TQC Meeting – October 9, 2019

October 9, 2019, 8:00 – 10:00, ESC Board Room


1) Minutes & Updates

a. Today’s Agenda: review and approve
b. Minutes: review and approve minutes from May 9, 2019, meeting

2) Discussion and Action Items

a. 2018-19 and 2019-20 TQ and Iowa Core Budgets
b. ASCD Courses via Activate 2019-2020
c. Building Math Minds Proposal for TQ Courses

3) Schedule Next Meeting


Our 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: Heidi Anthony

Recorder: Gloria James The Teacher Quality Committee (TQC) met on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, in the Educational Service Center, Room 105. Copies of the agenda, May 9 minutes, Number Sense Course information, Iowa Core comparison budget, TQ comparison budget, and ASCD online course titles/descriptions were available for distribution.

Committee Members Present: Jolynn Meier, John Beeck, Janelle Poulson, Catherine Moseman, Kristine Snavely, Kathy Sandoz, Deb Padomek, Kim Neal, Julie Thiele, Charles Hoberg, and Angela Holcomb.

1) Minutes & Updates

a. Today’s Agenda: review and approve- Janelle moved and Julie seconded the motion to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried.
b. Minutes – The vote from May 9, 2019, meeting regarding CHAMPS training was amended to
state that five voters were in favor of using TQ to fund summer teacher pay for the training, and seven opposed, rather than six opposed. Jolynn moved and Kathy seconded the motion to approve acceptance of the May 9, 2019, minutes as amended. Motion carried.

2) Discussion and Action Items

a. 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 TQ and Iowa Core Budgets

  • Comparison-budget handouts were both disseminated; question on the state’s funding formula; Heidi has agreed to investigate.
  • Request for a summary of all FutureReady results; is it making a difference to enough students
  • District-wide? Concern that not all buildings have a FutureReady team.
  • Fifty-two teachers are involved on a team, and those teachers are mentoring other buildings. Hunt, Leeds, Morningside, Liberty, Spalding Park, Irving, NHS, EHS, WHS, WMS; with Leeds mentoring Irving, Morningside mentoring Spalding Park, and WHS mentoring EHS and NHS.
  • Curriculum work includes K-12 grade-specific social studies; elementary math, Stage III; high school PE; high school art; and grades 4-5 orchestra.
  • IB teams are middle school ELA, PE, and math.
  • Julie moved and Deb seconded the motion to accept both comparison budgets as presented. Motion carried.

b. ASCD courses delivered via Activate 2019-2020.

  • Start: November 1-March 1, teachers paid on March 13. Initial email disseminated Oct. 13.
  • License-renewal credit will be available until November 14.
  • Charlie moved and Kathy seconded the motion to accept the ASCD course list as presented. Motion carried.

c. Building Math Minds: Proposal for TQ Courses

  • Jody Vanderloo proposed that TQ funds be used to include two additional courses to the ASCD online course list, Number Sense 101 for PreK-2nd grade, and Number Sense 201 for 3rd-5th grade.
  • Discussion regarding modules, provisions, licensure credit, window of opportunity.
  • Goal is to help teachers build conceptual understanding of numbers in order to help students build conceptual understanding of numbers.
  • The first year would be limited to elementary, the funding to be used to compensate teachers in this endeavor instead of for the August TQ D hours.
  • Feedback analyzed after first year to determine effectiveness/continued use.
  • Kris moved and Cat seconded the motion to add the two courses to the ASCD course list. Motion carried. To leave the title as is. Motion carried. To add the courses with unlimited access for the 2019-2020 school year. Motion carried.

3) Next meeting date, March 25, 2020, 8-10:00 AM. ESC. Jolynn moved and Julie seconded the motion to adjourn. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Gloria James, Recorder