Karen Kodama is the project manager for the project to align our K-12 math curriculum.
Here is my email and her response:
RE: math adoption and the strategic plan
From: Kodama, Karen
Sent: Tue 1/06/09 8:59 AM
To: Charlie Mas; Medsker, Ruth
Cc: delaFuente, AnnaMaria
Thank you for your e-mail. We are in the process of updating the strategic plan implementation pages for our Website. Please contact Bridgett Chandler for additional information.
From: Charlie Mas
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:57 PM
To: Kodama, Karen; Medsker, Ruth
Cc: delaFuente, AnnaMaria
Subject: math adoption and the strategic plan
You are the person named by the superintendent as responsible for the math/science curriculum alignment project of the Strategic Plan, "Excellence for All", in the update to the Board on September 3. It is in that role that I hope that you can clarify some points of confusion for me.
The Strategic Plan says:
"SPS will write a scope and sequence for math and science and will adopt common grade level
instructional materials where these are not already in existence.
• Grades K-5 Everyday Math and Singapore Math (implemented 2007-08)
• Grades 6-8 CMP2 (implemented 2006-07)
• Grades 9-12 (to be developed Fall 2008)"
Has the scope and sequence for math been written for grades K-12? Where can I find it?
The Strategic Plan clearly sets a timeline that has the district adopting common grade level instructional materials for high school math in the fall of 2008. It is now winter. Have we adopted common grade level instructional materials for high school math? I don't believe we have. The Strategic Plan was written and adopted in June. At that time, was there reason to believe that this task would be accomplished within the coming four months? Did you set that timeline for the process? Were you responsible for meeting that timeline? Are you being held accountable for that timeline? If so, then who is holding you accountable? Is it Ruth Medsker, the Executive Sponsor of the Project?
What is the timeline for the other work commitments in the Strategic Plan, such as curricula alignment, ensuring coherence, writing curriculum/instructional guides; writing pacing guides; identifying best practices or high leverage practices; reaching common understanding on use of manipulatives, equipment, and technology; reaching a common understanding on use of grading; identifying mastery/core standards for PK-12 in math and science; developing common assessments and pre-post assessments; developing exemplary lessons for each grade; determining the use of rubrics; and making appropriate modifications for Special Education, English Language Learners and Advanced Learning students?
The timeline was supposed to be set during the summer of 2008. Where is it? Can you send me a copy? Alignment of elementary and middle school instructional materials to the new state standards was also supposed to be done during the summer; is that work complete? Is the Curriculum Guide written? Where is it? Wasn't every math teacher supposed to get up to four days of professional development to learn to use it?
Is there a detailed timeline for longer range actions and the full scope of work for development and implementation of key materials and related support. That work was supposed to have been completed by the Fall of 2008. Where is it? Can you send me a copy?
There have been absolutely no updates to the information available about the Math/Science Curriculum Alignment project of the Strategic Plan since the project was originally announced. Isn't this project expected to comply with the Community Engagement Protocols that were finalized in October? Are you aware of the Engagement Protocols? Are you aware that informing stakeholders is a GUARANTEED level of enagement that this project is expected to meet? Do you believe that you are meeting that guarantee? Does Ms Medsker believe that you are meeting that guarantee? How will you know if you are meeting the requirements of the community engagement protocol? Are there assessments, metrics, and benchmarks for that?
Frankly, Ms Kodoma, from my perspective - and I'm sure that you can see my perspective - it doesn't appear that any progress is being made on this project and that the project is woefully behind schedule. While I find it hard to believe that is is the case, I have no evidence to dispute that conclusion. Please write back and assure me that the project is, in fact, making progress and is on schedule. Please advise me of your near-term intentions to fulfill the requirements of the Community Engagement Protocols that were finalized in October.
I look forward to hearing from you.
- Charlie Mas
Pretty disappointing. She didn't answer ANY of the questions. I did forward her email and a repetition of the questions to Ms Chandler. Let's see if she can answer them.