Recent Presentations

  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation April 2020

    The Educational Affairs Committee convened in a Zoom seminar room on Tuesday, April 21 with board members, administrators and community members in attendance. The Office of Education provided an overview of special education, including information about Child Find with a six-year overview, continuum of services and supports provided for the students.  Interventions for reading, math, social and coping skills were highlighted, as well as professional development provided to special education teachers, paraprofessionals, administrative assistants, and administrators, and the partnerships with outside agencies, contract services, and parent group. District challenges including the designation of “significant disproportionally” were addressed, in addition to looking forward to strategies to implement in collaboration with stakeholders. Questions and comments followed the presentation.  The Educational Affairs Committee will meet next on Tuesday, May 19.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation February 2020

    The Educational Affairs committee convened on Tuesday, Feb. 18 with board members, administrators and community members present. The agenda included outcomes from the April 2019 homework survey and ongoing homework community meetings. The presentation included common resources about homework, definition of “effective” homework and how homework can serve as feedback for a teacher. Themes from the open-ended family survey questions included no homework in early grades, consistency in the assigning of homework, impact on the home, length of time to complete homework, instructions/ examples for parents, homework informs parents of student learning, homework is necessary, homework as optional and grading of homework. Themes from the open-ended student survey questions included no homework, homework is stressful, impact on extracurricular activities and sports, consistency of assigned homework, communication between teachers about homework, preference for more classwork than homework and length of time spent on homework. The presentation also includes draft language for a homework administrative regulation and educator concerns. The Educational Affairs committee will next meet Tuesday, March 17 at the Administration Building.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation January 2020

    The Educational Affairs committee convened on Tuesday, Jan. 21 with board members, administrators and community members present. The agenda included new high school courses. New courses to be added for student selection during the 2020-2021 school year include Government, Game Design, Cybersecurity, Student Independent Project (Gifted Department), Digital Music Lab and Intermediate Guitar. The presentation includes information about rationale and staffing, materials and cost implications for the district and families. The Educational Affairs committee will next meet Tuesday Feb. 18 at the Administration Building.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation December 2019

    The Educational Affairs Committee met on Tuesday, Dec. 17 with school director Pam Henry presiding and all school directors present. The agenda included three items: 20-21 school year calendar, challenge program and special education. More than 10 community members attended the meeting.

    CSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tamara Thomas Smith presented three options for the 2020-21 school-year start: Pre- and post-Labor Day and a flexible start based on when Labor Day falls. The administration recommended the pre-Labor Day start, and the board will vote on this recommendation at its Tuesday, Jan. 7 legislative meeting. 

    Supervisor of Gifted Education Matt Pimental presented on the district’s challenge program continuum. The district recognizes the need for objective criteria to determine who receives math and/or literacy support. Focusing on these two areas presents the challenge of ensuring students identified through the multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) process receive needed support. As a solution, entrance into the math and literacy supports will be based on the objective criteria of performance-based locally normed common data. Additionally, students will be reevaluated at the end of each report period. 

    To give CSD families the opportunity to learn more about the Challenge program and its proposed changes, Pimental will deliver his presentation at the Administration Building on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at 10 a.m.; Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at 2 p.m.; and Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at 6 p.m.

    The final presentation of the evening was the district’s special education attorney Andy Faust from Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP speaking about a new federal guidelines about disproportionality, in which schools must determine whether rates at which minority group members are identified as disabled are placed in restrictive settings once identified, or are subject to exclusionary discipline exceeds rate for all other group members. As a district with significant disproportionality, the District must set aside 15 percent of its 2019-2020 Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) subsidy, approximately $133,000, to develop a targeted regular education intervention programming that addressed the problem.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation November 2019

    The November Educational Affairs meeting convened on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and covered the district's Future Ready PA Index results. "The Pennsylvania Department of Education recognizes that students – and the schools that serve them – are more than just standardized test scores. Launched in November 2018, the Future Ready PA Index is the result of discussions with thousands of educators, parents, advocates, policymakers, and business leaders across Pennsylvania about how communities should evaluate schools." After presenting their schools' results, principals walked the attendees through the steps taking place to improve student academic achievement and growth. Various CSD teachers from varied content areas supported the presentation by providing additional information and demonstration lessons on diverse instructional initiatives.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation October 2019

