CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION STEERING COMMITTEE A Committee of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association CISC Meeting Thursday, May 20, 2010 Courtyard Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo 1782 Tribute Road • Sacramento Room: Golden State Meeting – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Continental Breakfast served at 8:00-9:00 a.m. Location: Golden State Room Lunch – 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Hotel Restaurant Meeting Notes "A Blueprint for Success…An In Depth Look at Successful Turnaround Efforts and a Look into the Future of the Common Core Standards" Present: Linda Aceves, Santa Clara Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano Tom Adams, CDE Judy Flores, Shasta Susan Salcido, Santa Barbara Ronda Adams, Yolo Nancy Giberson, San Diego Raynette Sanchez, Los Angeles Stacy Adler, Mono Dorothy Griffin, Sutter Francisca Sanchez, San Francisco Veronica Aguila, CDE Hilma Griffin-Watson, Riverside Kirsten Sarginger, Santa Clara Pat Alexander, Kern Robin Hall, Alameda Brad Schultz, San Luis Obispo Charles Allen, Tehama Wendy Harris, Sacramento Christopher Scott, Sacramento Sarah Anderberg, CCSESA Cindy Heaton, Merced Deb Sigman, CDE Christine Anderson, Sacramento Jeanne Herrick, Monterey Brian Simmons, San Francisco Evy Arcuri, Yuba Beth Higbee, San Bernardino Steve Sinclair, Santa Clara Celeste Azevedo, Mariposa Paul Joens-Poulton, Mendocino Gaye Smoot, CCSESA Jennifer Baker Pamela Jones, Inyo Guadalupe Solis, Tulare Carmen Barnhart, Kings Sarah Kania, Tehama Sue Stickel, Sacramento Socorro Barron, San Bernardino Cricket idwell, Trinity Michelle Symes, Merced Deborah Beldock, San Diego Della Larimore, Los Angeles Liz Talbot, San Benito Diana Blackledge, Riverside Lo Lyness, Inyo Sharon Twitty, Merced David Brashear, SanDiego Susan Magnone, Contra Costa Charles Vidal, San Joaquin Bob Carlson, Sacramento Lorna Manuel, Tehama Susan Villa, San Benito Elena Castro, Imperial Martha Martinez, Santa Clara Gary Waddell, San Mateo Kathryn Catania, Fresno Tiffany Miller, CDE Adam Wade, Santa Cruz Pansy Ceballos, Tulare Henry Mothner, Los Angeles Laura Wagner, CDE Brenda Chapman, Tuolumne Edith Mourtos, Santa Clara Gerald Williams, Placer Valerie Chrisman, Ventura Barbara Murchison, CDE Darby Williams, Sacramento Melissa Christie, Santa Clara Lori Musso, San Mateo Joyce Wright, Sacramento Cathy Cranson, Monterey Don Olson, Del Norte Dianna Young, Madera Art Davis, Madera Rose Owens-West, WestEd Dotti Ysais, Los Angeles Gary Dei Rossi, San Joaquin Rob Phillips, Solano Antonia Zupancich, Imperial Shirley Diaz, Glenn Stella Pizelo, Mariposa Abe Doctolero, Contra Costa Renee Regacho-Anaclerio, Placer Cynthia Dolph, Madera Sue Rich, Stanislaus Kat Doyle, El Dorado Donna Rix, Kings Pat Duckhorn, Sacramento Theresa Rouse, Santa Cruz Diane Elia, Santa Cruz Jan Sabo, Napa Welcome Sharon Twitty, CISC Chair Deb Sigman, CDE Chair Sharon Twitty opened meeting at 9:30. Welcome was given to 100 participants and the planning committee of Judy Flores, Sue Stickel, Veronica Aguila-CDE, Tiffany Miller-CDE and Laura Wagner –CDE, were acknowledged for all of their hard work in planning for this day. School Improvement from a District Level Brad Stam, Oakland USD, Chief Academic Officer The Oakland Unified School District is the most improved large urban district in California over the past five years with a 92-point API gain. Achievement, equity and accountability are the core values underlying their work. Common vision and an aligned system requires effective practice defined at each level; effective learner, effective instruction, effective leadership, effective schools, and an effective district office. Oakland invested over 1 million dollars to improve the service of central office to their schools. This includes creating results-based cycles of inquiry, common assessments, and database analysis. Conditions that have promoted success are: leaders, community, staff and focus on aligning the system. Presentation is posted on the CISC website. School Improvement from the Site Level Matthew Tessier, Principal, Harborside Elem Mr. Tessier has successfully turned around Loma Verde, a PI 2 school and Harborside, a PI 5 school. His vision includes collaboration and the use of data. His goal is to collaboratively identify a focus and to facilitate the process based upon what the data reflects. Empowerment is the key word for the instructional leadership team. Professional development is based on "what is best for students based on data, what financial strengths/weaknesses exist and the creation of a long term plan. Presentation is posted on the CISC website. 