Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/14/2021 - 5:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 6. Report with Possible Action Regarding the Climate Justice Curriculum Advisory Committee and District Sustainability Team
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
File Attachment:
Background: At its meeting on February 27, 2020, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors referred Resolution 1920R-016 by Director Peterson to the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation (SASI). At its March 17, 2020 meeting, the Board adopted Resolution 1920R-016. In response to the Board's action, the Administration is providing its regular quarterly report relative to implementing the resolution.

The Board's original action directed that a Climate Justice Curriculum Advisory Committee and a District Sustainability Team be established to carry out implementation of the resolution. The Office of Academics is leading the Climate Justice Curriculum Advisory Committee, and the Office of School Administration is leading the District Sustainability Team. To ensure alignment to the resolution and consistency, there is cross-representation between them.

Work has been steadily moving forward on the curriculum to support the Climate Justice Resolution. In late June, a group of about 20 teachers met to vet and to write curriculum for content areas outside of science. Through this process, the team was able to complete curriculum connections for K3 aligned to Frog Street, and grade band teams worked to curate and to vet lessons appropriate by grade level and content area. Additionally, a book list was created for teachers that includes each book's description, suggested grade level, and Lexile level. The science team will continue to work to add lesson plans for each book suggested. Books have been vetted to ensure they are culturally responsive as well as on topic for the expectations outlined in the resolution. Currently the science team is working to include the suggested climate justice lessons to the science pacing guides for the district.

The science curriculum specialist will work with the curriculum specialists in the other content areas to ensure that the resources curated by the team in June are added to the guides for all other content areas throughout this school year. Additionally, the science curriculum specialist attended the Green Schools Conference at the Fondy Farmer’s Market in early August and provided opening remarks about our climate justice curriculum work and hosted a booth to share examples of the work completed by the team to date. At this time, the work has shifted to curriculum and instruction at central office, with the idea of consulting with teachers throughout the year as we continue to build out and implement the new curricular resources. The curriculum advisory committee took a break in July and has resumed quarterly meetings for the 2021-22 school year.

The District Sustainability Team continued to meet monthly through June 2021. At its June meeting, the team reviewed draft versions of the departmental sustainability smart goals as well as the student sustainability survey results. Some of the major projects underway include developing the District Sustainability Mission and Vision statements, departmental plans, and finalizing the format of the District Sustainability Plan.

The Sustainability Project Specialist position was posted recently and interviews were conducted with the qualified candidates. The goal is to have the recommendation of a candidate move forward for consideration by the Board during the September meeting cycle.
Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Felicia Saffold, Ed.D. - Senior Director, Curriculum & Instruction
Signed By:
Jennifer Mims Howell - Chief Academic Officer
Signed By:
Katrice Cotton, Ed.D. - Chief School Administration Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent