Superintendent's Advisory Committees
WEF and the Wellesley Public Schools invited qualified and passionate candidates with varied backgrounds and experiences, including private industry, academia and non-profit or civic organizations, to serve on these committees. These “Superintendent’s Advisory Committees” met 5 times during the 2014-15 school year and will meet 4-5 times in 2015-16.
The advisory committees work closely with Wellesley Superintendent David Lussier, administrators and educators on the following areas – each SAC is briefly described below.
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) programs
- K-12 world language programs
- The WPS technology plan
- A “Progress Report” for assessing the schools’ annual progress in meeting the goals of the strategic plan
Each committee consists of educators from the Wellesley Public Schools and a diverse group of thought leaders from the extended community. At least one representative from WEF’s Advancement Committee sits on each committee and serves as liaison between WEF and the Wellesley Public Schools.
Dr. Lussier has established a framework of four directives for each advisory committee:
- Serve in a high-level advisory capacity to the WPS Superintendent and administration related to key areas of program development
- Establish access to targeted community intellectual/financial resources related to the content focus of the group
- Provide a forum for the vetting/assessing of vision, programs, and plans
- Establish and maintain an ongoing partnership structure(s)
Brief Descriptions of Superintendent’s Advisory Committees
STEAM: As Wellesley Public Schools reworks several aspects of its STEAM-related curriculum, more work is needed to expand programming and engage students in opportunities both inside and outside the schools. WPS is especially looking for outside partnerships that will enhance STEAM programming, both for those students who have a keen interest in STEAM-related subject matter and for the student population at large. For this SAC, we sought: creative, forward-thinking individuals who are on the forefront of advances in related industries and research. Thought leaders from academia, private industry and non-profit and government agencies were invited to apply.
K-12 World Language: One of the long-term goals of the Wellesley Public Schools is for every child to be fluent in at least two languages by high school graduation. The K-12 World Language SAC will provide guidance to the superintendent regarding how to create a lively, vibrant world language program at the elementary level. One of the biggest challenges for WPS will be integrating a world language program into the current crowded schedule. We sought a variety of committee members, including people who are knowledgeable about the impact of early childhood acquisition of a foreign language; those who have experience with scheduling logistics and program management; and those who can bring to the schools further diversity and cultural proficiency.
WPS Technology Plan: Critical to Wellesley Public Schools' goal of aligning resources with educational needs is a robust technology plan that supports educators and students as well as parents. The Technology Plan SAC will advise the superintendent on how to refresh the schools' technology infrastructure plan to take advantage of emerging hardware/software and communications options that will be most effective inside the classroom and school buildings, and between the schools and the community. We sought committee members who are knowledgeable about the future direction of technology in an educational setting, and the design and implementation of a strategic technical architecture.
WPS Progress Report: As a community, how will we know if Wellesley Public Schools is making progress against its strategic plan? The District Progress Report SAC will assist the superintendent in determining metrics for assessing progress at regular intervals, and how to measure it. This will involve defining what success looks like for Wellesley, as well as researching metrics in use by other districts. We sought committee members with industry, consulting and non-profit backgrounds who are knowledgeable about designing and developing a measurement framework for assessing the progress of strategy implementation.
To see who is currently serving on each one of the SACs, visit the Wellesley Public Schools' Superintendent Advisory Committees webpage which provides brief bios of the SAC members. If you have any questions, please contact the WEF co-presidents.