Draft Meeting Minutes: September 24, 2009 Teleconference Meeting Minutes
(Will be submitted for approval at the next Curriculum Commission meeting – Date TBD)
Preliminary Report of Action
September 24, 2009
3:35 to 5:15 p.m.
Curriculum Commissioners Present via Teleconference at the California Department of Education, Sacramento, CA:
- John Brooks, Chair
- Martha Hernandez, Vice Chair
- Glee Johnson
- Christine Lanphere
- Connie Tate
Curriculum Commission Members Present via Teleconference at Additional Sites:
- Hope Bjerke, Shasta County Office of Education, Redding, CA
- Linda Childress, Riverside County Office of Education, Riverside, CA
- Michelle Herczog, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CA
- Lucy Medina, Agua Caliente Elementary School, Cathedral City, CA
- Bama Medley, Santa Maria-Bonita School District, Santa Maria, CA
- RoseMary Parga-Duran, Merced City School District, Merced, CA
- Will Parish, Gateway High School, San Francisco, CA
- Richard Wagoner, San Pedro High School, San Pedro, CA
- Monica Ward, Martin Luther King High School, Riverside, CA
- Kevin Wooldridge, Education for Change Office, Oakland, CA
- Senator Denise Ducheny, Senator’s District Office, Chula Vista, CA
Curriculum Commissioners Absent:
- Katherine Crawford
- Assemblymember Wilmer Carter
- Senator Denise Ducheny
California Department of Education (CDE) Staff Present CDE, Sacramento, CA:
- Thomas Adams
- Veronica Aguila
- Susan Martimo
- Patrice Roseboom
- Ken McDonald
- Cynthia Gunderson
- Deborah Franklin
- Tracie Yee
- Terri Yan
- Deb Sigman
Public Present via Teleconference at Various Sites:
- Andrea Lewis, California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), CDE, Sacramento, CA
- Gerald Lieberman, State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER), CDE, Sacramento, CA
- Mindy Fox, California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), CDE, Sacramento, CA
- Sandi Adams-Jones, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, CDE, Sacramento, CA
- Christine Bertrand, California Science Teachers Association, CDE, Sacramento, CA
- Lindsay Nitta, American Chemistry Council (ACC), CDE, Sacramento, CA
- Onkar Bindra, Sikh Temple Sacramento, CDE, Sacramento, CA
- Nadia Leal, Staff Member Senator Ducheny, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA
- Angelo Sandoval, Staff Member Senator Ducheny, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA
- Clete Bradford, California Teachers Association (CTA), San Francisco, CA
- Daly Jordan-Koch, California Teachers Association (CTA), San Francisco, CA
- Lucille Cuttler, San Francisco, CA
- Missy Kozacik, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Oakland, CA
- Tara Treiber, Heal the Bay, San Pedro, CA
- Gary Widdison, Los Angeles County Outdoor and Marine Science Field Study, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CA
Full Curriculum Commission
- 1.A. Called to Order: 3:35 p.m. by Commission Chair John Brooks
- 1.B. Overview of the Agenda
There were no changes to the agenda.
- 1.C. Approval of Minutes for the July 15-17, 2009 Meeting (Action)
- 1.D. Approval of Minutes for the August, 10, 2009, Teleconference Meeting (Action)
- 1.E. Approval of Minutes for the September 10, 2009, Ad Hoc Committee on the Education and the Environment Initiative Teleconference Meeting (Action)
With minor changes not affecting the content, Commissioner Bjerke moved to approve the July 15-17, 2009 and August 10, 2009, Curriculum Commission meeting minutes and the September 10, 2009, Ad Hoc Committee on the Education and the Environment Initiative teleconference meeting minutes. Commissioner Lanphere seconded the motion. There was no discussion or public comment. A roll call vote was taken. The motion was approved by a unanimous vote of the members present (15-0). Commissioners Carter, Ducheny, and Crawford were absent.
- 1.F. Report of the Chair
Chair Brooks reported that he talked with various legislators about the current budget situation and that they were receptive about the need to update the curriculum frameworks. It is hoped that the progress of the frameworks can be resumed in the near future.
- 1.G. Executive Director’s Report
Thomas Adams reported on the following:
- AB X4 2 and schools in year 3 Program Improvement – The State Board of Education (SBE) took no action on this item.
- School Library Standards – The Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division (CFIRD) is working on school library standards. The standards will go forward to the SBE in January 2010.
- Free Digital Textbook Initiative and California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) – The project has been completed. There is the possibility of a phase 2 involving grades 9-12 electronic materials. Dr. Adams inquired if any commissioners would be interested in being a reviewer.
- Legislative Update – CFIRD staff will e-mail commissioners the legislative update that was distributed at the September SBE meeting.
- 1.H. Reports/Action from Subcommittees:
- Ad Hoc Committee on the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI)
- Report on the 2009 EEI Model Curriculum Review (Information)
Chair Brooks reminded the Commission that action would be taken on the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) model curriculum review. Committee Chair Tate gave an update on the EEI Curriculum Review and a report on the September 10, 2009, EEI Ad Hoc Committee meeting.
- Public Comment on the 2009 EEI Model Curriculum
Tara Treiber, Heal the Bay, acknowledge the hard work of everyone involved. She expressed concern that the curriculum units fall short in certain areas: oceans, water treatment and water supply (how water gets into homes for use), water pollution, and ph issues. She stated that student knowledge and impact does not connect student behavior with the environment and that there are limitations.
Onkar Bindra, Sikh Community, requested to continue the work of updating the history-social science framework.
Andrea Lewis, Assistant Secretary with the Cal/EPA, thanked the Commissioners, Instructional Material Reviewers (IMRs), Content Review Experts (CREs), and CFIRD staff. She addressed the public feedback received to date on the EEI model curriculum, edits and corrections identified by the review panels, revisions to unit 12.3.1., the draft outline for the User’s Guide, and Cal/EPA’s and the CIWMB’s proposed plan to revise the “partially” and “not met” units.
- Curriculum Commission’s Recommendation to the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) and the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency on the 2009 EEI Model Curriculum (Action)
Commissioner Tate moved to:
- Recommend the 76 “fully met” curriculum units to the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) and the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency with substantive edits and corrections as noted in the forthcoming Curriculum Commission Advisory Report.
- Approve the Cal/EPA and CIWMB plans to revise the “partially” and “not met” units, and unit 12.3.1.; and delegate the review of the revised units to Commission Chair Brooks and EEI Ad Hoc Committee Chair Tate. And, once reviewed, the revised units would be presented to the EEI Ad Hoc Committee for approval on December 11, 2009.
- Delegate approval of the final Curriculum Commission Advisory Report to the Chair of the Curriculum Commission, John Brooks, and the Chair of the EEI Ad Hoc Committee, Connie Tate.
There was no discussion or public comment. A roll call vote was taken. The motion was approved by a unanimous vote of the members present (15-0). Commissioners Carter, Ducheny, and Crawford were absent.
- Schedule Video Conference/Telephone Conference Meeting in December Date TBD (Action)
The action was addressed in the previous motion.
- 1.I. Other Matters/Public Comment
Clete Bradford, CTA, inquired about the presentation of the EEI curriculum units at the California Council for History Education Conference. Commissioner Ward responded that she along with Andrea Lewis will be at the conference sharing information about the EEI curriculum units. She noted that the units will not be distributed to the public until the SBE takes action on them in January 2010.
Tara Treiber, Heal the Bay, asked for clarification on who would review the minor edits. Thomas Adams stated that the Commission’s list of approved edits will be verified by the CDE staff after the SBE takes action.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.