K-5 Science Field Test Study Group Proposed Schedule

 

The following tables outline the schedule of meetings and tasks for the K-5 science grade-level field-test study groups, along with other pertinent events and deadlines.   Note that throughout the proposal, of which this schedule was originally part, references to "field testing" include both actual classroom use of complete curriculum packages for second- and third-quarter units and "paper analyses" of teacher materials for first- and fourth-quarter units.   As with all other portions of the proposal, the schedule outlined below adds to the selection process outlined in the "Lansing School District Resource Materials Protocol Handbook," as provided for in "Article 15: Curriculum" (Section C: Steering Committees, number 1.e) of the "Master Agreement between Lansing Schools Education Association and Lansing School District Board of Education 1999-2003" (p. 53).

 

Short Version of the Proposed Field Test Study Group (FTSG) Schedule Detailed Version of the Proposed Field Test Study Group (FTSG) Schedule Elementary Science Steering Committee (ESSC) 2001-2002 Meeting Schedule

 

Short Version of the FTSG Schedule
              Fall Semester                             Spring Semester              
  • Session #1:   10/10/2001
  • Session #2:   10/30/2001
  • Session #3:   11/27/2001
  • Session #4:   12/4/2001
  • Session #5:   12/18/2001
  • Session #6:   1/08/2002
  • Session #7:   1/22 - 1/24
  • Report to ESSC:   1/29/2002
  • Session #8:   2/5/2002
  • Session #9:   2/19/2002
  • Session #10:   2/26/2002
  • Session #11:   3/5/2002
  • K-5 Science Curriculum Materials Fair:   3/12/2002
  • Session #12:   3/19 - 3/21
  • Report to ESSC:   3/26/2002
  • Teacher Vote:   3/27 - 4/8

 

Detailed Version of the FTSG Schedule

Date and Time

Description

Tuesday

4:15 — 5:15 PM

October 2, 2001

Elementary Science Steering Committee (ESSC) receives, reviews and approves proposal for K-5 science field testing procedures.

Request opportunity to present ESSC-approved field testing procedures (i.e., this proposal) at the next meeting of Instructional Council for their consideration and approval (10/9/2001).

Teachers selected for participation in K-5 science curriculum materials field testing are contacted with information about field testing and the first meeting of all field-test teachers 3:30-5:30 PM, Wednesday, October 10, 2001.

Tuesday

October 9, 2001

1:00 — 3:00 PM

Instructional Council Meeting

Presentation of K-5 science curriculum materials field testing procedures approved by ESSC for consideration and approval of the Instructional Council.

Wednesday

3:30 — 5:30 PM

October 10, 2001

[District-wide In-service Day]

First meeting of all field-test teachers :

Introduction of all participants to one another, to the goals for our work together, to the Michigan Curriculum Framework (2000) Science Benchmarks, to the Lansing School District’s new grades 2-5 science pacing guides and recommendations for K-1 science units, and to the Project 2061 curriculum evaluation procedures (see Appendices C and D for drafts of the modified Project 2061 procedures to be used for content and instructional analyses of K-5 science curriculum materials). Dividing into grade-level study groups, participants then do an initial "walk through" of the Project 2061 content analysis of modules to be field tested as second-quarter science units.

NOTE: The new LSD grades 2-5 science pacing guides define four science units per year in grades 2 through 5. The procedures outlined in this proposal refer to these units by "quarters." The ESSC-approved K-1 recommendation outlines three units per year for kindergarten and first grade, each session being approximately 12 weeks in length. Since K-1 science currently is not locked into a particular sequence by a district pacing guide or quarterly assessments, teachers who are field testing K-1 science curriculum materials can be more flexible in how they sequence units and evaluate materials during the 2001-2002 academic year. Thus, when grades 2-5 are field testing first- and second-quarter modules, K-1 teachers will be field testing first- and second-session modules (with all second-session and some first-session modules being field tested in classrooms with students using complete packages; remaining first-session modules will be field tested by "paper analysis"). When grades 2-5 are field testing third- and fourth-quarter modules, K-1 teachers will be field testing second- and third-session modules (with all second-session and some third-session modules being field tested in classrooms with students using complete packages; remaining third-session modules will be field tested by "paper analysis").

Homework: complete content analysis of second-quarter modules for discussion at 10/30/2001 study group meeting.

10/11/2001 — 10/29/2001

[All LSD first-quarter quarterly assessments are to be completed between 10/22/2001 and 11/2/2001.]

Representatives of the various sources for K-5 science curriculum materials provide training for teachers who are field testing their curriculum modules for first- or second-quarter units. These sessions will be scheduled by Linda Morrow and R. Timothy Smith, in consultation with representatives of the various sources. These sessions will be held after school and offered as opportunities for voluntary in-service professional development (i.e., teachers are not paid for this time). Teachers participating in K-5 science curriculum materials field testing are expected, as part of their field-test participation, to attend the training sessions for the materials they will be field testing. Field-test teachers are also welcome and encouraged to attend training sessions by other suppliers, except in those cases where the suppliers have asked that attendance be limited to teachers using their materials, or there is a per teacher cost to the LSD for teacher participation in the training workshop.

