Minutes for January 5, 2010





January 5, 2010



Committee Members Present        :           S. Carleton, G. Emery, P. Moran-Wotton,

                                                                        L. Andrews, J. Sanborn     

Other Board Members Present      :           R.A. Hohfeld,

Staff Members Present                   :           J. Lucarelli, N. Guyer

Others Present                                 :           RSU 13 parent

Location                                             :           Superintendent’s Office – McLain Building


I.              Call to order:


This meeting was called to order by Chair Carleton at 6:30 PM.


II.         Review and discussion of draft K-8 Curriculum/Program Audit – N. Guyer:


Early in this school year the RSU 13 Curriculum Committee endorsed the goal of conducting a thorough audit of curriculum and programs across the district.  Work has been progressing towards this objective, and the Curriculum Committee received a first draft of the K-8 audit at this meeting.   It was explained that the purpose of this endeavor is simply to capture a ‘big picture’ view of the status quo for established curricula and programs, as they currently exist in all of our schools.  Committee members were provided with a walk-through of the audit document which profiled:


·         Comparisons of ‘allied programs’ (music, art, world language, etc.) school-to-school in terms of the frequency and duration of instruction.

·         The core content areas of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies in terms of the written curricula that guide instruction, materials being used, frequency and duration of instruction, and the assessment tools that are routinely applied.

·         The age of foundational curriculum documents being referenced as well as the age and condition of primary instructional materials.


With this information as a baseline, curriculum development teams will be in a better position to identify areas of relative congruence and disparity, and begin working towards the over-arching goal of unifying programs and services across the district.  It is intended that this effort will lead to a longer-term strategic plan that will guide curriculum and professional development initiatives, and inform curriculum related budget deliberations for the next two to three years. A first draft of this longer term plan will be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee at its March meeting.


The on-going work of the High School Study Group has encompassed a review of the program of studies from both RDHS and GVHS.  As the study group process proceeds, a determination will be made as to whether a more detailed audit of secondary curricula and programs will be needed to support emerging objectives.


III.           Profile of existing World Language Program offerings K-8 & discussion of potential coordination efforts for 2010-2011- N. Guyer:


Committee members were provided with a budget planning document from 2008-2009 as a means of profiling the specific components of the ‘west side’ world language program.  Additionally, the features of both east (K-3 & 6-8) and west side (K-7) programs were highlighted within the curriculum and program audit previously discussed at this meeting.





N. Guyer explained that initial planning meetings are on-going with current faculty and tutors.  In addition to necessary budget planning for 2010-2011, an emerging plan will seek to:


·         Unify the instructional goals and philosophy across the RSU.

·         Possibly expand on the use of Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) in 2010-2011.

·         Create a common curriculum for grades K-8.

·         Chart out a growth plan for extending west side instruction to grade 8, and east side instruction to include grades 4 & 5.


IV.       Other/Adjourn:


            The committee briefly discussed the High School Study Group’s initial release of information and the emerging recommendation for a preferred option that would include grades 8 & 9 at GVHS and grades 10-12 at RDHS.  In looking ahead to the committee meeting that will be held on February 2nd, the committee indicated a wish to continue a more detailed discussion with the participation of the two high school principals and TGS principal.  Highlighted points will include, but not be limited to the following questions:


·         What are the core elements of the ‘vision and mission’ of this contemplated arrangement?

·         How will this proposal strengthen the curriculum and program offerings for grades 8-12?

·         How will dispirit ‘tracks’ within existing programs be reconciled – and what steps are contemplated in moving towards a standards-based system?

·         This ‘preparatory and academy model’ is offered as a way of improving student achievement – what dimensions and structures are envisioned that will support improved achievement?

·         What are the ‘Many Flag’ building blocks that are envisioned within this proposal?

·         What will be the professional development priorities if this plan moves forward?

·         What curriculum and program unification efforts need to proceed regardless of this proposal?


V.        Agenda items for next meeting:


            The agenda for the next meeting will be confined to a more detailed discussion of the High School Study Group’s preferred option proposal.  The questions detailed above (IV.) will be utilized to guide this discussion. This will be the only agenda item.


VI.       Date, time, and location of the next meeting:


            The RSU 13 Curriculum Committee will meet again on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 6:30 PM.

            This meeting will be held at the Superintendent’s Office.


VII.      Other/Adjourn.


            This meeting was adjourned by Chair Carleton at approximately 8:20 PM.