Meeting Minutes - November 8, 2016

November 8, 2016

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Issaquah Valley Elementary – Portable 6, Tuesday November 8, 2016, 7:30am – 3:00pm


Issaquah High  Holly Beaird 
Liberty High Diane Allen
Skyline High Christine Wieland
Maywood Middle Bree Chang
Pine Lake Nicole Ray - AB
Maywood, Admin Jason Morse
Maywood, Special Education           Shannon Pullins 
TLS, Admin Dawn Wallace
TLS, Science TOSA          Lena Jones
TLS, ELL Tricia Cecil
TLS, Ed Tech Valerie Buck

- Please Bring: laptop or similar, Biology teacher edition, Biology Adoption Binder


  • Goals for the day:
    • Familiarity with EQuIP Rubric
    • Summarize Parent Survey Results
    • Be able to articulate a vision for 3D learning
  • Introductions
  • Norms:
    Norms Graphic - includes word descriptors such as students, colleagues, documents, logistically, etc.
  • Cross Cutting Concepts:
    • Patterns
    • Cause & Effect
    • Scale, proportion and quantity
    • Systems and system models
    • Energy & Matter
    • Structure & Function
    • Stability & Change
  • “High School Biology Materials Selection Charter” updated 10/18/2016
    • Consensus model: 80% of the team must agree.
      1. 80% of the team must be present
      2. 5 classroom biology teachers must be present
  • Community (Parent) Survey Results – Discussion Diamond
    • Q4: Most Important
      1. Engaging, interactive and hands on
      2. Real world application
      3. College ready --> levels of rigor
      4. Teacher quality and meaningful instruction
    • Q5: What else to know?
      1. Dichotomy (religion vs. not, rigor vs. accessible)
      2. Role of the teacher
      3. Real-world application
      4. Engagement (hands on)
      5. More labs
      6. Needs to meet needs of all levels of students, responsiveness to diverse learners
      7. Communicate with our community and parents
      1. Lots of labs, dissection
      2. Real world examples and applications
      3. College prep/career prep
      4. Fun, exciting lessons taught by good teachers
      5. Be rigorous but make sure basics covered
      6. Resources (online, textbooks)
      7. Differences between MS and HS
      8. Religion (pro vs con) and evolution vs. creationism
      9. Tracking of students by ability
  • EQuIP Rubric: current Biology text
    • Phenomena:
    • 3D Learning: sharing from the groups
      1. Introducing the what (DCI), having students ask how (SEP) and why (CCC) and the teacher loops around with the what (DCI)
      2. Focused on the “assessment.”  The learning is based on trying to solve the problem (using SEP, CCC), failing, and revising to continue looking for the answer (DCI).
      3. Actively involved project-based-like learning.  Emulating a scientist/professional.
      4. Teacher explicitly facilitating the summary discussion, using SEPs and CCCs to connect with core ideas (DCIs)
  • SEPS:
    infographic of science and engineering practices
  • 3D Learning
  • EQuIP Rubric: “The Macroscopic World of Diatoms”
  • EQuIP Rubric: Lessons learned?
  • Planned Meetings:
    • Tuesday 11/8 – continue work done in October, review survey results, work with EQuIP
    • Wednesday 12/7 –Previewing materials
    • Monday 2/27 – currently slated as both a common assessment scoring day (half day) and adoption meeting (half day) ideally this is the meeting for voting on which materials to field test
    • Tuesday 3/7 – plan field testing for Fall 2017
  • Handouts:
    • Updated Charter
    • Parent Survey Results
    • Three Dimensional Learning
    • “The Macroscopic World of Diatoms” (The Science Teacher, November 2016, NSTA Press)
  • Materials to Review: