CURRICULUM AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING
December 12, 2018
Committee Members Present: Chair: Pia Holmes; Jason Bersani
Committee Member Absent: Tom Connors
Board Members Present: Edward Hastings
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Heather Gauthier, Kim Silsby, Theresa Violette
Others Present: Kevin Lamoreau
1. Review of German Educational Study Tour
Donna Madore, Assistant Superintendent gave an overview of her German Educational Study Tour. Kim Silsby, Principal of Cony, had the opportunity to do the study tour last year. The Goethe Institut, which is affiliated with the German government, has classified Cony High School as a Pasch school. For the past two years, they have offered an administrator from the Augusta School Department the opportunity for an all-expense paid educational study tour to Germany. A group from the US met in New York for a group orientation and then traveled to Berlin and Hamburg. There are 33,547 public schools in Germany and they have private schools as well; home schooling is not allowed. There are no state assessments except for the Abitur which is a high stakes assessment for college entry. College education is free. Every student must learn their native language plus two other languages. English is mandatory. Instead of school boards, Germany has a ministry. The ministry oversees schools. Germany also experiences teacher shortages. It is a three year process to obtain a professional teacher license post college. Schools in Germany don’t have art, music and physical education in public schools. If students have an interest in the arts or sports, they have to attend a private school that offers it. Several vocations schools were visited. There were opportunities to talk with government officials to collaborate with colleagues.
2. Access to Curriculum
Ideas were discussed regarding the school department’s web page pertaining to curriculum. Changes have already been made but more work needs to be completed to make them more uniform and easier to access.
Meeting adjourned at 6:29 p.m.