Minutes

CURRICULUM & EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING December 9, 2015 5:30 p.m.

Committee Members Present Katie Vose, Chair; Jennifer Day, Jennifer Neumeyer
Board Members Present Edward Hastings, Kimberly Martin
Administrators Present James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Troy Alexander, Teresa Beaudoin,Sue Dionne, Heather Gauthier, James Holland, Kim Silsby, Theresa Violette
Others Present Caroline Eldridge, Eleanor Gay, Pat Hannigan, Jessica West
  1. Update K-8 Math Curriculum Presentation
    Jessica West, District Wide Math Mentor, gave an update on the K-8 My Math which is now in its second year of implementation.  It had a smooth transition in year 1.  Support groups for teachers were created along with continuous coaching support and professional development from McGraw-Hill.  All Atlas maps were redone and Common Core State Standards were aligned to the common core.  In year two there were extended supports for teachers as they delved deeper in My Math and additional components were added.  Grade level meetings are held regularly to work on common assessments.

    CMP3 (Connected Mathematics Project 3) for Grades 6 – 8 is in its third year of implementation.  New teacher support is continuously provided with extended support for teachers applying additional components.  All the maps for grades 6 - 8 are complete and 100% Common Core State Standards aligned.  Teachers are also working on both formative and summative assessments.   Unit readiness assessments are given to students before beginning a unit to look closer at prior knowledge and make lesson adjustments as needed.  CMP3 is language based and focuses on inquiry and students making connections.  Students have online access to the program.  Since CMP3 was instituted, there has been an increase in students’ problem solving abilities.
  2. CATC/Cony Bridge Program
    The Bridge Program is an early college program that’s intended to give students access to College level courses and earn college credits while in high school.  It’s a two year program and students can apply at the end of their 10th grade year.  The dual enrollment classes are taught by high school teachers and students can earn college credits because teachers follow a college syllabus and give college tests.  In the course of two years they can earn over 50 college credits.  They can continue on to college and within one year can earn an associate’s degree. These students are enrolled in a CATC program at the same time.  The graduation rate of students who begin college is approximately 25% and with students in a bridge program the graduation rate is 90%.  You have to have 15 to 20 students working together as a cohort.  Enrollments for CTE programs tend to increase with a Bridge Program.

    Kim Silsby, Cony Middle/High School Principal said we currently have two dual enrollment classes. One is a digital photography class and the other is UMA English.  Cony is on board with the concept of a bride program but the challenge is that in order for students to take advantage of the program, all required classes would have to be taken in their freshman and sophomore years.  When it comes to scheduling, it affects program options and Cony would need additional resources (personnel).  Cony would like to expand the possibility of dual enrollment but do it by partnering with local colleges instead of a bridge program.  Students could potentially earn an associates’ degree before leaving high school and save them thousands of dollars in tuition
    Jennifer Day made a motion to table.  No second.

    Jennifer Neumeyer made a motion that the bridge program die in committee.  Second by Katie Vose, so moved 2 – 1.  Yeas – Jennifer Neumeyer, Katie Vose  Nay - Jennifer Day
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