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					                                     Curriculum Team Meeting
                                         October 29, 2010
                                          12:00-3:00 p.m.

Attendees: Lora Darden, Jo Peters, Jean Martin, Tracy Reiger, Anita Gordon, Jeri Bonnell, Tina
Melcher, Janet Palermo, Caron Sharp, Angela Schreiber, Kim Widtfeld, Carolina Santizo, Tricia
Rothenberg, and Amy Prescott

   I.   RRISD Academies – Guest speaker, Robin Gesch (Hooray Robin!)
           a. Major goal: transform high schools into smaller learning communities using a career
              academy structure
           b. Why and rationale: in RRISD, many students “walked away” that were Hispanic,
              African American, and Low SES prior to graduation
                    i. Drop out recovery was enacted in RRISD
                   ii. Many of these students did not have “hook” to motivate them or make them stay
                       in school
                 iii. Many students that are potential drop-outs do not belong to athletics or other
                       school groups like band, orchestra etc.
                  iv. “Relationship issues” were observed between students and teachers
                   v. RRISD traveled in Texas and other districts to examine academies (San Diego,
                       West Palm Beach, other schools in Florida like Braden High School, and Carl
                       Wunsche Sr. High School in Spring ISD)
           c. Three parts of academies
                    i. Smaller learning communities
                           1. Definition: a smaller learning community, comprising a group of
                               students within the larger high school who take classes together, taught
                               by a team of teachers from different disciplines who work as a team to
                               integrate curriculum and personalize instruction
                           2. Academy teaming – almost more like middle school teaming
                   ii. College Prep and Career Related Instruction
                           1. Definition: a college prepatory curriculum with a career them, enabling
                               students to see relationships among relationships among academic
                               subjects and their applications to a broad field of work
                           2. Infusion of state Career and College Readiness Standards (CCRS) into
                               subject areas
                 iii. Partnerships with employers, community, and higher education
           d. Best practices in academies
                    i. Defined mission, vision, and goals
                   ii. Academy structure
                           1. Impacts master schedule
                           2. Involves mobilizing teachers and identifying spaces for learning
                 iii. Professional development
                  iv. Governance and leadership
                   v. Curriculum and instruction
                  vi. Employer, higher education, and community involvement
                 vii. Cycle of improvement
           e. Problem: take comprehensive high schools and transform them into academies (most
              academies are structured more like magnets)
                    i. Where we have been
                           1. Coherent sequence
                           2. Teach prep and dual credit


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                            3. Partnerships
                            4. Enrichment activities
                            5. Career and technical involvement
                   ii. Where we are going
                            1. Core academies in the context of careers
                            2. Curriculum integration
                            3. Academic training
                            4. Smaller learning communities
                            5. Connect careers to academics making learning more relevant
                            6. Engage students in real work experiences
                            7. Academic rigor through real work problem based experiences
                            8. Motivates students to stay in school
                            9. Engage business and industry in the classroom
                            10. Ensure relationships, relevance, and rigor
                            11. Engage students in courses and experiences based on their interests
           f. Strategic Goals
                    i. Phase in of wall to wall academies
                   ii. Professional development for teachers and other personnel
                 iii. Effective communication of academies to staff and community members
           g. Scheduling Success
                    i. RRISD brought in master scheduler expert, Mike Neubig
                   ii. Small learning communities – teachers must have access to common students and
                       each other
           h. Academy transition plan
                    i. Students make choices between 8th and 9th grade
                   ii. OR 9th grade is an exploratory year in - students must pick an academy by the
                       end of the year
                 iii. STEM is most popular academy
           i. Academy Names (Expert Bill Dagget suggested RRISD increase visibility of the names)
                    i. The Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – offered
                       all high schools
                            1. Ex. Project Lead the Way
                            2. Ex. Computer science
                   ii. The Academy of International Business and Economics – offered at all high
                       schools
                 iii. The Academy of Professional Studies – offered all high schools
                  iv. Some professional courses are only offered at certain high schools because of the
                       expense
                            1. Criminal justice/law enforcement – Round Rock HS
                            2. Culinary – Cedar Ridge HS and Round Rock HS
                            3. Education – Cedar Ridge HS
                            4. Agriculture science – McNeil HS and Stony Point HS (Stony also has
                                IB)
                            5. Automotive – McNeil HS and Round Rock HS
                   v. The Academy of Health Science
                            1. Health science classes offered at every campus
                                    a. Stony Point HS
                                    b. McNeil HS
                            2. Hard to take students to a higher clinical level if at every school
                            3. Many other school districts and colleges have programs in the area



