District Mission: The Sioux City Community School District exists to educate students to believe in their talents and skills, achieve academic excellence, and succeed in reaching their potential.
Facilitator: Dr. Kim Buryanek
The Board Student Achievement Committee (SAC) met on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at noon in the Educational Service Center Board Room.
Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Dr. Kim Buryanek, Mr. Ron Colling, Dr. Juli
Albert and Ms. Monique Scarlett
Guests Present: Heidi Anthony, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and Cindy
Foland, 6-12 Science Curriculum Facilitator
Ms. Heidi Anthony and Ms. Cindy Foland shared the curriculum adoption proposals for the 2021-22
school year. The content areas discussed were middle school science, high school science, and the 6th grade dual language program. Each curriculum committee completed a series of steps in the curriculum process including, but not limited to, Iowa Core Standard analysis, development of
assessment and pacing guides, identifying instructional strategies, redesigning District Common
Assessments (DCA), evaluation of evidence of learning, and reviewing and recommending resources.
The Curriculum Adoptions presentation aligns with Focus 2022 Goal 1: Provide Relevant, Rigorous
and Innovative Academics.
Middle School Science
- Curriculum work began in the summer of 2019.
- All middle school science teachers were invited.
- Cindy Foland met with and gathered feedback from teachers who were not able to participate on the committee.
- Committee members collaborated to provide feedback for all grade levels.
- Focused on the flow of teaching and highlighting power standards using “vertical alignment”.
- Prioritized levels 2 and 3 of “depth of knowledge” questions on DCA.
- Students must understand concepts – cannot Google answer.
- PLC implemented anchor labs.
- Required for all students in District to ensure consistency.
- Focused on accuracy, rigor, and alignment to standards when vetting resources.
- Students who do not have Internet access are still able to complete work at home using a lab notebook.
- Work will sync when the student returns to school.
- Compatible with face-to-face or virtual learning. o Intentional incorporation of relevant science events.
- Created modules in Canvas so teachers can focus more on differentiating and less time planning.
- Canvas modules integrated with resources.
- Proposing an accelerated science pathway in grades 6 and 7.
- Models current accelerated math pathway.
- Enrollment is based on ISASP scores.
- One section at each school.
- No extra cost to District as staff with certifications present in each building.
- Creates more opportunities for students to enroll in upper-level science courses.
- The budget for grades 6-8 science curriculum adoption is $213,718.46.
- Includes PD, seven years of print and digital licensing, and models.
High School Science
- All high school science teachers were invited to participate.
- Representation from all science fields.
- Cindy Foland met with and gathered feedback from teachers who were not able to participate.
- Committee members collaborated to provide feedback for all grades.
- Prioritized levels 2 and 3 “depth of knowledge” questions on DCA.
- Focused on accuracy, rigor and alignment to standards when vetting resources.
- Variety of resources selected based on the unique standards for each course.
- Textbooks and open educational resources depending on course.
- Prioritized use of relevant events.
- Applicable to daily life.
- Committee members designed curriculum maps for each course.
- Created modules in Canvas to focus more on differentiating and less time planning.
- Total budget for high school science curriculum adoption is $387,388.54.
- Includes PD, seven years of print and digital licensing and models.
6th Grade Dual Language
- Committee consisted of two dual language teachers and a consulting teacher from North Middle School, Ms. Heidi Anthony, and Ms. Tori Albright, World Languages Program Coordinator.
- Students from Irving Dual Language Specialty School can continue dual language education at middle schools and high schools.
- Analyzed Iowa Core Standards and American Council on Teaching of Foreign Language Standards.
- Prioritized three pillars – academic achievement, bilingual literacy, and sociocultural competence.
- Intentional focus to provide material that is more authentic.
- Standards are taught in English and Spanish.
- Specific standards chosen by committee to be taught in Spanish at a greater depth.
- Prioritized resources that incorporate reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar.
- Intentional incorporation of cultural readings and passages.
- AP Spanish high school students have opportunity to be “language partners” with students in dual language program.
- Students will see value in being bilingual and biliterate.
- The budget is $1,686.20.
All of the curriculum adoptions are ready to implement in the fall of 2021 with Board approval.
The committee acknowledged the Curriculum Adoptions presentation.