The overarching goal of S.H.A.P.P.E. in all of our work is to support the families and citizens of DC in their desire to sustain and grow a strong quality publicly managed school system.  We believe it is vital that DCPS be strengthened and maintained.  We believe that coming together to discuss and decide what is important for our children to learn, how individuals and schools will be evaluated and what the resources and supports needed are, is an integral part of maintaining a democracy.  We now have 66 separate school systems in DC with 65 of them managed by non- profit boards.  The share of students attending DCPS has fallen since Mayoral Control even as the city’s population has grown. 

S.H.A.P.P.E. continues to be a group working cooperatively on: promoting an equitable standard of resource and service distribution among public schools; expanding educational opportunities; a comprehensive approach to safety and health; and modernized facilities aligned with sound educational practice.  To achieve this we facilitate partnerships between parents, principals and educators in the 17 DCPS high schools. We also work to expand the direct communication between the high school communities and the public and private agencies that affect their work with young people.

S.H.A.P.P.E. will continue to advocate for strong education policy, a fair equitable budget, and sound evaluation tools to inform policy and practice and the necessary broader civic engagement to achieve a better education for our city’s young people.


Important Announcements:

Our 21st Anniversary Meeting will be held at Cardozo on February 26th from 6pm to 8pm.

Our event with Jack Schneider on School Quality was well attended and we have gotten great feedback. Check out our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SHAPPEDC for the video. For those that don't have facebook it can be viewed here

Measuring School Quality: “It’s both about the spirit of a school and helping to restore the full purpose of education, and it’s about actionable information. For students and parents and citizens, who are interested in public education, it’s about getting better at all of the things that we want to get better at, not just in this one narrow area—the acquisition of the academic content in math and English—that often produces unintended consequences like undermining the rest of the curriculum.” Dr. Jack Schneider, author of A Better Way to Measure School Quality; Director of Research for the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment.