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PACT Charter School
7250 E. Ramsey Parkway
Ramsey, MN 55303
 Secondary Curriculum Committee Description
 Date created: 
 Committee Approval by: 
 Date Approved: Reviewed:
 February 2011;
 September 2016 rev
 SCC  20161013  2016-2017
 SPC  20161027
 BRD  20170105

The Secondary Curriculum Committee (SCC) at PACT Charter School exist as sub-committees of the Secondary Programming Committee (SPC). The primary goal is to support the vision and mission of the school as it applies to curriculum. The committee will work collaboratively, as needed, with the Elementary Curriculum Committee (ECC) to enhance the K-12 academic program.

PACT Mission Statement

To Partner as Parents, Students and Staff to cultivate an academically rigorous environment that challenges students to develop positive character qualities as a foundation for personal and intellectual growth.

PACT Vision Statement

To develop educationally excellent, engaged citizens, who value life-long learning and are committed to making exceptional contributions to their ever-changing world.

 

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE

It is the jointly held responsibility of PACT parents, faculty and staff to review and approve the curriculum materials used in the school.  Curriculum materials can be textbooks, resource books, literature, videos (VCR, DVD, or other formats), music, curriculum related software, audio recordings or other visual and text materials proposed for student use.  “Review” is a process of testing the value, relevance and alignment of curriculum materials in relation to PACT values and standards.

The committee should review and select curriculum and educational materials that provide a rigorous foundation of core academics; align with and support the character traits emphasized in the school; develop critical thinking, study and organizational skills; and contain components that are relevant, cross-curricular, multi-sensory, and differentiated with varied forms of assessment.

This process is defined in the following way:

  1. Review, approve and recommend proposed 7-12 curriculum
  2. Review course documents (new and revised) including class syllabi, common course outlines and learning objectives.
  3. Approve student requests for the Indivdual Study Program.

    See PACT Elementary/Secondary 601 - Curriculum Materials Approval Policy for a definition of the selection and approval process.

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

The Elementary and Secondary Curriculum Committees are governed by the following joint polices and procedures:

601 - Curriculum Materials Approval Policy

601 - Curriculum Materials Approval Procedure

620 - Abstinence, Sex, and Drug Education Policy

 

MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

The committee is open for membership. Anyone is free to attend meetings and participate when recognized by the Chair, but only members may vote.  Membership is either defined by attendance or by appointment. Attendance at three of the last six scheduled meetings constitutes membership and grants voting privileges. Appointed teacher representatives and the Curriculum Accountability Coordinator have immediate membership and may vote. Teachers not appointed to the committee must comply with membership criteria by attendance. The Secondary Program Director acts as participatory advisor and is able to make motions without voting. The Committee Clerk is responsible to maintain the membership roster.

Committee elections are held annually, in the spring. However, should it become necessary, the committee may elect a chairperson at any time during the year. The Chairperson should be a parent. In the event there is no parent willing or able to serve as chairperson, a teacher or staff committee member may be elected. Election of a vice-chair is made at the discretion of the individual committee. The Chair should collaborate with the Curriculum Accountability Coordinator and the Secondary Program Director for input on agenda items and to facilitate the approval process.

 

RESPONISIBILITIES

The committee is authorized by the Secondary Programming Committee to research and review curriculum programs, priorities, and materials for the school.  They may also review the curriculum currently being implemented in order to determine if it is meeting its objectives. Any recommendations made to approve textbooks or major changes in scope and sequence must be reviewed and approved by the Secondary Programming Committee before purchase and implementation.

Committee members will review, evaluate and approve applications, proposals and finished products of curriculum development according to established standards.

Committee members should become familiar with PACT Charter School’s vision and mission. They should be informed on issues through regular attendance or reading the minutes, so that they can play an active role in the committee process; contributing to discussion and volunteering to assist with committee work. Members will sign a Conflict of Interest form annually. These are submitted to and tracked by the Committee Clerk.

Meeting dates must be posted in advance on the school calendar. Meeting dates, times and locations should be included in the PACT Pilot Newsletter and website calendar.

The committee will formulate annual goals and objectives for completing them. These should be aligned with PACT Charter School’s annual academic and non-academic goals, and will be submitted to the Secondary Programming Committee.

The committee shall submit an annual budget request to the Secondary Programming Committee for items under its jurisdiction (curriculum development, curriculum purchase, etc.)

The committee may commission a task force for a specific purpose. Each task force reports back to the committee before any action is taken. Membership should be defined when the task force is formed and can be open or appointed. Task forces are expected to follow the requirements defined in this committee description. Meeting notes should be taken and distributed to task force members, committee chairperson, the Curriculum Accountability Coordinator and Secondary Program Director.  Proposals produced by the task force should be forwarded to the committee chairperson, the Curriculum Accountability Coordinator, and the Secondary Program Director.

When necessary, the committee may review and create policies appropriate for the functioning of the committee, following the 220 - Policy Review Policy and use the Policy Review Schedule. Such policies are subject to approval by the Secondary Programming Committe and the School Board.

Decisions made at the sub-committee or shared committee level may be implemented immediately, but the Secondary Prgramming Committee can suspend implementation and request the sub-committee to reconsider a decision based on additional information.

 

MINUTES

A Committee Clerk is assigned to take minutes for each committee, however in the absence of the Committee Clerk, the committee should temporarily assign a member in attendance to perform this duty. Minutes must be taken of all committee meetings in accordance with the 105 - Document Management Policy.

 

VOTING

A quorum for this committee is at least three members, which must include one parent and one teacher, for votiing members. Each qualifying member of the committee has one vote. A simple majority is required in order to pass any motion.