Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Live reporting: School Committee - Apr 26, 2016

Present: Bilello, Scofield, Bergen, Douglas, O'Malley, Schultz, Jewel
Absent: none

- slightly out of the published agenda order
2. Guests/Presentations
a. FHS Hockey Team - Division 1 State Champions

presentation of plaques by the 2 captains, 2 others are playing spring sports and couldn't be here. Coach Spillane and several of the assistant coaches were also participating

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments

Review of Agenda (changed order as noted)

Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the April 12, 2016 School Committee Meeting.
motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

Payment of Bills Dr. O’Malley
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Empty Bowls Dinner Apr 27
Prom this Friday night

Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
b. Science Update
Asst Superintendent Joyce Edwards
introduces a number of teachers from the high school, the middle and elementary schools
a representative sample of the approx 3 dozen who participated over the past couple of years.

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

revision of curriculum to align with the new State frameworks
"no longer in a conceptual world only"
Franklin is ahead of the other communities in this effort, will share when the work is completed in June

curriculum maps are created and will need to be updated or tweaked as things go forward

the implementation plan is expected to take 3-4 years to complete as the changes are that significant

"it is always about time and money"

(screen grabs being posted to Instagram will be gathered here later)

in middle school students created their own experiments

learning and sharing the standards among the teachers focus for next year
6th grade will start in 2017-2018, followed by 7th and 8th grade the following year

integrating new frameworks into classes this year, starting process of shifting to the new curriculum, what is taught in 6th grade will then set the stage for the 7th and 8th grade lessons when they come along (hence the delayed approach)

"increase rigor and standards"

need to create communication plan for parents and families, here tonight to start with the general awareness

this will align the curriculum to be prepared for the new MCAS 2.0 testing when it comes around

time and money biggest challenge, 'unpacking' the standards takes time, it is a complex process

pedagogical changes are equally significant

O'Malley - your leadership (Edwards) is right in this space, our teachers are working to align the curriculum not for some generic students but for OUR students.

Bilello - your work is tremendous, the work at the K-6 level is so fantastic, how do we get the resources to do this right?

Bergen - science is not taught the way it was, no longer just from the book. The science night at the high school was recorded by Franklin TV and is available for replay

Edwards - project based learning professional development coming later this year, 26 teachers signed up for 3 days of after school work

Jewell - everything you do can have a science output, parents consider how to challenge your children, medical school is how do you figure it out

O'Malley - you need to challenge us to provide the resources to help you deliver this curriculum

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