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Recruiting Curriculum Framework members

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

January 16, 2014

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

RECRUITING CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK AND EVALUATION CRITERIA COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR THE REVISION OF THE SCIENCE FRAMEWORK FOR CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWELVE

The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) are pleased to announce that they are recruiting applicants for the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC) to assist with the revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Science Framework). The Science Framework will incorporate and support the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS) adopted by the SBE in September 2013. Curriculum frameworks provide guidance to teachers, administrators, and parents on how a standards-based curriculum is implemented in the classroom.

Applications will be accepted until 3 p.m. on April 16, 2014. The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) will submit a list of recommended applicants to the SBE for appointment in May of 2014.

The CFCC will meet up to six times to conduct the work of revising the Science Framework.

The meetings are tentatively scheduled for the following dates:

  • September 9–10, 2014
  • October 9–10, 2014
  • November 5–6, 2014
  • December 11–12, 2014
  • January 22–23, 2015
  • February 26–27, 2015

All CFCC meetings will be public and take place in Sacramento. The CFCC will work with the framework writers and CDE staff to develop a draft Science Framework that will be submitted to the IQC for field review in May 2015. The SBE will take final action on the Science Framework in January 2016.

The CFCC will include between 9 and 20 members selected to ensure balanced representation of regions, science content knowledge, and grade-level experience. Please note that there is no stipend for service on the CFCC, but reimbursement for travel costs will be provided by the CDE. Unfortunately, the CDE cannot provide reimbursements for substitute cost.

The application process uses an online application posted on the CDE Curriculum Frameworks Science Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/.

The deadline for submission of applications is 3 p.m. on April 16, 2014. Please forward this information to any and all qualified candidates in your schools or organizations who might be interested in serving on the CFCC.

I encourage you to help us recruit qualified applicants for this important work. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation in disseminating this information.

If you have any questions regarding the CFCC or the framework revision process, please contact Bryan D. Boyd, Education Programs Consultant, Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division, by phone at 916-445-4910 or by e-mail at bboyd@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson
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cc:       Michael Kirst, President, State Board of Education
            Karen Stapf Walters, Executive Director

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