Community BSEP Budget Workshop - Be a part of building the next measure! 

The current BSEP Measure, which provides nearly $25 million annually to our schools, is up for renewal in November 2016.

The special tax known as BSEP has made a significant difference in the quality of our schools since 1986, providing class size reduction, libraries, music, and much more. 

To learn more about BSEP, and engage with other community members in discussing what could go into the next measure, please come to the first Community BSEP Budget Workshop on October 22. 

The Annual School Governance/Site Council Orientation Workshop will take place before the BSEP workshop (5:30 to 6:10 pm).

Find event details, including the online registration link, on the new BSEP Blog.
Last Year's State Testing Results Being Mailed Home This Week 
Every day, throughout our school district, educators are assessing student learning and the effectiveness of our instructional programs. Feedback about what students know and are able to do helps to improve teaching and identify how best to serve students. That's why we use multiple measures to assess student learning in our district, including teacher observation and local assessments that are administered throughout the year.

Shortly before school ended last year, students in grades 3-8 and 11 took the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the new computer-based tests for English language arts/literacy and mathematics that replaced the former paper-based tests for these subjects. These assessments, as well as the state Science Test, and other student performance indicators are all part of the   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) .

Parents/Guardians, whose children were in grades 3-8 and 11 last school year, will soon be receiving their student's CAASPP student report generated by the state Department of Education, along with a  letter from Superintendent Evans and a guide on how to read the report. You can find more information here.
Professional Learning Communities in Every Berkeley School   
Professional learning is an integral part of creating a dynamic learning environment for students in our schools. This year, principals, district administrators and teacher leaders are taking another big leap forward in leading team work and effective peer collaboration. A team from each school is engaged in a six month period of training and development around how to build effective Professional Learning Communities (PLC) in their schools.

Becoming a PLC is an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. 
Teachers and staff learn to work together on the following four critical questions:
  1. What is it we expect our students to learn?
  2. How will we know when they have learned it?
  3. How will we respond when some students do not learn?
  4. How will we respond when some students already know it?
Ask your principal about the training and teamwork going into developing a PLC at your school.
Watershed Environmental Poetry Reading Brings Festival to Students   
Berkeley High English teacher Alan Miller delivered another successful program to students in September, bringing three outstanding poets from the annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival. Read about the poets and hear them read for students here.
Expanded Access to School Board Meetings

We've expanded a few online tools to increase community access and facilitate the work of the School Board. Now you can follow the initiatives and issues that interest you the most, when and where it's the most convenient for you!

Online Agendas
The new online board agendas and public meeting materials are easy to read and scan, and provide improved access to the related board documents. 

Live Streaming Online
School Board meetings are now streamed online, and also continue to be shown on B-TV Cable Channel 33. All televised board meetings are archived as part of the process.