Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Open Letter to the Community on Thursday's Meeting

Thursday's gathering between the Curriculum Committee and district parents and the community is a meeting to explain the process and the progress of the Curriculum Committee to date- specifically our progress on the K-12 curriculum, professional development activities, and our curriculum mapping. It is important to realize that the activities of the Curriculum Committee do not represent all the curricula decisions and activities going on in the district but certainly a very large part of it.

As many of the readers of this blog know, the Committee is actually WRITING a curriculum and not adopting one out of the box. This makes the process more time intensive but in the long run will be a curriculum that will have great ownership by the District and utilized.

The format for the meeting tomorrow is really more of a “meet and greet” and I am going to try to start things off with a quick 10 minute presentation, perhaps 10 minutes of Q&A and then an informal interaction with the teachers and parents around refreshments. This is only the first in what I am planning on being multiple opportunities to inform the community of our progress. Keep in mind, much of the activity of the Committee has been recorded on this blog.

In understand there is some community interest in Pre-K/K curriculum activities and while I will speak briefly about this in an overview, Jessica Peters and myself are planning a more detailed and concentrated presentation on the topic in the very near future.