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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 Curriculum Team Meeting Round Rock ISD Curriculum Department 1 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 Curriculum Team Meeting Round Rock ISD Curriculum Department 2 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) Curriculum Team Meeting Round Rock ISD Curriculum Department 3 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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