Tuesday

5:00 — 7:30 PM

October 23, 2001

Seventh Annual Instructional Swap Shop -- held at DeWitt High School

Sponsored by the Capital Area Science & Math Center (CASM), Lansing Community College, and MSU’s Division of Science & Mathematics Education

Tuesday

4:15 — 6:00 PM

October 30, 2001

Meeting #2 of field-test grade-level study groups:

Discuss content analysis of second-quarter modules; begin first portion of instructional analysis with second-quarter modules.

Field work: begin documentation of use of second-quarter modules, begin collection of examples of second-quarter unit student work (including pre-assessments), and continue instructional analysis of second-quarter modules.

Tuesday

4:15 — 6:00 PM

November 13, 2001

Second Curriculum Summit in the Russ Maple Room at the Hill Center

(The latter portion of this time is devoted to a meeting of the ESSC.)

Tuesday

4:15 — 6:00 PM

November 27, 2001

Meeting #3 of field-test grade-level study groups:

Discuss initial instructional analysis results with second-quarter modules; begin second portion of instructional analysis with second-quarter modules.

Field work: continue documentation of use of second-quarter modules, collection of examples of second-quarter unit student work, and instructional analysis of second-quarter modules.

Tuesday

4:15 — 6:00 PM

December 4, 2001

Meeting #4 of field-test grade-level study groups:

Discuss classroom teaching and students’ learning using second-quarter modules; introduce paper analysis for first-quarter modules.

Field work: continue documentation of use of second-quarter modules, collection of examples of second-quarter unit student work, and instructional analysis of second-quarter modules.

Homework: complete paper analysis of first-quarter modules for discussion at 1/8/2002 study group meeting.

Tuesday

4:15 — 6:00 PM

December 18, 2001

Meeting #5 of field-test grade-level study groups:

Touch base on progress of paper analysis of first-quarter modules; review evidence of students’ learnings thus far using second-quarter modules; discuss and complete instructional analysis of second-quarter modules.

Field work: continue documentation of use of second-quarter modules and collection of examples of second-quarter unit student work.

Tuesday

4:15 — 6:00 PM

January 8, 2002

Meeting #6 of field-test grade-level study groups:

Discuss results of completed paper analyses of first-quarter modules; begin preparation for using and evaluating third-quarter modules and begin content analysis.

Field work: begin documentation of use of third-quarter modules and begin collection of examples of third-quarter unit student work (including pre-assessments).

Homework: complete content analysis of third-quarter modules for discussion at 2/5/2002 study group meeting.

1/9/2002 — 2/4/2002

Representatives of the various sources for K-5 science curriculum materials provide training for teachers who are field testing their curriculum modules for third- or fourth-quarter units. These sessions will be scheduled by Linda Morrow and R. Timothy Smith, in consultation with representatives of the various sources. These sessions will be held after school and offered as opportunities for voluntary in-service professional development (i.e., teachers are not paid for this time). Teachers participating in K-5 science curriculum materials field testing are expected, as part of their field-test participation, to attend the training sessions for the materials they will be field testing. Field-test teachers are also welcome and encouraged to attend training sessions by other suppliers, except in those cases where the suppliers have asked that attendance be limited to teachers using their materials, or there is a per teacher cost to the LSD for teacher participation in the training workshop.

January 14-18, 2002

[All LSD second-quarter quarterly assessments are to be completed between 1/14/2002 and 1/25/2002.]

In order to have post-assessment data from second-quarter units in hand for analysis and discussion at the next field-test grade-level study group meetings during the week of January 21 st , all field-test teachers are expected to complete all second-quarter science unit post-assessments (e.g., LSD quarterly assessments for second and third grade or teacher-developed tasks for grades K-1 and 4-5) by 1/18/2002.

January 22-24, 2002

Meeting #7 of field-test grade-level study groups:

Half-day release time for grade-level study group meetings this week to examine evidence of student learning based on second-quarter post-assessments (and other examples of students’ work); complete all aspects of analyses of first- and second-quarter modules in order to prepare reports by each group’s teacher co-facilitator to the ESSC on 1/29/2002.

Tuesday

4:15 — 5:15 PM

January 29, 2002

Reports on first- and second-quarter modules presented by teacher co-facilitators from each grade-level study group to the ESSC.

January 30 through February 14, 2002

ESSC members share results of first- and second-quarter module field testing with the teachers in their buildings.

