Pursuing Excellence through Instructional Committees

By Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Anais Wenn

The role of an instructional committee is to ensure that the programs and services provided to our students are of high quality and meet the needs of all students.  This year we will have several instructional committees working together toward the following goals:

  • selection and piloting of English Language Arts materials for adoption
  • effective use of the new math curriculum: Everyday Math
  • implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • studying successful kindergarten instructional practices 

We cannot accomplish our goals without outstanding teachers and administrators, hardworking parent representatives and dedicated Governing Board members. Each individual brings his/her unique perspective to the table creating a diverse group of stakeholders.  At the same time, all members share the belief that students’ needs come first and all decisions should support student learning. 
 
The ELA Adoption Committee will explore all available materials, select a small number of publishers’ materials to pilot and make a final decision to adopt by the end of the school year.  The goal is to select a curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, includes all components of a balanced literacy program and contains a robust offering of resources for teachers to use during daily instruction. There will be nine teachers, four administrators, four parents and one Board member on this committee.    
 
The Math Adoption Oversight Committee will meet four times a year to reflect on our progress with the K-5 Everyday Math curriculum (as per the Governing Board's direction) and share our findings with the community. This committee will include nine teachers, four parents and one Governing Board member. 
 
The NGSS Steering Committee will meet once a quarter to monitor the implementation of the NGSS plan and keep all stakeholders informed and engaged.  There will be eleven teachers, seven administrators, seven parents and one Board member serving on this committee.  
 
The Kindergarten Taskforce Subcommitte  will meet three times this year to complete the work of last year's Superintendent's Kindergarten Task Force Committee and share its findings with the Governing Board.  The outcome will be to ensure consistent instructional materials and practices in our Kindergarten classrooms across the district.  This is a small subcommittee consisting of two teachers, two administrators and two parents. 
 
Thank you to all teachers, administrators, parents and Board members for their contributions to these committees.  It is through these positive collaborations that we are able to create and implement best instructional programs in the state.