Minutes from 9/8/09 Meeting
Ted Hall, Jodi McGuire, Deborah Johansen, Emily Davison, Chris Hill, Mandy Peaslee, Suzanne Hamilton, Todd Shaw, Melissa Noack, Amy Bongard, Lorrie King, Tom McDowell, Brenda Michaelsen
Check-in: Done Notetaker: Lorrie King
Review norms from last year:
The group reviewed the norms to see if there is anything we need to change. There was discussion as to whether we all leave the meeting clear on the directions we need to be going. Can we have a system that helps us be clear on how we are moving ahead?
Debrief inservice days:
Advisor Handbook Discussion-
- The need for advisors to be more consistent around attendance was a recurrent theme.
- Suzanne wondered what our next steps would be with this information.
- Ted mentioned that one of the goals of this session was to bring this resource back into the forefront of teacher’s minds.
- Melissa wondered if the individual questions brought up by the group in these notes could be answered.
- There was a discussion about gathering up information on what things most advisors see as things we should keep tight, and others that people agree we can keep loose.
- Ted will review the document again and synthesize the main points. We can share that at the advisors meeting tomorrow morning.
- Emily suggested that as a longer-term step we might make a google doc collecting information about what activities people are actually doing with their advisors. Emily will create the document and we will use it with the advisor meetings.
- Brenda mentioned that there were some questions about the purpose of the team as it came up in several places.
- Communication, membership, and decision-making process were reoccurring themes.
- Suzanne asked as to whether it is clear to the rest of the staff that our job as a building leadership team is to help our school advance the district goals.
- Amy asked if there is a way to “lift the veil” so that more people can know what we do as a leadership team. How can we open the communication lines?
- There may have been too much presented at once. Some people felt that once they could work on their own, it was better. The venue was not ideal. It may have helped to move into smaller groups.
Learning Area Discussion about Common Assessments-
- English LA has already decided to incorporate the sharing of common assessments as well as teaching strategies in a more deliberate way.
- Visual and Performing Arts is doing something similar to that, and they are going to bring their collaborative inquiry into that. This way the results can be better documented.
- Math thought that the timing of this discussion was quite good. Math already uses many of the same assessments, but now they can concentrate on analyzing the results of these common assessments and adjust teaching strategies as needed.
- Science talked about which groupings make sense in terms of teachers working together. The diversity of the disciplines can be an issue, but they may return to some sort of common theme amongst all the classes, such as lab reports.
- Modern Languages began by delineating their current common assessments. They were wondering why the driving force was behind this goal. Ted explained that research shows that schools that evaluate and analyze common assessments have improved results. Meghan has some thought of going to other schools to collaborate with other Latin teachers.
- Social Studies identified common assessments and determined who would be the best teams of teachers to analyze the work, whether it is grade level or across the grades.
- Freshman team does do common assessments as well, such as in Humanities (English and Social Studies).
Exercise to begin looking at beliefs:
This topic was tabled to the next meeting because there wasn’t enough time. Suzanne will send a document to the leadership team so we can do some preparatory work before the meeting.
Items from staff:
|Question:||Response:||How will it be communicated:|
|A staff member asked what our next steps are for technology?||We have Wednesday morning with a technology focus coming up in late September. We may also consider using some faculty meeting time as well.||Melissa will bring the information back to the person who asked the question.|
|Will there be any major field trips right before the AP exams?||Ted will talk to the teacher who has the trip right before to see if this can be arranged differently||Ted will communicate the answer to Todd.|
|Was there ever any feedback received about the two days versus three days CEP experience?||The supervisors were not polled last year, nor were the students, teachers, or parents. If we are going to ask questions, we want to make sure that we ask questions that help us get to the best possible experience, and not just based on number of days.||Todd will tell the people who asked about the current status.|
|Can the feedback from the inservice day be put on Google docs.||The purpose of the feedback is to help us plan, so the audience for this feedback is not necessarily the entire staff.||Ted has heard this question directly from the person, so he will contact the person to talk about this.|
|Club Advisors are having difficulty finding adequate time for meetings. Is there any other times that clubs could meet?||This question could not be answered today, so we put it out here so we could consider it at another time.||No action at this time.|
Plans for next meeting:
Beliefs discussion will be the major piece of the next meeting.