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Draft Meeting Minutes September 24, 2009

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State of California
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor

Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission
An advisory body to the California State Board of Education

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:
Curriculum Commission Members Present via Teleconference at Additional Sites:
Curriculum Commissioners Absent:
California Department of Education (CDE) Staff Present CDE, Sacramento, CA:
Public Present via Teleconference at Various Sites:
  1. Full Curriculum Commission

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. Ad Hoc Committee on the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI)

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:
  1. Schedule Video Conference/Telephone Conference Meeting in December Date TBD (Action)
    The action was addressed in the previous motion.

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.

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