On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, Seattle Public Schools presented the annual State of the District.
Amid a performance by the elementary school choir, the John Rogers Otters, and Seattle's first Youth Poet Laureate and Cleveland High School senior Leija Farr's reading of her poem "For Black Boys," Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland highlighted the achievements of educators and staff, community partnerships, and students of the past year as well as the challenges and opportunities for the future at the district.
Kent Koth, executive director of Seattle University Youth Initiative's Center for Community Engagement, shared observations about their partnership with district to support students at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, Washington Middle School and Middle College.
(Dr. Nyland and Leija Farr, Seattle's first Youth Poet Laureate are pictured at the State of the District event in the photo above. Seattle City Councilmember John Okamoto and John Rogers Otters choir in photo below.)
Now in his second year as superintendent, Nyland pointed out five highlights of the past year:
- Another year of enrollment growth
- Encouraging student performance on first-ever state-required
- Smarter Balanced Assessments
- Implementation of wireless technology at all school sites
- Significant improvements in special education
- Initiation of the City of Seattle's universal preschool
Nyland referenced the district's Five Year Strategic Plan and outlined its three goals: ensure excellence and equity; improve systems district wide; and strengthen community engagement. His speech addressed some of the successes, challenges and opportunities related to each of these goals.
You can watch the full recording on the State of the District, view the slideshow that accompanied Dr. Nyland's address, the video presentation of the great work born of the partnership with Seattle University at Bailey Gatzert Elementary, and more on our State of the District webpage.