What the heck is going on with the curriculum alignment in Science?
I can't make heads or tails of it.
Originally, the science curriculum was supposed to be aligned first along with the math curriculum, but then the alignment of the science curriculum was deferred as the state was revising the science Standards and GLEs.
The new state Standards have been set, so the alignment of the science curriculum can now go forward. There is a timetable for the work on the District web site, but it doesn't appear that the District is sticking to the timetable.
The members of the high school science materials adoption committee have been named.
Other than that, it's unclear if anything else on the timetable has actually been done.
During the week of January 24th, Elaine Woo, the District's Science Program Manager, was supposed to send out an invitation to view instructional materials. The public was supposed to be notified that they could review the science instructional materials and provide feedback both on site and through a web site survey to get on specifics of science instructional materials. This survey was supposed to inform the Adoption Committee's work of narrowing the field to three choices. I don't see that invitation or the survey or the instructional materials available for review.
During the week of January 31 there was supposed to be an opportunity for the public to review instructional materials in the Professional Library. There were supposed to be feedback forms with a collection box there as well as an opportunity to give input on SPS Web site. I'm not seeing it.
Maybe that's because it isn't until February 14th that the public is supposed to be notified that they can review science instructional materials and provide feedback through both on-site and Web site surveys. Hmmm. Make the materials available on January 31, but don't tell anyone about it until two weeks later. How is that a good idea?
Here's the fun part, the Committee is supposed to provide the names of the three finalists in High School Science content area to IMC on February 18 after they have had two all day meetings to choose them. In other words, the public opportunity to view and review the materials cannot possibly have any consequence since the decisions will already be made before the public gets the chance to see the stuff. Clever! Schedule the public input opportunity AFTER the committee decision meeting but before the committee's announcement of their results.
Here's another interesting wrinkle in the timeline: the design of the professional development plan and the selection of dates is due on March 23rd, the same day as they announce their final recommendation of materials. How can they design the professional development on the materials before they choose the materials?
I don't see this as an honest or transparent process.
I don't see the District following this timeline.
What the heck is going on? Is Elaine Woo even the Science Program Manager anymore?
Why is only high school science getting aligned?
Why does the District continue to substitute standardized materials for true alignment?