Aaron Fischer welcomed us to Esko for our meeting.
2. Announcement of our new Clerk/Administrative Assistant/?
It was announced that the Superintendents have approved this position and have offered to Evan Lembke. Still looking for a good name for the position.
3. Nominations and approval of a Chair-Person
The positions were reviewed by Aaron Fischer in regards to their responsibilities.
This position will be in charge of helping set the agenda as well as run the meetings.
This position would last for a school year.
Matt Winbigler was nominated and accepted the position of Chair.
4. Nominations and approval of a Vice-Chair
This position will assist the Chair-Person in their duties.
They will take over the Chair position the following year.
This position would last for one year.
Nicole Gilbertson was nominated and accepted the position of Vice-Chair.
5. MLK Day Discussions: How should NASC be involved? Are we involved?
Nicole and Sara were in attendance to discuss the Gathering of Great Minds (GGM) inservice.
They are currently struggling finding presenters, specifically with new topics. There are currently only 35 sessions, usually there are 90.
Every topic is not well attended.
The focus is on meeting all of the teacher licensure areas.
Roundtable discussions are becoming more popular.
Schedules and outside presenters are in place.
Planning usually starts in October.
Keynote speaker is booked in the spring.
There has been a lot of Technology sessions in previous years.
Staff need to be encouraged to share their projects/activities/knowledge.
Looking at possibly using the second open session (currently occupied by the Keynote speakers 2nd session) as a possible Edcamp or Expo (Poster session) for next year.
If needed, NASC can setup and run an EdCamp for one of the sessions to help.
Could possibly use the attendance lists from popular October EdCamp sessions to help identify relevant topics.
GGM committee members were wondering if EdCamp facilitators would get paid. The general consensus was that they do not get paid. This year people are expecting SAGA sessions and to get paid for those sessions.
Ballie Waugh is on both the GGM an NASC committees, so she will report back and forth.
It was recommended to have one of the GGM Chairs be part of the NASC committee. This was agreed to by all and will be sent on to the Superintendents.
6. New Initiatives: This is an open discussion for any district that would like to share new ideas or programs.
Most districts do not have a curriculum alignment process. Some align by content, some by grade.
Is there a benefit to have a curriculum mapping repository? This was received well and there appears to be a need. Each school is encouraged to go back and find out if their maps are accessible. Send these maps and curriculum to Evan for compilation.
We can use this group to lobby for better pricing on resources.
7. What do we want to focus on for this year?
Standards Based - I Can Statements
Each district has been asked to go back and check with their staff to see where they are at with the three above focus’. These will be discussed at the next meeting.
8. Other items
It was brought up that it would be very beneficial to have all the districts on the same curriculum review schedule. That would allow districts to share and benefit from each others progress and possibly save on purchases.
January 12, 2017 @Cromwell - 12:30pm
Barnum - Randi Lembke, Kristen Helland, Nicole Biondich (GGM Committee), Evan Lembke
Carlton - Ballie Waugh
Cromwell - Tim Stark, Jesse Wahlin
Cloquet - Matt Winbigler, Michelle Brenner
Esko - Jennifer Hoffmann, Tammy Thornton, Aaron Fischer, Sara Hipp (GGM Committee)
Moose Lake - Billie Jo Steen
Wrenshall - Pamela Niesen, Nicole Gilbertson
Willow River - Tana Mack, Nikki Mollis