Included in the recommendations was a staffing increase to include 1 full time Advanced Learning Specialist at each elementary and middle school (increase from current 0.5 level). This increase would support building a talent development program focused on helping student from groups currently underrepresented in advanced learning develop advanced academic skills and confidence. This would complement and continue the work to build a comprehensive advanced learning instructional system for students needing challenge beyond grade level expectations.
How the district administration responds to these recommendations will set the course for advanced learning. I expect that a solid investment in AL as an equity strategy and as a priority to keep ALL students challenged in their learning can positively change the trajectory of academic achievement for many students.