1/28/2002 — 2/15/2002

MEAP

Grade 4: Reading and Mathematics

Grade 5: Science, Social Studies, and Writing

Tuesday

4:15 — 6:00 PM

February 5, 2002

Meeting #8 of field-test grade-level study groups:

Discuss content analysis of third-quarter modules; begin first portion of instructional analysis with third-quarter modules.

Field work: continue documentation of use of third-quarter modules, collection of examples of third-quarter unit student work, and instructional analysis of third-quarter modules.

Tuesday

4:15 — 6:00 PM

February 12, 2002

Third Curriculum Summit in the Russ Maple Room at the Hill Center

(The latter portion of this time is devoted to a meeting of the ESSC.)

Tuesday

February 19, 2002

Meeting #9 of field-test grade-level study groups:

Touch base on first portion of instructional analysis and classroom teaching using third-quarter modules; begin second portion of instructional analysis with third-quarter modules; begin paper analysis of fourth-quarter modules.

Field work: continue documentation of use of third-quarter modules, collection of examples of third-quarter unit student work, and instructional analysis of third-quarter modules.

Homework: complete paper analysis of fourth-quarter modules for discussion at 3/5/2002 study group meeting.

Tuesday

4:15 — 6:00 PM

February 26, 2002

Meeting #10 of field-test grade-level study groups:

Discuss both portions of instructional analyses, along with classroom teaching experiences and evidence of students’ learning, with third-quarter modules.

Field work: continue documentation of use of third-quarter modules, collection of examples of third-quarter unit student work, and instructional analysis of third-quarter modules.

Tuesday

4:15 — 6:00 PM

March 5, 2002

Meeting #11 of field-test grade-level study groups:

Complete paper analysis of fourth-quarter modules; prepare for curriculum fair on 3/12/2002.

Field work: continue documentation of use of third-quarter modules, collection of examples of third-quarter unit student work, and instructional analysis of third-quarter modules.

Homework: complete preparations for "curriculum fair" on 3/12/2002.

Tuesday

4:15 — 6:00 PM

March 12, 2002

Grade Level Meeting — "Science":

After-school curriculum fair for all LSD elementary school teachers includes grade-level displays of all field-tested K-5 science modules (e.g., teacher guides and students’ materials), displays of students’ work, and opportunities to discuss field testing experiences and results with field-test teachers.

March 11-15, 2002

[All LSD third-quarter quarterly assessments are to be completed between 3/18/2002 and 4/12/2002.]

In order to have post-assessment data from third-quarter units in hand for analysis and discussion at the next field-test grade-level study group meetings during the week of March 19th, all field-test teachers are requested to complete all third-quarter science unit post-assessments (e.g., LSD quarterly assessments for grades 2-5 or teacher-developed tasks for grades K-1) by 3/15/2002. Note that this is the week before LSD quarterly assessments would normally begin for the third quarter.

March 19-21, 2002

Meeting #12 of field-test grade-level study groups:

Half-day release time for grade-level study group meetings this week to examine evidence of student learning based on third-quarter quarterly assessments (and other examples of students’ work); complete all aspects of analyses of third- and fourth-quarter modules in order to prepare reports by each group’s teacher co-facilitator to the ESSC.

Tuesday

4:15 — 5:15 PM

March 26, 2002

Reports on third- and fourth-quarter modules presented by teacher co-facilitators from each grade-level study group to ESSC.

March 27-28, 2002

ESSC members share results of third- and fourth-quarter module field testing with the teachers in their buildings.

March 27 through April 8, 2002

All Lansing elementary school teachers submit to the Subject Matter Area Leader for elementary school science their recommendations for materials to be adopted for use with each of the science units designated for their grade level either by the grades 2-5 science pacing guides or the ESSC-approved recommendations for K-1 units. Results of these recommendations are compiled by the Subject Matter Area Leader for elementary school science, the co-chairs of the ESSC, and the ESTSs, for report to the ESSC at its next meeting on 4/9/2002. Weighting of recommendations submitted by field-test teachers, active ESSC members, and all elementary school buildings will follow the procedures outlined in the "Lansing School District Resource Materials Protocol Handbook" (p. 2, a copy of which is included as Appendix E of this proposal).

March 29 through April 7, 2002

LSD Spring Break

Tuesday

4:15 — 6:00 PM

April 9, 2002

Fourth Curriculum Summit in the Russ Maple Room at the Hill Center

(The latter portion of this time is devoted to a meeting of the ESSC, at which time the results compiled from all recommendations submitted by LSD elementary school teachers will be reported.)

Wednesday

1:00 — 3:00 PM

April 10, 2002

Instructional Council Meeting

Results of the K-5 science curriculum materials field testing and recommendation process are submitted by the Subject Matter Area Leader for elementary school science and the co-chairs of the ESSC to Instructional Council for their consideration, approval, and forwarding as appropriate to complete the elementary science adoption process in a timely manner so that science curriculum materials are available for use by all K-5 teachers at the start of the 2002-2003 academic year.