A frequent commenter to our blog, Dorothy, pointed out that the district is making plans to move towards a more common (or standardized) curriculum for high school LA. I believe that much of this movement is so that the district can be better able to see what is working and have common teacher development. I only heard about this from the RHS principal in the briefest of terms so I cannot say exactly what will happen. (Oddly, I asked if it included, for RHS, discussion over having AP classes in LA - which RHS currently doesn't have by department choice - and he said no.)
I know that the RHS LA department is not happy about it as they have developed their own method of delivering LA. I could say many things about it but I'll just say it's not a delivery that I particularly like. However, I will say that there are fine LA teachers at RHS. However, the LA department was able to develop this without much interference from administrators at RHS but now that the district is bearing down, I don't think they'll be able to continue as they have in the past.
I would like to see teachers able to choose their own literature selections (maybe within a common theme if that's what the district wants).
The RHS PTSA will be having members of the RHS LA department talking about their department and the future direction. We have invited the district's LA person, Kathleen Vasquez, to come as well to outline the district's vision. I'm not sure at this point if she will be coming but will update this thread when I do find out.
Our meetings are open so if you would like to come the meeting is at 7 p.m. in the Library on Wednesday the 21st. FYI, we have some updates from the principal and student body president before we start talking on our general topic. After that we usually have some general business discussion. (Also, we will be having a speaker at 6p.m. before the meeting talking about communicating and connecting with your teen. You are welcome at that talk as well.)