The Education Landscape
June 4, 2015 Meeting Notes
Ian: Introduced context and purpose of meeting. Harry: Presented strategy for proceeding.
- Harry: Common Core is not a curriculum it is a set of standards that represent what a student should know to be successful.
- English/Language Arts for example is no longer providence of English teacher alone. The focus of Common Core is on performance standards of the student not specific techniques of teaching of X amount of time teaching a subject.
- Students learn and achieve in different ways.
- Missy Wilkins: Discussed proficiency based graduation requirements and personal learning plans.
- Steve Tullar: Distributed documents.
II. Common Core:
Member of Public Comments and Questions:
- How do we balance goals and standards?
- Students cannot graduate with D’s @ BFUHS
- Some kids don’t have academic goals as part of their “culture”
- How does legislation/governance play into CC/PLP’s?
- Tenor is essential to education as is upbringing.
- How do we get to the root of our goals as a community?
- Common core is not a curriculum issue. What we need to do is invest in schools and promote economic justice.
- Core competencies rest on development. As a young person one needs hard-wired skills in order to achieve competency.
- Are there examples of schools that have failed with PLP’s.
- Are we trying too hard? Testing too much?
- Are we failing to see how previous standards and strategies have succeeded and failed because we have tried so many things?
- The needs of students exceed the capacity of teachers and students.
- The number of children with Learning Disabilities and Individual Education Plans is steadily increasing.
- Schools are being asked to handle external realities and aspects of (students’) lives that they have not in the past.
- Personal/Social competency is a crucial aspect of a child’s education.
- The board collectively responded to comments.
- No one school can serve all kids. Looking at multiple models is important. Flexible pathways and individualized learning is important but needs to be demonstrated.
III. Generating Ideas
- Do we want our teachers and social workers using paperwork to make determinations?
- A social worker responded by expressing the opinion that ILP’s are a useful tool.
- ILP’s deliver flexibility as to how to educate children.
- Teachers should have the freedom and flexibility to do what they feel is best in serving students.
- A “plug” for outdoor education was given.
Harry: Discussed inequalities present in the scope of the educational system and showed that H.361 is an attempt to rectify said inequality. Mr. Frank discussed strategies of the bill and elements of approach.
Members of the public:
- What is the thinking, that local school boards are the source of a problem
- Curriculum coordination?