Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council (CIAC)
September 21, 2020 --- Minutes
Attendees: Natalie Albers, Veronica Barnas, Sarah Brass, Melissa Brooks, Robin Cerio, Becky Chamberlain, Rachel Chamley, Michelle DeMers, Gary Dion, Lisa Eidum, Sue Franzen, Sachin Isaacs, Mandy Hill, Ankitha Kumar, Jeff Little, Nicole Lonetree, Lori Mallory, Runa Mullin, Michael Nehring, Karla Neuenschwander, Sara Novak, Steve Troen, and Amelia Ubl (Amy Denneson, Jenny Huling and Sarah Papineau, T & L Coordinators helped with facilitation and note-taking)
I. Welcome, Introductions, Announcements, Review of Agenda
II. Purpose/Charge of the Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council (CIAC)
Steve Troen shared the purpose of CIAC which is to serve in an advisory capacity to the school board, ensuring active community participation in all phases of planning and improving the instruction and curriculum affecting state and district academic standards; and recommend to the School Board student achievement goals and measures, district assessments and other components of the World’s Best Workforce Plan. In addition, input from the CIAC helps inform and guide decisions and strategic work of the Teaching and Learning Department and district administration.
III. Our Current Reality
Robin Gordon, the district’s equity and inclusion coordinator shared the following message with CIAC members, focused on our current reality.
“For the past 7 months we have been charged as an educational system to continue to educate our students and to work with our families through a Pandemic. All the while navigating our way through and continuing to give each of our students what they need on their educational and social journey. In late May we suffered the tragic murder of George Floyd which sparked civil unrest worldwide. We watched parts of cities we have grown up in or our families live be burned. I ask we honor what is occurring in our world we offer a moment of silence before I continue.
On June 8, 2020, our school board adopted an Equity Resolution which states. . . ‘Independent School District 196, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, is responsible for student well-being and climate in our schools, creating a safe and secure learning environment for our students, and encouraging diversity and inclusion of all regardless of race, gender, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected class’.
What I keep coming back to is our students, our children who are continuing to experience uncertainty, pain, anger, frustration, anxiety and an abundance of trauma along with a host of additional emotions.
We now have in the midst of all of that is happening an incredible opportunity to make change and I ask that each of us moving forward put on our educator hats and help create systemic change together. I charge each of you to think critically from the space you are in as a CIAC member with honoring our equity resolution to continue to help the district create safe spaces for our students where they feel connected and welcomed, and continue to promote and encourage diversity and inclusion.
Lastly….I ask that we think of the word urgency, while there is absolutely an urgency behind our work this work is a journey, there is no quick fix, no simple solution.”
IV. Flexible Learning Plan at Elementary & Secondary (Hybrid, Digital Academy) – Reflections/Discussion
CIAC members with T & L coordinators met in breakout rooms in Zoom and discussed the following questions.
- What has been the best part of the start of the school year?
- What has been the most challenging part of the start of the school year?
- What questions do you have related to the impact of COVID on schools, the hybrid model or the digital academy model.
Below are the notes that were taken.
Discussion Notes Template for CIAC Breakout Groups
V. Unpacking the Broad Area of Focus for 2020-21 School Year (Safety-Equity-Achievement) Continuing in breakout rooms in Zoom, the following three broad topics were discussed:
- As you think about SAFETY, and the 2020-21 school year, what is on your mind?
- As we reach June 2021 and look back on the school year, we will be able to say that we maintained a safe environment if . . .
- Are there any specific topics related to safety which you would like to explore further and learn more about in future CIAC meetings?
- As you think about EQUITY, and the 2020-21 school year, what is on your mind?
- Are there any specific topics related to equity which you would like to explore further and learn more about in future CIAC meetings?
- As you think about ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, and the 2020-21 school year, what is on your mind?
- Are there any specific topics related to academic achievement which you would like to explore further and learn more about in future CIAC meetings?
Discussion Notes Template for CIAC Breakout Groups
VI. Nominations for Chairperson
Lisa Eidum, RHS student, volunteered to serve as CIAC Chairperson for 2020-21. Lisa will work with Teaching and Learning Department Staff in preparing agendas for the year, and will facilitate the CIAC meetings.
Note: Remaining CIAC Meetings for 2020-21 are November 2, February 21 and April 19. All meetings are 5-6:30 p.m. Please call Cathy at 651-423-7885 or email email@example.com if you cannot attend.
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