Elizabeth Laidlaw 
Member since Sep 29, 2012

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Re: “Testing's not the key to educational success

Rather than pitting school against school and district against district, join us as we work to create Great Schools for ALL of Monroe County.

• Countywide magnet schools. This group is looking at options for schools open to students from anywhere in the county, with a student population of no more than 40 percent low-income. Magnet schools, elementary and secondary, are organized around programs or educational themes intended to appeal to a wide range of families – e.g., science, language immersion, the arts, leadership, etc. Conveners: Dan Delehanty and Erica Bryant Contact: magnet@gs4a.org

• Socio-economically integrated summer learning programs. There are many summer learning programs in Monroe County; this group is exploring ways to better integrate them and develop additional programs.
Conveners: Lois Giess Contact: summer@gs4a.org

• Urban-Suburban expansion. The Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program opened in 1965 and now places more than 500 minority city students in schools in the seven participating suburban districts. This group is looking at ways to expand the program to more districts, increase student participation, and consider ways to draw suburban students to city schools.
Conveners: Jeff Crane and Lesli Myers Contact: interdistrict@gs4a.org

• Regional planning to improve school integration. This group is reviewing regional planning efforts elsewhere to determine whether alternative methods of school taxation and cooperative efforts among school districts could be a part of integration efforts here.
Conveners: Cindy Rasmussen and Jenna Tomasello Contact: regional@gs4a.org

• Outreach and diversity. This group is developing ways to carry the GS4A message to a wider community, to engage new groups in the conversation and broaden our base of support.
Conveners: Brian Bailey Contact: outreach@gs4a.org

• Legislative Options. This work group is looking at legislative issues that impact regional collaboration.
Convener: Mark Hare Contact: leg@gs4a.org

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Posted by Elizabeth Laidlaw on 03/01/2015 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Can anyone 'turn around' a Rochester high school?

Some would argue that, in addition to RCSD's 9-12 students being beyond educability, RCSD itself is beyond repair. Read about a couple of successful strategies for urban districts at http://www.thinkingaboutmomming.com/2014/0…

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Posted by Elizabeth Laidlaw on 05/15/2014 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Segregation forever

I do believe there is a way to return our schools buildings to healthy socioeconomic diversity. The solution must be local. The first step requires the community clearly understands how we got here. Read more at http://www.thinkingaboutmomming.com/2014/0…

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Posted by Elizabeth Laidlaw on 05/01/2014 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Rochester school board says there's too much testing

Niagara Regional PTA adopts no testing resolution:
http://roundtheinkwell.files.wordpress.com…

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Posted by Elizabeth Laidlaw on 10/03/2012 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Rochester school board says there's too much testing

Kudos to RCSD's School Board Commissioners for doing the right thing.

Right now every child can choose to opt out of standardized testing. Check out how here:

http://www.thinkingaboutmomming.com/2012/0…

http://www.thinkingaboutmomming.com/2012/0…

http://www.thinkingaboutmomming.com/2012/0…

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Posted by Elizabeth Laidlaw on 09/29/2012 at 8:16 PM

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