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The Scarsdale Forum Invites You to a Conversation about Schools

shs2The Scarsdale Forum's Education Committee invites you to a conversation about Scarsdale schools at an event to be held Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 7:30 pm in Rutherford Hall of the Scarsdale Village Hall, 1001 Post Road. This back-to-school event will include a live poll providing current Scarsdale students, Scarsdale alumni, parents, empty nesters and the community at large the opportunity to answer a variety of questions about Scarsdale schools. Responses will be shown in real time on a screen visible to both audience members and home viewers. Those who plan to attend the event should bring an electronic device (such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop) to participate in the polling. There will also be a public comment portion of the evening so that audience members can discuss the live poll's questions and answers. The qualitative and quantitative information collected during the live polling will be used in reports and articles that the Education Committee plans to issue during 2017-2018. The reports and articles will be made publicly available.

The Scarsdale Forum is actively gathering data that can be used to inform residents, as well as school and Village decision-makers about relevant topics in our community. During May-June 2017, the Forum's Education Committee conducted a village-wide online survey soliciting Scarsdale residents' opinions on topics the Education Committee should research and report upon during 2017-2018. Respondents from all five neighborhoods ranked 12 topics in order of priority: "Need for a Long-Term Financial Plan" and "Program Evaluation Process and Metrics" ranked first and second, respectively. Tied for third place were "Financial Literacy" and "Community Design Initiative: Involving All Stakeholder in Designing Education Goals."

Additionally, the online survey revealed five issues respondents wanted addressed: better communication with the school district, a clear framework to compare Scarsdale schools with other school districts, facilities renovation, more math and science in the elementary schools, and more foreign language instruction.

According to Education Committee Co-Chair Mayra Kirkendall-Rodríguez: "Now that we have these school topics ranked, we would like to deepen our engagement with the Scarsdale community to really understand what educational priorities exist. Also, we need to probe how residents feel about how much we want to spend to continue including innovative programs in our schools."

The September 7 event will provide the Education Committee the opportunity to explore the Scarsdale community's educational values and priorities in more depth. Co-Chair Carlos Ramírez said: "We encourage residents of Scarsdale and the Mamaroneck Strip to attend the event and have their voices heard. As a community, we are empowered to participate in important discussions about our schools and to insure stakeholder involvement happens."

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+7 #6 MayraKirkendallRodriguez 2017-08-24 15:39
Quoting Jane Schroeder:
Will this event be on Scarsdale TV?


Scarsdale Schools: 2017 and Beyond will be live on Scarsdale Public TV and streamed live on that website on September 7th at 7:30pm. You will also be able to do the Live Poll remotely. However, Village Hall is not equipped to take questions or comments remotely for the public comment part of the evening. We hope that you can join us at Village Hall.
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+6 #5 Jane Schroeder 2017-08-24 10:38
Will this event be on Scarsdale TV?
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+10 #4 MayraKirkendallRodriguez 2017-08-19 09:57
Quoting Greenacres Resident:
Will you discuss the Greenacres issues and the bond?


Joanne,

Thanks for posting the Forum's press release. We appreciate it. The evening will be divided into two portions. In the first part, we will alternate between discussing the themes that came out during the Education Committee's May-June school topics survey and asking audience members questions in a live poll. You can answer the poll at Rutherford Hall or from home, since the event will be live streamed. (The survey is on the Scarsdale Forum's website in the reports section.) The second part of the evening will involve asking audience members questions about Scarsdale schools and encouraging them to answer at the microphone. Themes for both parts will include the upcoming bond issue, busing, facilities, foreign languages, Greenacres renovation, how we should compare Scarsdale schools to peers, STEM, STEAM, sustainability, teachers, and tutoring outside of the class. We encourage all parents, empty nesters, students, Scarsdale schools alumni, educators, the administration, members of the Board of Education, and Village personnel and officials to attend. Also, we want to hear from you if you attended primary and secondary schools outside of Scarsdale, in another state or country. If you would like to reach Carlos and me before the event, you are welcome to write us at ScarsdaleMayra@ Yahoo.com.
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-13 #3 Greenacres Resident 2017-08-18 17:04
Will you discuss the Greenacres issues and the bond?
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+11 #2 CarlosRamirez 2017-08-18 10:08
Quoting D. Smith:
This sounds like a good community event especially in these times in the US. Will audience members get to ask questions? Who will be in the audience?


Audience members absolutely will get to ask and answer questions. In the first part of the evening, there will be polling questions that you get to answer anonymously. Everyone's answers will appear on the screen without attribution. You can also participate from home, since the event will be live streamed. It would be great if you could come to Village Hall so that you can interact with the rest of the community and the members of the Forum's Education Committee. The second part of the evening will involve audience members at Village Hall answering questions at the microphone and also asking questions. All Scarsdale residents, school principals, Teachers-in-Cha rge, members of the Scarsdale Administration, Village personnel and trustees, and the Board of Education have been invited. The Forum's Education Committee looks forward to seeing you September 7th at 7:30pm at Rutherford Hall. Thanks.
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+10 #1 D. Smith 2017-08-17 20:38
This sounds like a good community event especially in these times in the US. Will audience members get to ask questions? Who will be in the audience?
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