Educational Affairs Presentations
The Educational Affairs Committee meets on the third Tuesday of every month (except July). At the Educational Affairs Committee, two board members who have been appointed co-chairs of the committee lead the meeting. The meeting ordinarily provides information on a topic of interest which is generated in collaboration with the committee co-chairs. The presentations from these meetings for the past year are posted below.
With co-chair Leah Mulhearn presiding, the Educational Affairs Committee convened in person and via video conferencing on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The agenda included an overview of committee topics this coming year and review of federal programs.
2023-2024 Educational Affairs Meeting Agenda
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tamara Thomas Smith presented an overview of the Educational Affairs agenda for the 2023-2024 school year. Receiving this schedule in advance allows the CSD Community to plan strategically to attend meetings or serve as a reminder to review a presentation of interest on our website. Please click to see this year’s schedule of meetings.
Federal program funding is the financial resources the federal government provides to support various educational programs and initiatives within the district. These funds are allocated to assist schools and districts in improving the quality of education and address the specific needs of students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Federal program funding can encompass various educational initiatives, including grants, subsidies, or other financial resources.
Specifically, Dr. Smith shared the Cheltenham School District’s Title I, II, III, and IV funding and plans. Title I funding is provided under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to support schools with a high percentage of students from low-income families. These funds are intended to improve academic achievement, reduce achievement gaps, and provide extra support to students who are at risk of falling behind. Title II funding supports professional development and teacher training programs to enhance the quality of teaching and improve student outcomes. Title III funding is designed to help English language acquisition and academic achievement for English language learners. Title IV funding can be used for various purposes, including improving school safety, providing well-rounded educational opportunities, and supporting the effective use of technology in education.