of the academically gifted students of the Worcester Public Schools, at all appropriate levels.


Annex A (1 page)


  gb #6-270  -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough/
Miss Biancheria  (July 22, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a report on the summer school programs to include:

 -academic progress


 -community involvement

 -engagement of colleges in summer activities

 -number of ELL students

 -number of grade 1 and 2 students

  and suggest improvements for next year.


Annex A (6 pages)





  gb #6-334  -  Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
(September 26, 2016)

Request that the Administration consider the feasibility of establishing a citywide girl’s ice hockey team.

Annex A (1 page)


  gb #7-59  - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Colorio/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough  (February 6, 2017)

To reestablish the PEAK ("Providing Enrichment for Able Kids") Program in the Worcester Public Schools.

Annex A (1 page)


  gb #8-94  - Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell  (March 2, 2018)

Request that the Administration consider expanding the Worcester: Future Teachers Program in conjunction with Worcester State University
in an effort to recruit the best and brightest students.

Annex A (1 page) 
Annex B (1 page)
Annex C (4 pages)


                                          OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA FACE  

gb #2-139  -  Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio   (April 11, 2012)

To consider development of a partnership with the Boston Debate League to support academic debate teams in high schools in Worcester.

  gb #4-175  -  Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell  (May 28, 2014)

To consider the possible benefits and drawbacks of later secondary school start times on teaching and learning.

  gb #5-328  -  Administration  (November 24, 2015)

To consider the Coordinated Program Review (CPR).

  ROS #6-3  -  Administration   (March 9, 2016)


  gb #6-28.1  -  Administration/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria
(February 17, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a list of assessments that were administered to kindergarten students for the 2015-16 academic year.

  gb #6-37  - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough (January 11, 2016)

To address the incidents of violent and aggressive behavior on the part of students toward teachers, administrators and other staff members in school, including staff development training in responses to student aggression, and consideration of appropriate policies and practices to curtail such incidents.

  gb #6-260.1  -  Administration/Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo (November 1, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a report indicating by individual school its designated level (I, II, III, IV or V) and outline ways in which these levels can be improved.


gb #7-2  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough  (December 16, 2016)

To review the 2016 Successor Settlement Agreement between the United States of America and the Worcester Public Schools, and to determine the financial costs of implementing it in full, for use in preparation of the fiscal year 2018 Budget.


gb #7-4  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough
(December 16, 2016)

To urge the individual Worcester public schools, and departments, to review and expand their websites, as a means of (1) increasing the information available through them, (2) showcasing student work and achievements, (3) sharing detailed curricular and programmatic information, and (4) assisting prospective students and parents in making informed decisions as to selection of an appropriate school.


ROS #7-6  - Administration   (March 20, 2017)



ROS #7-9  - Administration  (May 10, 2017)


  gb #7-23  - Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough/Miss Biancheria
(January 3, 2017)

To consider making an online grading system available to all teachers for the 2017-18 academic and fiscal year.


gb #7-127  -  Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria  (March 21, 2017)

To consider establishing a literary magazine for the Worcester Public Schools, to publish the writings, paintings, drawings, and other creative work of WPS students, teachers and other staff members.


gb #7-201  -  Mr. O’Connell   (May 8, 2017)

To implement the new Chinese Language and Culture Advanced Placement course in the Worcester public secondary schools as soon as a sufficient number of students have completed all prerequisites required to enable them to take the course. 

  gb #7-207  -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria  (May 17, 2017)

To discuss with appropriate members of the staff of Elm Park Community School the possible conversion of the school into an autonomous Horace Mann Charter School.

  gb #7-275  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Foley  (July 25, 2017)

To consider participating in the Harvard University’s Teacher Fellows Program, with placement of Fellows in the Worcester high schools.


gb #7-282  -  Administration  (August 2, 2017)

To approve the proposed 2018-19, 2019-20 and the 2020-21 School Calendars.


gb #7-285  -  Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell
(August 7, 2017)

To explore options and policies regarding work assigned and performed at home on snow days in an effort not to extend the school year.


gb #7-322  -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Ms. Colorio  (September 25, 2017)

Request that the Administration consider developing a student program to instruct secondary students about food allergies and anaphylactic risks.


gb #7-333  -  Ms. Colorio/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria  (September 27, 2017)

Request that the Administration consider establishing a confidential student drug and alcohol hotline and indicate how it would be implemented in the schools.


gb #7-367  -  Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo
(October 24, 2017)

Request that the Administration provide a report on the UNITEY Program at North High School that involves civic engagement and internships for students.


gb #8-29  - Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough  (January 16, 2018)

To engage in a comprehensive plan in an effort to have children read on grade level by the end of grade three.


gb #8-42  - Miss Biancheria/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough  (January 23, 2018)

Request that the Administration study the feasibility of involving students in community service projects at the Senior Center.


gb #8-43  - Mayor Petty/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/
Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough  (January 24, 2018)

Request that the Superintendent create an updated Health and Wellness Curriculum for middle and high school students.


gb #8-55  - Miss McCullough/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Comparetto/Miss Biancheria   (February 3, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a progress report on the Hanover Academy at Burncoat Middle School.


gb #8-59  - Mr. Comparetto/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo   (February 7, 2018)

To consider a review of a publication entitled Teaching Hard History: American Slavery from the Southern Poverty Law Center.


gb #8-97  - Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell  (March 7, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a report on school libraries.


gb #8-107  -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Mr. Comparetto/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo  (March 16, 2018)

To request that the administration review the January 2018 Policy Statement of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education “Alternative Structured Learning Day Programs” and that it recommend to the School Committee whether any such programs should be implemented in the Worcester Public Schools for 2019-20.


gb #8-139  - Mr. Comparetto/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell
(April 18, 2018)

Request that the Administration provide a report regarding all Early Childhood Programs in the Worcester Public Schools.


motion  (gb #7-148.2)  Mr. O’Connell (June 15, 2017)

 Request that the report of the actual grants be referred to the Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports for a review of the grants and the programs operated under the grants.


motion  (gb #7-220)  Miss Biancheria (June 1, 2017)

Request that the approved Admission Policy for Worcester Technical High School be referred to the Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports.


motion  (ros #7-14)  Miss Biancheria, Ms. Colorio

 Request that the Administration provide a breakdown of the backup by sections as follows:

-Elementary Education

-Secondary Education

-Curriculum and Professional Learning

-Instructional and Digital Learning




Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.
Clerk of the School Committee