CURRICULUM AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING
March 13, 2019
Committee Members Present: Chair: Pia Holmes; Jason Bersani, Staci Fortunato
Board Members Present: Jennifer Dumond, Edward Hastings, Kevin Lamoreau, Michael Michaud
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Kathy Casparius, Troy Alexander, Teresa Beaudoin, Heather Gauthier, Sarah Landry, Kim Silsby, Theresa Violette
1. Technology Committee - Update
Donna Madore reported that the Technology Committee has been meeting every 6 weeks. The committee discussed how to use the MLTI grant and Ms. Madore submitted the grant to the DOE based on what the committee decided. She said they have not heard back from the DOE regarding the grant or the technology plan that was submitted in June.
2. Cony High School Graduation Requirements
Policy IKF: High School Graduation Requirements
High School Diploma Law
Diploma Options and Requirements
Ms. Madore said the Proficiency Based Diploma Law has changed so it requires changes to our policy IKF: High School Graduation Requirements. Ms. Madore felt the Curriculum and Education Committee needs to look at we have for graduation requirements. The current policy talks about proficiency in the eight content areas and proficiency has changed with the new regulations (PL2017). School districts now have a choice whether to go with proficiency based or credit based. Kim Silsby said they created a hybrid system so there is elemental proficiency based learning imbedded in the credit based system. It works well and there has been positive feedback. She said they create a contract with students as they enter 9th grade. A program of studies is prepared showing the expectations of their graduation class. The program of studies references the policy. Students are expected to earn 24 credits by the time they reach graduation with 32 opportunities to select classes. 20% of a student’s grade is habits of work and 80% is on content standards for grades 7 to 12. Prior to the proficiency based law, Cony had no requirements for world languages. With the proficiency regulations two experiences were added. Ms. Silsby said they are finding out that one is ideal for the 2021 graduating class going forward and would like the approval of the committee to change it in the policy.
Motion by Jason Bersani to support the change in Part II, Section D in World Languages in policy IKF and forward the policy to the Policy Committee for the changes in language, second by Pia Holmes, so moved 3-0.
3. Technology position – discussion
Board member Holmes continued to advocate for the inclusion of a technology position.
Meeting adjourned at 6:33 p.m.