Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/19/2021 - 5:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 12. Report with Possible Action Regarding the Task Force on Strategies and Guidelines to Develop Capacity in Attracting, Retaining, and Developing Bilingual Teachers and Support Staff
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 6.23 - Recruitment and Hiring: Staff
File Attachment:
Background: At its December 2019 meeting, the Board took action to direct the Administration to establish a special task force to develop capacity in attracting, retaining, and developing bilingual teachers and support staff. Since December 2019, there have been five meetings of the task force: January 16, February 11, March 4, November 11, and December 9, 2020.

At the March 4, 2020, meeting, the Administration presented information in regard to programs that exist through MPSU to assist in the development of a pathway leading towards bilingual certification. There was then an opportunity for the audience members to ask questions. The audience was also engaged in a sharing activity to highlight any barriers that they had encountered, or could foresee, in this pathway process. The task force will examine those responses and plans to use that information to create solutions or opportunities that will be presented to the Board.

Due to the pandemic, meetings of the task force were suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. There was a written update sent to task force members in July 2020. This written update provided answers to some of the questions that were asked by members in earlier meetings. Also included in that communication was information taken from the 2019 Milwaukee Public Schools Education Pathways document.

The November 11, 2020 meeting started with a brief segment on virtual meeting norms and an overview of the purpose of the Bilingual Task Force. The main focus of the meeting was an MPSU program update and information regarding student program offerings. The meeting concluded with a discussion on steering committee roles and responsibilities, and a call for volunteers to be part of the task force’s steering committee. Those who wished to volunteer were asked to respond their intent to be on the steering committee by November 30, 2020, to be announced to the group at large during the December 2020 meeting.

Following the meeting on November 11, 2020, the Administration provided answers to the questions that were posed by the task force members. These responses were shared via email with all task force members. At the November meeting, the web page was discussed, and that it would soon be live and available. That web page is now active and has program descriptions as well as other important information. In addition, question responses from the November meeting were also posted on the web page in the “frequently asked questions” section.

At the December 9, 2020 meeting, the task force introduced two new members to the steering committee. Task force members were then given an overview of the web page. Members were provided a link to the web page and they were asked to provide feedback on the web page. Task force members were also asked to provide agenda items and concerns for the task force to address during the next meeting. The meeting concluded with an overview of Resolution 2021R-016 by Director Baez.

The January meeting of the task force is scheduled for January 13, 2021.
Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Eduardo Galvan - Regional Superintendent
Signed By:
Katrice Cotton, Ed.D. - Chief School Administration Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent