Japanese Immersion Update

Email update sent on Oct 14, 2014 to 3rd and 4th Grade Japanese Immersion Language Families:

Dear 3rd and 4th Grade Japanese Immersion Language Families,

This is an update on our recent steps to ensure that our 3rd and 4th Grade Japanese Immersion students get the best educational experience available.

  • Today I met briefly with Dr. Nyland, our Interim Superintendent, and shared with him our most recent efforts to solve our hiring challenges and we discussed next steps.  He is very supportive and I will continue to keep him updated.
  • On Friday afternoon I met with several leaders in the SPS Human Resources department, and we continue to collaborate to solve our hiring challenges.  Staff from Human Resources are communicating with OSPI and we are working on the logistics of contingency contracts and conditional certificates.  Jon Halfaker (Executive Director for the NW Region), Dr. Michele Aoki (International Education Administrator), and I continue to advocate for the most efficient and effective solutions to our hiring challenges.
  • The PTA Leadership Team (our co-presidents and vice president) and I have been in regular communication.  We are collaborating to get updates out to families and share ideas on how parents can help us solve these hiring challenges.  Our goal is to continue to be strategic and intentional in our communication efforts as we provide an aligned and coherent message to district leaders.  We are meeting again this week to continue this collaborative effort.
  • Yayoi Sensei continues to provide excellent instruction and continuity in following the Math in Focus curriculum.  Ms. Berg, Profe Einmo, and Yayoi Sensei are in regular communication to make sure that the math curriculum is consistently implemented in 3rd and 4th Grades across the Spanish and Japanese immersion classes.  Yayoi has been meeting with and observing other teachers, and on Friday she joined the 2nd-5th Grade math Professional Learning Community (PLC) which ensures that curriculum, learning goals, and teaching practices are aligned with the other grade levels.
  • Our interns, Tomoe and Tomoko (Yuki), have been very helpful in supporting this classroom.
  • The teaching position is still being advertised.  I continue to send emails and make phone calls to follow up on leads for this position.  SPS Human Resources is considering if or when the position could be advertised as having the possibility of leading to a contingency contract for next year.
  • District leaders, up to and including Interim Superintendent Nyland, have been very responsive and supportive.  I have been regularly emailing district leaders to keep them up to date on our hiring challenges at McDonald International.

Thank you for your collaboration in helping to address our hiring challenge.  I continue to focus my energy on solving this challenge, and I will update you again as soon as I have new information to share.


Dan

Daniel Golosman
Principal
McDonald International School
http://mcdonaldes.seattleschools.org
206.252.2900

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