Friday, November 15, 2013

Final Touches to Curriculum Work

Notes from High School Curriculum Council (HSCC) from November 15, 2013

A small team will convene on December 9th to review and publish curriculum work.  This team was selected by Dr. Westfall and includes:  HSCC Chair/Rep, Department Chairs from each HS, Dr. Westfall and optional Administrator Liaison (Liz Fletcher).

Work to be Published in Build Your Own Curriculum (BYOC) on December 9th:
  • Scope & Sequence/Map
  • First CSA for 3rd Quarter Implementation 
    • only 1 CSA due by this date
Scope & Sequence/Map Look Fors Will Be:
  • Order of Unit/Themes
  • Timelines/Windows for Unit/Theme Completion
  • Prioritized Standards/Domains
    • CSA/Priority concepts bolded, highlighted
Common Summative Assessment Look Fors Will Be:
  • Alignment of each CSA to the Priority Standards/Domains
    • notation on the Scope & Sequence/Map
  • Testing Window/Timeframe of each CSA noted on the Scope & Sequence/Map
  • Questions clearly scaffolded to Taxonomies (Depth of Knowledge)
    • At this point there has been no decision regarding how data will be reported out.  This will be determined as the HSCC team continues to work with directors.
Items to Consider:
  •  Add a row on your Scope & Sequence/Map to include:
    • CSA title, 
    • Priority Standard Alignment, 
    • DOK Levels Assessed on the CSA
    • Testing Window/Timeframe
How your teams can help:
  •  Leads will communicate with each content team member regarding work to accomplish
    • German:  Cindy Biermann
    • Chinese:  Shianguu Hsieh
    • Latin:  Patricia Kurtz
    • Spanish:  Susan Lynn
    • French:  Jessica Lumetta
  • All team members vested in curriculum work are welcome to dive into the work by accessing their Tab (at top of page) to view work and provide feedback to Team Leads
Thank you for the amazing work you have completed thus far.  Please let us know if there is any way we can assist in the completion of this work over the next few weeks.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

ACTFL's Three Domains

There are great conversations happening regarding Priority Skill Sets and CSAs.  As we know the ACTFL Standards (The 5 C's) are very broad and not entirely helpful in drilling down to priority skill sets for our CSAs.  That being said, I thought the image below might help teams choose priority skill sets in relation to ACTFL's 3 Domains:  Functions, Content & Context, Text Type.  (These are also linked on the blog, upper right)

In looking at CSAs for French, German & Spanish it appears these teams are focusing on verb conjugations which supports the third domain "text type".  See image below and feel free to steal wording below the image IF it aligns with your teams CSA.

CSA Priority Alignment:  Priority Skill Set aligns with ACTFL’s 3rd domain “text type” specifically relating to.... (conjugation for communication and performance in current and future levels)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Highlights from October 25th PD

Here is a brief overview of the amazing work produced today during our PD sessions!

Continue Working Towards:
  • Completing Level I Map with Prioritized Standards 
    • (Estimated Date for Completion: November)
  • Creating 2-3 Common Summative Assessments for Semester 2 
    • (Estimated Date for Administering Assessment #1:  no later than March)

October 25th: Videos



Monday, October 21, 2013

LPS Curriculum v Other Districts

The HSCC (High School Curriculum Council) representatives researched curriculum from top schools in Missouri.

To the right you will see links for the districts I researched.

That being said, in no way do we have to develop our curriculum based on other districts.  These links simply provide talking points or offer ideas for content teams when working on curriculum.

Please know that our curricular vision and goals will be made clear on our PD day October 25th.  However, if you would like questions answered before this time feel free to contact Pam Tholen or myself.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 25th Professional Development

International Languages

International Language Attendees:
  • Liberty High School
  • Liberty North High School
  • Discovery Middle School
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Liberty Middle School
  • South Valley Middle School
Morning Location: Liberty North High School from 8:00-11:30

Afternoon Location:  Liberty High School from 12:30-3:00 International Language Department
  • French = 401, 
  • German = Rm 402, 
  • Chinese & Latin = Rm 403, 
  • Spanish = Rm 404 
Materials Needed:
  • Laptops
  • Any previous curriculum work from your content
  • Assessment samples from your content

Friday, September 20, 2013

Curriculum Council Vision & Goals

High School Curriculum Council Leaders:
Dr. Jeanette Westfall
Dr. Marlie Williams
Christopher Hand

High School International Languages Representative
Charity Stephens

Middle Level Representative:
Pam Tholen