I'm lucky. My husband travels quite a bit for business, and now that our own children are grown, he occasionally invites me along.
So, he's on business and I'm on "pleasure." Good deal, eh?
Last March, I accompanied him on a trip to Hawaii. While there, I had plenty of free time, and managed to watch a school board meeting in Oahu.
I have also watched (or attended) school board meetings in Pittsburgh, Grosse Pointe, Rochester Hills, Berkley, and Baltimore. (No kidding.) They are all different. Different format for order of business.
Note: It's true that the BHSD offers a most restrictive policy for allowing public comment, and I hope that will change. Public input should be encouraged. In some communities, "PC" is welcome at the beginning, after discussion on each agenda item, and at the close of the meeting. Time limit of 2-5 minutes, depending on topic.)
One thing I noticed in Hawaii was that the district's cable channel had some great programming. I watched a 30-minute segment of a very talented Algebra teacher, teaching Algebra, right there on TV.
Another segment featured a Hawaiian-born teacher, teaching her native Hawaiian language. She was wearing traditional "aloha" attire, and she was very enthusiastic.
NOTE: If you need a job, HI is looking for teachers from the mainland. I met one young teacher who was living aboard an old sailboat in the harbor near our hotel. He rode a bike to work/school and got up early to go surfing. How cool is that?
I'd like to see the BHSD use our cable channel to "showcase" some of our best and most creative teachers.
I can't remember his name, but WHMS had, and maybe still has,(?) a very talented English teacher. Steve Gaynor and I visited his classroom in 2005, and I still remember his lesson. I'd watch if we did a segment on this teacher.
BHMS had (has) the best Home Ec. teacher I have ever met. I went "to bat" for her to get her some extra materials that she requested for her classroom. She was teaching things far and above what anyone would expect, and the students were loving every minute. Sorry, I can't remember her name, either, (but it may come to me at 3 a.m.)
We teach many Deaf/Hard of hearing students in our schools. How about a segment on ASL? It would be really cute to have the KIDS do it! I learned ASL the same way deaf toddlers do.."mom," "dad," "hungry," "tired," "time to play."
You can learn a lot in 30 minutes; even 15 minutes.
We also have a man (in our area who works or worked in our schools) who does an incredible job of turning himself into Abraham Lincoln. He fields questions from students in character. This kind of talent is worth sharing with our entire community.
You know, we have students who study TV production, and we have a very talented TV guy in Dave Shulkin. He seems to be a professional "mentor." I'd like to see more kids get involved in TV production, editing, etc.
I'd like to see the BHSD tape and air some student-produced segments, and I would love to spend a half hour going "back to school" to get more insight into what's going on in BHSD classrooms this year.
Any thoughts? Anything you'd like to see on BHSD Cable TV?