Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
January 8, 2007
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wisconsin

Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Carol Carstensen at 5 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Ruth Robarts

MEMBERS ABSENT: Shwaw Vang

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Lawrie Kobza, Lucy Mathiak, Arlene Silveira, Johnny Winston, Jr.

STUDENT BOARD MEMBER PRESENT: None

STAFF PRESENT: Mary Gulbrandsen, Jack Jorgensen, Pam Nash, Roger Price, Art Rainwater, Brian Sniff, Marcia Standiford, Ken Syke, Lisa Wachtel, Ann Wilson - Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Ruth Robarts and seconded by Carol Carstensen to approve the Performance and Achievement Committee minutes dated December 18, 2006. Motion unanimously carried by those present.

2. Public Appearances

There were no public appearances.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements, but Ms. Carstensen noted Shwaw Vang is absent this evening due to a death in his family.

4. Math Masters Grant Program

(Written materials provided in advance: PowerPoint presentation, Math Masters Project 2004-2006 - attached to the original copy of these minutes.)

Lisa Wachtel noted the information that will be presented represents the work thus far on a collaborative project between the school district and university math and engineering departments to design professional development addressing middle school teacher content knowledge in mathematics. Brian Sniff, district Mathematics Coordinator, and Terry Millar, UW Assistant Dean - Graduate School, Mathematics, described the project and the work that has been completed. Professor Millar noted the benefits of this project for university faculty members who participated and the value of having mathematicians involved in a project like this at the middle school level.

Courses will be offered again in the spring and there is a plan to involve all middle school teachers during the school day who have not participated in the elective classes, and planning beyond that to include teachers in grades 3-5. As a result of this work, the university has formed a joint committee with the School of Education and MMSD to redesign a new course for future middle school teachers and suggest to the DPI that licensing requirements should be changed for future teachers and the university is ready to provide the needed training.

Art Rainwater noted one of his goals for the coming year is to review the math curriculum and determine whether it meets the needs of children. The university and district feel that the work that results from this review will have far reaching impact and have begun to work together to seek a grant from the National Science Foundation to do a broad, in-depth study of the district's instructional framework for mathematics which could become an important national level case study.

DISCUSSION:

Remuneration for teachers (payment or tuition credits). Schedule for the sessions in the spring. What has been learned from the pre- and post-tests. Teacher learning expectations compared with student learning expectations. Using the collective bargaining agreement as a mechanism to assure more teachers take learning opportunities.

Benefits to university professors to understanding pedagogy and working together with teachers. Positive feedback received from professors.

5. Other Business

There was no other business.

6. Adjournment

It was moved by Ruth Robarts and seconded by Carol Carstensen to adjourn the meeting at 5:47 p.m. Motion unanimously carried by those present.

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