(Will be submitted for approval at the next Curriculum Commission meeting – Date TBD)
December 11, 2009
3:30 to 4:20 p.m.
Commission Chair, John Brooks
Committee Chair, Connie Tate
Committee Vice Chair, Monica Ward
Linda Childress, Riverside County Office of Education, Riverside, CA
CDE Staff Present:
Andrea Lewis, California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA)
Alyson Thomas, OPR
Clete Bradford, California Teachers Association
Daly Jordan-Koch, California Teachers Association
Missy Kozacik, McGraw-Hill
Dr. Gerald Lieberman, Principal Consultant, EEI
Chair Tate called the Ad Hoc Committee on the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) to order at 3:30 p.m. She noted that the purpose of the meeting was to make final recommendations on the nine EEI revised curriculum units. Andrea Lewis briefly introduced the revised units, and commented on the revisions that were made to meet the State Board’s evaluation criteria.
- Public Comment
There were no comments from members of the public.
- Recommendation to the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) and the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency on the Revised Curriculum Units
The members of the committee discussed the nine revised EEI units. Chair Tate first polled the committee members to identify which units they wished to discuss in more detail. Commissioners made suggestions for minor edits to a number of the units, including units 4.2.1., 5.4.1., 7.7.1., 7.7.3., and 12.3.1. Staff recorded all suggested edits.
In addition to specific edits, Commissioner Bjerke stated that the supplemental materials booklets should not be printed on both sides of the page when students or teachers are expected to cut out elements for classroom use. Dr. Lieberman stated that these were just demonstration materials and that the final versions would not be printed on both sides of the page.
Commissioner Ward also made comments on the User Guides for the curriculum, and the examples provided for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Dr. Lieberman noted that the final version will have more real-world examples.
Commissioner Ward made the following motion:
Commissioner Lanphere seconded the motion. There was no discussion on the motion, and no public comment on the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Executive Director Adams presented Certificates of Appreciation from Superintendent Jack O’Connell and a Resolution from the Legislature to departing Commissioners Brooks and Tate. The documents will be mailed to Commissioners Wooldridge and Wagoner, who are also concluding their terms but were not present at the meeting.
EEI Ad Hoc Committee Chair Tate called for any final public comment. Hearing none, the meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.