Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti Addresses PTA Member Questions

March 1, 2017

The Duval County Council PTA would like to thank Dr. Nikolai Vitti for keeping PTA membership informed by addressing member questions.  Dr. Vitti will answers question at the next DCCPTA general meeting March 28 @ 9:30 am at the school board building.

  1. Information about the Midyear assessment results.

Click Here for a recent presentation regarding student achievement at midyear.

  1. What professional development is available to math teachers?  Is it mandatory?

Professional development for mathematics is provided weekly via face-to-face meetings or on a digital platform, and every other week through early release and administrator-led common planning. Mathematics professional development offerings are also available throughout the school year. Mandatory professional development for math teachers occurs each week. Two times per month the mandatory professional development is offered by the district and twice per month the mandatory professional development is facilitated by the school leadership team.

  1. Can after school tutoring be held with teachers who have been specially selected?

This would need to be negotiated through collective bargaining. The challenge here is if specific teachers are willing to conduct after school tutoring.

  1. Can students participate in the evaluation of their teachers?

No. Student input is not a factor in the approved teacher evaluation system. Teacher assessments are a negotiated item, and must include the components required by the state.

  1. Can DCPS employees serve as PTA Treasurer and/or one of the signatures on PTA checks?

After receiving this request, we consulted our internal auditors as well as the other large districts in the state.  We would recommend not using a district employee as PTA Treasurer or a cosigner on PTA checks, if there are other options available.  I understand that there are instances where it is difficult to find individuals to fulfill this function.  A district employee may serve in this role under the following conditions:

  • The employee cannot serve this role at their assigned workplace.
  • The employee cannot be a signer on any other district funds (this would eliminate bookkeepers and principals, at minimum).
  • The employee cannot handle PTA funds at any point during their work hours at their current work site.
  • The employee must have written approval from their current supervisor.
  • The employee should have a PTA officer that is not a signer on the PTA account review the monthly financial reports prior to submitting them to the school.
  1. What is the district doing about weapons in schools?

Click Here for a PowerPoint presentation that outlines the issues and next steps.  I understand that several DCC PTA Board Members recommended the Know the Law presentation by JSO and Drug-Free Duval.  We have followed up on this, and The Parent Academy will be offering several sessions soon.

Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent
Duval County Public Schools
1701 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904.390.2115
Fax: 904.390.2586
Email: vittin@duvalschools.org

Participants Needed for the 2016 Adoption Process Secondary ELA and Social Studies Committee

committeeWe are beginning the adoption process for 9-12 ELA, and 6-12 Social Studies. The adoption committee will convene two days for ELA and two days for Social Studies the week of December 12th. Each committee will consist of 30-50 randomly selected teachers, community members, and parents. TDE will be provided for all teachers who participate. If you are interested in participating, please complete the table below and email to Mason Davis and Liz Cutrona no later than Friday, December 2nd. Selected members will be notified by Tuesday, December 6th.

Name Teacher, Parent, or Community Member School/Organization Grade Level Subject Area Email Address

If you have any questions, please contact Mason Davis at davisw2@duvalschools.org, or Liz Cutrona at cutronae1@duvakschools.org.

National PTA Family Reading Experience

Reading Together In Favorite Places

reading-familyJuliet sits down with her child, Kakii to talk about learning how to read and their favorite place to read at home.  National PTA and Kindle celebrate the Family Reading Experience – a campaign that inspires families to keep learning alive by reading great books together. National PTA empowers families with tips and activities that encourage ongoing reading, while challenging them to share photos, videos and memories that demonstrate how and why reading together is a fun and treasured family activity.

Find out more about how your PTA can bring this national program to your school http://www.PTA.org/Reading  #FamiliesRead

Writing an E-blast People Will Read

1.Keep it short:  Weekly better than monthly – use links

2.Skip the intro:  Get to the facts fast

3.Focus on headlines:  Use action grabbing headlines, place 3 most important articles first

4.Keep the best information on top: who, what, when, where, how

5.Link back to website

6.Place images to the left: especially of people

Sources of Free Images For PTA

Microsoft Word™ – Go to Microsoft Word menu: Insert/Outline Pictures/Office.com clip art/ type in Image you want/Enter

Google Image – https://images.google.com/

Flickr Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/

Pixabay https://pixabay.com/en/editors_choice/

Flickr Creative Commons agreement requires you to use: author, copyright, and back link to Flickr photo.  Used this hyperlink on “Paxon Clean Cut Day” to back link https://www.flickr.com/photos/101517127@N08/14006156830/in/photostream  Paxon Clean Cut Day © By Rick Godke<a data-flickr-embed=”true” href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/101517127@N08/14006156830/in/photostream” title=”Paxon Clean Cut Day”>
Paxon Clean Cut Day

Stepping Up: Florida’s Civil Citation Efforts 2016 Report

Contact Information: Ms. Cindy Gerhardt, President, president@floridapta.org,407-855-7604, FAX 407-240-9577, www.floridapta.orgFLPTA logo

September 14, 2016

PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy group in the nation. PTA’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality, by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.  “All children” includes those who are displaced, are in foster care or who find themselves in the Juvenile Justice system.
PTA has long advocated for policies that would protect the rights of children and youth who come into contact with the Juvenile Justice System. Beginning in 1899, PTA was one of the first associations to encourage federal and state lawmakers to create a safe and rehabilitative justice system for children by establishing separate courts and probation systems from those serving adults. Today, PTA continues to support programs that work to prevent juvenile delinquency and provide youth currently in the system with services to help them become productive members of society.
PTA also monitors, supports, and advocates for laws and programs that:
  • Promote initiatives to address racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequities in the juvenile justice system.
  • Include evidence-based family engagement strategies in juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs.
  • Incentivize community, school and family-focused interventions for status offenses, such as breaking curfew.
  • Promote alternative dispute resolution techniques that provide a range of possible sanctions.
  • Support programs that continue a child’s education while detained and allows for a smooth transition back to the classroom and their community.
  • Support research and data collection regarding youth offenses.
As has been a priority for more than one hundred years, PTA remains deeply committed to working with decision makers to advocate for safe and supportive juvenile justice systems that help every child reach his or her full potential.
It makes sound sense that we provide a better option and outcome for youth who commit misdemeanor offenses and who have the ability and desire to rehabilitate.  Arrest should not be the first answer; incarceration should be a last resort.  This data clearly shows that the use of civil citations increases public safety, saves taxpayer money, and improves youth outcomes.  The data is startling and statistics clearly show that not only is this a logical option for communities, but offers a cost savings over incarceration that can free up more revenue for education.  What district and school could not benefit from more resources to get ahead of these issues and find means of prevention, rather than be reactive to the problem with an answer that promotes recidivism among our youth? The ability to issue civil citations, evaluate a child’s living environment and offer service to the community is by far a more valuable investment in our children and will benefit our state long term. This program promotes public safety and its success will rely on participation throughout the state.
Florida PTA is proud to support this important study and we will continue to work to bring awareness to the use of civil citations instead of arresting thousands of youth across the state of Florida. We will remain committed to finding and promoting better ways to keep communities safer, families stronger and children protected.
For more information, please contact info@floridapta.org or call 407-855-7604.
Florida PTA comprises hundreds of thousands of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders devoted to improving the lives of children/youth in our state. PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in the state of Florida, as well as the nation. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children. More information is available by contacting Florida PTA (407/855-7604 or executive.director@floridapta.org).
 
For more information visit our website www.floridapta.org and/or our Facebook page for programs available in your community.