    Educational Affairs met on Tuesday, Oct. 15 to present changes to AP World History and calendar committee findings. Three revisions have been enacted for AP World History Modern for this school year and beyond: Course begins in 1200 CE, rather than the Paleolithic Era; an emphasis on depth versus breadth; and six themes which focus on the cross-cutting competencies throughout the units of study (Humans and the Environment, Cultural Developments and Interactions, Governance, Economic Systems, Social Interactions and Organization) and Technology and Innovation). The Calendar Committee met three times this fall to discuss the school opening date, listen to suggestions and recommendations, and to determine how the start date impacts families and community members/stakeholders. Proposals included starting before and after Labor Day and keeping the date flexible depending on Labor Day. The Curriculum Instructional Professional Development Committee members preferred the pre-Labor Day start, but Cheltenham Educators’ Association members cautioned not all of its membership has been polled. Families provided the following pro and con feedback: Have a uniform start; children don’t like the early start because they are back in school before their friends; post-Labor Day is tradition; improvements noted in the earlier start included behavior and academics; and families are used to the change now so it might as well be kept. The recommendations have been shared with the CSD Board of School Directors for its consideration.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation September 2019

    The Educational Affairs committee met Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Administration Building and presented on the summer Voyage and Kindergarten Kickstart programs. The 2019 Voyage Summer experience “Taking Flight” presented 90 students with the opportunity to create like designers, build like engineers and fly like pilots. The program included design challenges around the theme of flight, including parachutes, kites, planes and drones. Students collaborated with their teams to design and test different solutions to the challenge of flight. Kindergarten Kickstart is designed for incoming kindergarten who may not have had a formal pre-kindergarten experience and/or who score less than proficient on the kindergarten readiness screener. CSD hosted 42 rising kindergartners this summer in the program made possible through federal funding. Alternative summer programs are being explored as CSD considers the next step in the innovative experience of education. Agenda items for the October meeting include CHS Courses, Calendar Recommendations, Challenge Program Flexible Grouping Criteria.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation June 2019

    During the Ed Affairs Committee meeting, the CSD Strategic Plan year 3 progress was presented. See attached presentation for full details.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation May 2019

    During the May 2019 Ed Affairs meeting a presentation was delivered on Additional Targeted Supports and Interventions (A-TSI). As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), CSD was identified as a district in need of "meaningful differentiation." This designation mandates CSD to create a committee of stakeholders, including student and parents, to review these needs. Please view the presentation for full details.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation April 2019

    The Ed Affairs committee met on April 23. View attached presentation for a detailed 2019 curriculum update.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation March 2019

    The Ed Affairs committee met on March 19. The Office of Innovation presented the department accomplishments for the school year to date. See attached presentation for details.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation January 2019

    The Ed Affairs Committee convened on Tuesday, Jan. 22 to present the math sequence and criteria for grade 7. Additionally, an update was presented on the Curriculum Instructional Professional Development Committee, CIPD. View that presentation here.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation December 2018

    The Educational Affairs Committee met on Tuesday, December 18 to discuss the 2019-2020 academic calendar, changes to high school biology course credit and a change in the AP United States Government and Politics course from a minor to a major course. 

    December 2018 Ed Affairs Calendar
    AP US Government and Politics Presentation
    CHS Biology Course Presentation
    2019-2020 Academic Calendar

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation November 2018

    This data presentation includes curriculum audit results, standardized test performance for the past 4 years, Future Ready PA results for the district, professional learning data, holistic experiences update, and a communications and engagement update.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation October 2018

    A review of the Cheltenham School District Comprehensive Plan draft document, steps completed thus far and the remaining steps to finalize the plan for submission to PDE by November 28.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation September 2018

    During the September Ed Affairs meeting, an update was provided on the Comprehensive Plan along with a review of 2 summer academic programs, Voyage Program, and Kindergarten Kickstart.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation June 2018

    Cheltenham School District Strategic Plan year 2 in review.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation May 2018

    The presentation reviews CSD's plan to transition from Response to Intervention (RTI) to Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS), a description of the system and implementation plan.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation April 2018 (A)

    The attached presentation explains PA Department of Education chapter 339 and shares the District's plan for developing and implementing a comprehensive program of K-12 guidance services aligned to the Career Education and Work (CEW) standards and integrating those standards into the curriculum.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation April 2018 (B)

    This presentation includes current student data surrounding undercredited students and the district's plan to support these students through better communication and use of the Montgomery County Virtual Program (MVP) with onsite support at CHS during summer school in order to facilitate credit recovery.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation March 2018 (A)

    The school district's special education plan is an action plan that describes the local Board of School Director's commitment to ensure that a quality education will be provided to each of its students with a disability eligible for special education, over the upcoming three years.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation March 2018 (B)

    Overview of CSD GPA and class rank calculations.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation March 2018 (C)

    Proposal to create a two-hour early dismissal day each month.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation February 2018 (A)

    District mindfulness and positive psychology teacher leader update.

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  • Ed Affairs Committee Presentation February 2018 (B)

    Cedarbrook Middle School World Languages course selection update for 2018-2019.

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