On 5/23/18, Steering Committee members of BMORE met with Dr. Sonja Santelises and Dr. Sean Conley, to discuss a variety of topics. We strive to be a transparent organization that informs its membership of its actions, and not just to gain access to power via backroom deals. As such, we've reformatted and organized our notes from the meeting to share publicly.
Overview of the curriculum review rationale and findings:
One of the most striking finding of current materials: when matched the content areas, for African Americans in particular, was the preponderance of history was negative and challenged history – more slavery, Civil War, lynching, but not the Great Migration, Harlem Renaissance, etc; had not qualitatively looked at what that representation had looked like.
Also, emphasized, the need for consistency from school to school, especially because of the great mobility of our students, moving from one school to another, etc.180 schools, not everybody is a charter, and even then everyone is subject to these changes and shifts.
Great Minds/Wit and Wisdom feedback from surveys is educators like the alignment across grades and thought it was rigorous.
EL feedback: Teachers really love the K-2 play component.
BMORE requested that the feedback the district received be shared publicly prior to the vote.
Creating a New History of Baltimore Unit: