MULTNOMAH EDUCATION SERVICE DISTRICT
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Friday, September 4, 2009 8:30a.m.-11:30a.m.
Multnomah Education Service District V-Tel Room
Cathie Anderson, PSU Brooke O’Neill, David Douglas
Marcia Arganbright, PPS Penny Plavala, MESD
Judy Custy, MESD Kelvin Webster, MESD
Brian Goldman, MESD Cheryl Williamson, Centennial
Teresa Ketelsen, Gresham-Barlow Kate Wray, Riverdale
Yuki Monteith, Parkrose
Reformat of Meetings – Teresa Ketelsen
; Teresa started the meeting by reminding the committee that at the end
of last year they spoke about reformatting the meeting so that guest
speakers would be scheduled at the beginning of the agenda so if they
had other commitments they could have the option to leave early.
Updates – Kelvin Webster
; The Oregon School Improvement Facilitators Program assists schools in
goal setting, practices to reach goals, making action plans which include
evaluations and how to sustain efforts. The ESDs are working with
ODE in state wide recruitments for this program to move forward.
Willamette ESD is the lead agency for districts to contact with their
level of interest.
; ODE has sent out a waiver form to the districts that must be signed if
the OSIF model is not going to be use and also inform ODE of the
program that is in place in your school. These were due to ODE by
; Applications are being taken and reviewed for more facilitators to fill
positions. MESD will be bringing OSIF in as a temporary employee that
will also work with PLCs. The salary for the facilitators will be paid by
MESD. A personal service agreement must be signed by the state, ESD,
districts and facilitator before employment begins.
; OSIF funding is coming from state Title I dollars and not the districts’
Title I allocation. The facilitators will work 8.5 hours a week for 35
State Board Change on Essential Skills – Kelvin Webster
; ODE will present up-to-date information on the application of work
samples for the Essential Skills Graduation Requirements through two
web-ex seminars on Thursday, October 8, 2009. The handout gives an
overview of times and presentations. To register please email Cari
White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
; An effort is being made to look at ways to reconnect with youths that
are not attending school. The intent is to look to find what the extent
of the issue is by looking at data and a model from California. The next
meeting is scheduled for October 1, 2009.
; Kelvin also shared with the committee that there will be adjustments to
some of the service plans. Alpha and Outdoor School will see a
End of Course Assessment Update – Judy Custy
; Judy met with ten of the End of Course design members from Math and
Science. The selected and constructed responses are complete as well as
Algebra, Physical Science and Biology. Geometry is still being
; The target date to start the pilot program for selected and constructed
responses should be end of September or first of October and go
through May 2010. (handout).
; End of Course binders will be given to each high school which will
include manuals for the implementation notebooks, a CD listing all the
items, and recording forms on how to use it. Judy has also designed a
power point to help principals understand the concept of the program
and its purpose.
th; The design team strongly believes that the 8 grade math and science
teachers need to go through the unwrapping process with the new
standards for understanding of how they work.
; Judy and the design team members offered to meet with each of the
principals to inform them of the End of Course Assessment project and
how it works. Judy will work to set up mutually convenient times.
; The committee was given a draft of MESD’s Work Plan Calendar for
2009-2010 for review. The calendar shows possible projects, dates,
times and places. (handout)
School Improvement Fund 2009-2010- Teresa Ketelsen
; This handout draft shows a beginning balance $264, 295.45 as well
some carryover balances from 2008-2009. The initiatives included were
AP, AVID, PLC, Literacy Initiative and New Diploma Requirements. ; PLC workshop dollars were set aside so that the principals could
develop skills to help PLC teams with facilitation. It was suggested that
Janelle Keating from White River and Bob Akers present on the central
office role in the PLCs and how to move the program forward. ; There was interest in having a two day AVID Data Analysis workshop
to show teachers what you analyze for your students and what systems
are in place. There are tentative dates on the calendar. ; It was agreed by the committee not to do any AP Summer Institute
workshops in June next year as the past summer’s teacher participation
was extremely low. They will continue to try to partner with Vancouver
in class offerings that won’t have duplications.
