Listen and Learn Tour http://wemu.org en Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents and Teachers Praise Superintendent for Listen and Learn Report http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-parents-and-teachers-praise-superintendent-listen-and-learn-report <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor Superintendent </span>Jeanice<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Swift's <em>Listen and Learn</em> report did a good job of capturing community thoughts on the district according to Parents and Teachers at a meeting at </span>Forysthe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Middle School Thursday night.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Ann Arbor Public Schools look to quickly move forward with improvements Superintendent </span>Jeanice<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Swift is checking that she heard the community correctly during the Listen and Learn tour.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Swift says the community has a hunger for action steps to follow.<br /><br />Kim Carver has had students in the district previously and a son coming to Forsythe Middle School next fall.&nbsp; Carver likes the positive vibe and the lack of defensiveness.</p><p></p><p>Forsythe teacher, Dan Ezekiel is extremely impressed with the report that he believes does a good job boiling down the input of 2,000 people that participated in the fall.</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/files/listenandlearnreportv3.pdf"><strong>Download the report in .pdf format here</strong></a></li></ul><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Swift will hold Listen and Learn follow-up meetings at Ann Arbor's four other middle schools next week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For more, view the video summary of the <em>Listen and Learn</em> report</span></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="375" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" src="http://www.schooltube.com/embed/151559512d5e4dc69bad" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="500"></iframe></p><p></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:32:02 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40913 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents and Teachers Praise Superintendent for Listen and Learn Report Ann Arbor School Board Tells Superintendent to Bring Forward Proposed Program Enhancements http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-tells-superintendent-bring-forward-proposed-program-enhancements <p>The Ann Arbor School Board has asked administrators to move ahead with a series of program enhancements for the next school year in an effort to better fill the district’s buildings.</p><p>The improvements include a K-8 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics program at Northside Elementary, pre-school programs at Allen and Thurston Elementary Schools, and co-location of a variety of alternative High School programs at the Stone School building.</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the programs came from community comments raised during her Listen and Learn tour and staff did enough prep work so they can be ready this fall.</p><p>The board is expected to get more complete reports on the program enhancements at their meeting next week and could vote on them with two weeks.</p><p>School Board President Deb Mexicotte says the quick turn-around should work since the controversial issues like co-locating Roberto Clemente and Ann Arbor Tech have been worked on by the district over the last few years.&nbsp; She says most of the other changes come directly from what the community asked for repeatedly during the Listen and Learn tour.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mexicotte says the district is finding ways to respond quickly to community needs without additional funding.</p><p>The programs were part of seven next steps Superintendent Jeanice Swift made as part of her report on the listen and learn tour.&nbsp; Swift gave her initial report on the tour at the board retreat.&nbsp; The report will be available online at the district’s website Friday and Swift will hold public meetings to get feedback starting Tuesday at Clague Middle School.</p><p>At the retreat the board also worked on establishing board and superintendent goals, and discussed the superintendent evaluation.</p><p>Mexicotte says it’s great to see that the program enhancements being considered work toward achieving many of the board’s goals.&nbsp; She says this shows the board’s goals are aligned with want the community wants to see from the district.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:34:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40523 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Board Hears Initial Report From Superintendent Swift on Listen and Learn Tour http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-hears-initial-report-superintendent-swift-listen-and-learn-tour <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift has given the school board an initial report from her Listen and Learn tour. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:05:19 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40495 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Board Hears Initial Report From Superintendent Swift on Listen and Learn Tour Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Developing Report from Listen and Learn Tour http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-superintendent-developing-report-listen-and-learn-tour <p>While students are out of the classroom for the winter break, Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift is working on a report from her&nbsp; four months long Listen and Learn Tour.&nbsp;</p><p>Swift attended about 90 meetings including one in every school in the district to get feedback on the common themes and patterns that are concerning the district.&nbsp; Swift says her report should serve as a good outline of issues that the district needs to tackle.<br /><br />Swift says she expects about a half dozen issues the district will be able to tackle immediately, while many others may take years to fully address.&nbsp;</p><p>Swift says the Listen and Learn tour also served as a valuable way for her to get to know about the unique story behind each neighborhood school.</p><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden " style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 17.77777862548828px;"><div class="field-items" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">— Andrew Cluley is a reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.&nbsp;Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him&nbsp;<a href="mailto:aCluley@emich.edu" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">aCluley@emich.edu</a>.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 22px;"> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 01:43:52 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39505 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Developing Report from Listen and Learn Tour