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                               4. Clinical rotations are difficult to schedule at hospitals (many competing
                                   entities)
                               5. All students have to wear khaki pants and white tops to clinical (color
                                   code emergency situations for hospitals)
                      vi. The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
                               1. Westwood HS - Westwood also has IB
                               2. Cedar Ridge HS
                     vii. Academy Benchmarks of Progress
                               1. Integrated curriculum
                                       a. Look at core subjects
                                       b. Look at CTE course
                                       c. Where are the connections?
                               2. Career Focus
                               3. Program of studies (sequence of core, CTE, speech etc.
                                       a. Modeled after TEA’s work, Achieve Texas
                                       b. Cedar Ridge has some of their work online
                                       c. Students must take three courses or more in their pathway of
                                             study
                                       d. To parents: students make a choice by the end of their 9th grade
                                             level, but a change can be made between 10th and 11th
                                       e. Students who come in may not get to the third level which is the
                                             Capstone Experience
   II.    Dual Credit in RRISD
             a. Teachers are adjunct professor at ACC – they must have 18 hours of graduate coursework
                  in the subject area and a master’s degree
             b. Students must apply to ACC and be accepted
             c. RRISD teachers come together with ACC professors to align with ACC syllabi
             d. RRISD teachers teach it, and the student earn credits
             e. Credits remain in escrow and become articulated on transcripts when students enroll in
                  ACC and complete the course
   III.   Texas Virtual School (online school)
             a. Funded through last legislative session
             b. Participating students can take two courses per semester for free
                        i. High school courses
                       ii. Dual credit courses
             c. Round Rock ISD is not a provider yet
             d. Success HS campuses and Cedar Ridge HS are pilots
             e. Students are monitored – virtual school fills in gaps
             f. Additional courses taken by students – there is a charge
   IV.    Manor Tech High School
             a. Manor High is a lottery
             b. Only accept 100 students a day
   V.     Anita and Amy (Science)
             a. Ice-breaker with the book, Zoom (SO FUN!)
             b. Making science accessible to English Language Learners
                        i. What are some things that would relate to ELLs?
                               1. Brainstorm words related to topics
                               2. Identify words and frequencies of words from the group
                               3. Identify most important words
                               4. Use WORDO as a tool to keep students engaged during key pieces of the
                                   learning (check off as word is mentioned in class)


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    VI. Multifuncion printers (Lora)
           a. Protocol – campus issues must be given to campus ITS first
           b. Campus ITS will contact Dee Carney
           c. Campus teacher should not contact Dee independently
    VII.   NG ELPS
           a. Rosa Villarreal’s Bilingual/ESL division sent everyone passwords for use of NGELPS
           b. NGELPS was the high school ELPS adoption for grades 9-12, all content areas – it is
               intended to be a differentiation resource to instructs ELLs in all core areas
           c. Lora will contact Rosa to award everyone passwords again
    VIII. Paying People
           a. What should teachers be paid for supplemental work on curriculum writing and test
               reviews?
           b. Please fill in the chart located on the wiki complete thoughts and ideas.
           c. https://dept-of-curr-prof-dev.wikispaces.com/
    IX. Reading Other Curriculum Folks’ Documents – Hands-on Analysis Activity
           a. What do you notice about templates?
           b. As a new teacher, could you follow the instructional timeline (IT) reviewed?
    X. Fenwick English Meeting (Tabled until next meeting)
    XI. Super Monday Meetings – Analysis (Tabled until next meeting)
    XII.   Budget Prices
           a. Review printing expenses for department.
           b. Try to be green when running copies and printing!

Action Items Breakdown (TO DO LIST_:
    Curriculum Supplemental Pay for Teachers – please post your thoughts on the wiki for your
       content area by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 on wiki:
            o https://dept-of-curr-prof-dev.wikispaces.com/
    Please finish feedback on another content area’s instructional timelines and turn these into Lora
       too.




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