Writing Assessment Refresher – Penny Plavala
; Penny gave the committee a handout for this two day workshop for
grades 6-12 teachers on October 6 & 13, 2009. These workshops will
help to review official writing scoring guides, practice scoring state
sample papers, learn strategies for writing instructions and group
Writing Calibration Training of Trainers – Penny Plavala
; This is a handout that outlines a training of the trainers two day
workshop for grades 6-10 and will be held at MESD on October 19-20,
2009. The participants will analyze and score student writing samples,
learn how to calibrate the scoring process and learn how to use the
calibrations with a team of teachers. To register for either workshop
please contact Penny at email@example.com.
; The intent of the workshop is for the participant to get the training and
then go back to their school and district to train others.
The coaching support is part of the Literacy Initiative that is in the
fourth year of the Secondary Coaching Network. There are
representatives from most of the districts in Multnomah County that
meet three times a year. This is a support group for instructional
coaches with emphasis on Literacy.
New Diploma Requirements – Teresa Ketelsen
; The BEC workshop is a credit by proficiency workshop that is
generating a lot of interest. It was discussed that the MESD host a
workshop that focus on core teachers. Judy has been in contact with the
BEC to see about a mutually convenient time and will keep the
District Test Coordinators Training – Brian Goldman
; Brian attended a workshop about what is new about test coordination
and gave the committee a handout from ODE’s website.
; This year’s focus is making sure that all alternative schools, substitute
teachers and new hires get properly trained to process the exam. They
must have read the Administration Manual as there is a certain script
they must use before administering the test.
; This year the State Writing Assessment will give the high school student
an opportunity to take the test online as well as paper and pencil. ; ODE is looking for 5,000 seventh graders to participate in a pilot on line
writing program as well as a third grade Spanish reading pilot program. ; This year teachers will go through OAKS to deliver the ELPA test.
; Kate Wray from Riverdale reported that the K-8 grade school building
has been demolished and the students are going to Smith Elementary.
All administrative offices are now at the high schools. The completion
of the new school should be next year.
; Brooke O’Neill from David Douglas shared that they were awarded
partial funding for the Oregon Mentor Grant and were able to hire two
lead mentor teachers. They are taking all middle schools through school
wide Title I process. They were also able to hire twenty new teachers. ; Cheryl Williamson from Centennial stated that they have lost 50
teaching positions this year. But on a positive note the high school
reading scores are up by 15-20%, up 10% in writing and 15% in math.
In August a team of teachers went to Philadelphia for reading
apprenticeship training and will return again in March next year.
; Marsha Arganbright from PPS said they have a new chief academic
officer from Chicago public schools, Xavier Botano. . The Gates
thFoundation is funding an effort that is the 9 grade curriculum guides.
A team will be putting a package together around the standards and
adopted materials. They will field test materials, do a lesson study model,
collaborate reviews and assessments. By year’s end they hope to have a
working program. Nike continues to support the work they are doing
with PLC programs. PPS has contracted Alan Dichter, author of
“Power of Protocols” to work with PLC teacher leaders, TOSAs,
administrators and Nike.
; Yuki Monteith from Parkrose reported that Ana Gonzalez is their new
high school principal and Molly Davies is the new principal of Reynolds
Middle School. Parkrose is continuing to work with reading
interventions and math workshops. There was a week-long transition
thfrom 8 grade to high school called the Bronco Stampede.
; Parkrose is putting new interventions in place for the middle school as
well as focusing on PLCs. They now have two standards in the district
from K-12 that has a very structured outline of expectations. ; The administrators will be observing the PLC teams as well as common
instructional strategies within the classroom. All administrators are
expected to be instructional leaders so they will be the leaders in the
Gresham-Barlow – Teresa Ketelsen
; The PLC elementary teachers will now be getting sub time so that they
can meet once a month as a team.
PSU- Cathie Anderson
; The Rex Center is under construction on campus as well as building
instructional signs are now being installed. PSU just completed a
successful International Storyline Conference where 25-30% was
European delegates. This allowed local teachers to share classroom
experiences with teachers from fifteen other countries.