Content Area Cadres November 14, 2005

Role of the Cadres – Why?

Sharing of Resources:
  • To provide equal access to content information throughout the state
  • To build on each other’s strengths
  • To share resources - Human, material, technology, etc.
  • To share information on trainings, workshop opportunities, grant opportunities, etc.
  • To develop a network and forum for the content area
  • To connect to and participate with state and national professional organizations
  • To connect to other cadres – modeling and supporting integration

  • To improve communication statewide about the content area
  • To share knowledge about school improvement and target area goals pertaining to content areas
    • Identify those who could serve as an external leader – etc.
    • Identify materials that would assist in meeting goals
    • Let educators know what other schools are using – Curriculum materials, strategies and assessments,
  • To identify needs of teachers and schools
  • To serve as a point of contact for state level initiatives, issues, etc.
  • To broaden the PreK – 16 perspective

Building capacity:
  • To provide information on best practices, current/relevant research, curriculum, instruction, and assessment – Ideas to enhance and improve from State, national, perspective
  • To facilitate enhancement of the subject area - Trainer of trainers
  • Renew and refresh: – experience and reflect about the content
    • Provide a safe place to learn and grow

Structure of the Cadres – Who – When – Where

Who : Co-Chairs – NDE/ESU
  • Volunteers from ESUs – may change
  • Prefer one from each ESU to provide for geographical representation
  • ESUs may select a school person to represent them in various content areas
    • Allow for flexibility – may be fluid
  • Number that is manageable – 15 - 20

  • Everyone will meet January 19th
  • January will be the kick off meeting
  • This year may also meet in May In the future aim for twice/year
  • Connect with professional organizations
    • Science – October
    • Social Studies - October
    • Math - February
    • Reading - February
  • Connect with ESU dates
    • September
    • November
    • February
    • May

Role of the Co-Chairs:
  • Determine agenda – both agree
  • Facilitate the meeting
  • On-going Communication – internal between chairs before sending on to Cadre members – Share agendas and minutes
  • Co-chairs communicate with other content area cadres – annual review

Co – Chairs:
  • Reading: Kim Larson, Becky Brandl
  • Math: Deb Romanek, Lenny VerMaas
  • Science: Jim Woodland, Sheree Person-Pandil
  • Social Science: Larry Starr, Dave Perkins