DeKalb Preparatory Academy

Academic Committee

Regular Meeting - Tuesday April 17th, 2018 @1:00 PM

Meeting Minutes

Attendance Summary

Name Status Arrival Time Departure Time
Roberta Walker present On Time At Adjournment
Chris Estes present On Time At Adjournment
Monica Brown present On Time At Adjournment
Selina Dukes-Walton present On Time At Adjournment
Veronica Grant present On Time At Adjournment
Melba Smith present On Time At Adjournment
Carla Pettis present On Time At Adjournment

Welcome and Call to Order

The meeting will be called to the order, by Roberta Walker at 1:25 p.m.

Re-authorization Update

The committee continued the discussion about reducing the number of days in the school year calendar.  We reviewed the calendars of other charter schools in DeKalb and Decatur.  We also discussed the pros and con of the extended school year calendar that we are currently using.  Copies of the discussion will be provided to all Board members for consideration.

Student Attendance

We are continuing to monitor closely to see that all teachers are posting attendance correctly on a daily bases.  6 day letters are being sent to parents whose children have 6 or more unexcused absences.

2018-2019 Resources to Support Academic Programs

Professional development for all teachers will be conducted July 18-20th.

The Academic Committee, which consists of school leadership and 1 board member will seek board approval to attend a conference on Project Based Learning.  PBL is one of the instructional differentiators that will be written into the new charter.  We need to have a full understanding of this process so that we can begin the full implementation of PBL next school year.  
Please see the attached proposal.

Academic Concerns

Mr. Estes and Dr. Brown will write our proposal for the 3D Grant.

Teacher Contracts for 2018-2019 are due from teachers on April 23rd.
Reminder that teachers who do not sign their contract for 2018-19 will not be able to teacher during the summer school weeks.

Items needing action of the Board

Please see the attached proposal for the PBL conference and the Board Action form


Adjournment - 2:25 p.m.

Next Meeting Date and Time

May 15, at 1:00 p.m.

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:05 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: Roberta Walker Seconded by: Roberta Walker

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Ramping Up Tutorial Review

final progress report

The pre and post test results show that every grade level achieved positive growth.  During the tutorial period students' attitudes toward the tutorial were changed because they began to see the results of the work that was being done.  
Two teaching models were utilized, pullout and pushin.  Teachers were very appreciative of the additional instructional support provided by the tutors.  We will use this process again next school year during 1st and 2nd semesters.