10:25 Break School Improvement from a Charter Perspective Herinder Pegany, PS 7 Charter School, PS 7 is located in a high need area. The vision of PS 7 was to create one of the finest urban public K-8 schools in America. Developing a new culture included creating high expectations, choice & commitment, more time, and a focus on results. Recommendations include: set big goals, lead people to commit, plan purposefully, work relentlessly and monitor and adjust. Presentation is posted on the CISC website. CDE Update Deb Sigman, CDE School Improvement Grant and Race to the Top: District led effort, CDE is trying to find its place in the effort so as not to obstruct districts efforts. The RTTT MOU went out Monday evening to the 6 districts participating; Fresno, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, Clovis and Sanger. It was made clear that there is no “opting out” after signing the MOU. Question was asked, if districts were to participate but was not able to complete, would they be dropped with no sanctions? Deb Sigman will find the answer to this, and will also develop a FAQ sheet for the group. Grant is due June 1 to United States Department of Education, USDE, which is a very short and tough timeline to meet. Currently there is no legislative way to release the money so it can flow to appropriate LEAs. School Improvement Grant Waiting to receive word from USDE to learn if California’s application has been approved. LEA application has a June 1 deadline so the CDE has asked for flexibility around implementation timeline and spending authority. Clarification has been provided regarding removing the principal as a turn around strategy. USDE states that removal within 2 years begins in fall of 2007. This clarification may create a problem for some LEAS who acted in advance of this clarification. Grant letters are scheduled to go next week (SIG grant). 12:00-1:00 Lunch Common Core Standards: A First Look Tom Adams, CDE "What's New: What Stays the Same" Veronica Aguila, CDE Barbara Murchison, CDE A brief presentation was given by Tom Adams as an overview to the draft common core standards. The intent of the common core standards is move our nation forward to ensure the K-12 experience is a rich and well rounded one that prepares students to be college and career ready. The Common Core represents a collaborative effort between states, the Council for Chief State School Official, the USDE and the National Governor’s Association. Final draft is due on June 2, 2010. If common core standards are approved it will be an easy transition for California. If they are rejected, then California already has high standards that benefit our students. Commission Composition: Senate has made its 5 appointees, assembly will make 5 appointees, and Governor will be making his 11 appointees in next 2 weeks. State law requires that the membership be a majority of classroom teachers. Timeline: The academic standards commission has to make recommendations by July 15, and the State Board of Education then must act on those recommendations by August 2, 2010. The board is limited to either accepting or rejecting the Common Core Standards. California would be allowed to supplement up to 15%. The remainder of the session time was dedicated to discussion and review of the Common Core Standards. Table Talks Whip Around – Share Out of Table Talk Reading Language Arts Adoption Toolkit: Christine Anderson, Sacramento English Learner Resource Guide Raynette Sanchez, Los Angeles The English Learner Resource Guide is a companion piece to the Reading Language Arts Adoption Toolkit. The document is designed to assist districts in making the most informed selection of instructional materials for all students. The English Learner Resource Guide does an excellent job of focuses on needs of English learners and what districts need to consider. The Reading/Language Arts Adoption Toolkit is available to those that have previously attended a workshop on the Toolkit. The workshop is available to all districts; go to http://rlatoolkit.sdcoe.net for more information. Closure/Evaluation Sharon Twitty, CISC Chair Adjourn 3:06 pm Special CISC Committee Member meeting called at 3:30 to approve the budget. Don Holder, CISC treasurer, presented the proposed budget for 2010-11. He comments that while we have a viable budget, it will be a very lean budget. The CISC budget is due to CCSESA on Monday, May 24. The approval by general membership will allow us to submit this as a recommendation to CCSESA. Once CCSESA approves or disapproves then we will bring back the final budget to the membership. Dues will stay static for 2010-11 as requested by CCSESA. We consider raising dues in 2011-12 to put us more in line with what other subcommittees in CCSESA are paying. Our conference income will increase from 308,000 to 317,000 next year by raising Asilomar registration fee by $25.00. Publication sales expecting to generate 15,000 annually. After expenditures, we'll end up with $130,000 in the positive next year. We're holding tight to our core mission statement and our activities that align to it. Gary Dei Rossi motioned to approve the 2010-11 budget, Susan Rich seconded it, and all were in favor.