Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/14/2021 - 5:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 5. Report with Possible Action Regarding the Climate Justice Curriculum Advisory Committee and District Sustainability Team
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 2
Student, Family and Community Engagement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
File Attachment:
Background: At its February 27, 2020 meeting, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors referred Resolution 1920R-016 by Director Peterson to the Student Achievement and School Innovation (SASI) Committee. At its March 17, 2020 meeting the Board adopted Resolution 1920R-016. As part of the Board's action, the Administration is providing its second quarterly report relative to implementing the resolution.

The Board's original action directed that a Climate Justice Curriculum Advisory Committee and a District Sustainability Team be established to carry out implementation of the resolution. The Office of Academics is leading the Climate Justice Curriculum Advisory Committee and the Office of School Administration is leading the District Sustainability Team. To ensure alignment to the resolution and consistency, there is cross-representation between them. Since the Board's action, the participants for each were identified in alignment with the resolution, and meetings were held in September, October, November, December 2020, and are scheduled for January 2021.

The Climate Justice Curriculum Advisory Committee met November 11 and December 9, 2020. The Curriculum Writing Team met on November 11 and December 16, 2020. To date, the Climate Justice Curriculum Advisory Committee has worked to create a district position statement on climate justice education, a parent letter for schools to use with additional information on climate justice education, draft mission and vision statements aligned to their work, and provided feedback to the Curriculum Writing Team.

The Curriculum Writing Team has listed related standards at each grade level that address climate change and climate justice, set a climate justice learning goal for grade bands K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 along with critical vocabulary that is age appropriate and standards aligned. The Curriculum Writing Team has started the process of curating lesson plans for each grade level, and lesson review will take place at the January meetings.

The District Sustainability Team met virtually on October 22 and November 30, 2020. The meetings centered on the compilation and detailed review of an inventory of the environmental sustainability plans currently in place within each of the represented schools and departments. Having reviewed this inventory, the team is now working on curating sample policies and drafting sustainability initiatives to be reviewed by the team and considered for inclusion in a Draft Sustainability Action Plan.

Several members of the Milwaukee area community joined the team in November - including representatives from the City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the nonprofit ReFlo, the City of Milwaukee-Department of Public Works and Compost Crusader. At the next meeting scheduled for January 27, 2021, the team will review proposed policies and continue to align and collaborate sustainability efforts with those of our community partners to best leverage our efforts to develop and implement a robust Sustainability Action Plan.
Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jeremiah Holiday - Interim Chief Academic Officer
Signed By:
Katrice Cotton, Ed.D. - Chief School Administration Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent