FLC Meeting Minutes 05.17.17
May 17, 2017
Foreign Language Committee Meeting Minutes
May 17, 2017
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
= As Germantown Municipal Schools continues to develop, a thorough analysis of our foreign language programs will be conducted. GMSD is forming a new committee to explore the options to expand programs.
= A team of dedicated foreign language educators from middle and high school have been assembled, along with a panel of administrators, to represent their peers and colleagues in the process.
= Germantown community members were also invited to serve on this committee. GMSD administration in partnership with school level leadership will provide feedback to the Academic Advancement team.
o Germantown Municipal School District Staff
= Melissa Hurt, Instructional Supervisor, serving as the Chairperson of this Committee
= Dr. Meredith Park, Director of Academics
= Kate Crowder, Communications
o Germantown Municipal School Board Liason
= Amy Eoff
o School Level Administration
= Michelle Bardos, Riverdale School
= Ashley Brasfield, Farmington Elementary
= Heather Fisher, Dogwood Elementary
= Jessica Woody, Houston Middle School
o Foreign Language Teachers
= Dr. Abigail Simone, Houston High School
= Angela Darder, Riverdale
= Katie Riley, Houston Middle
o Community Members
= Tatyana Rawla, Farmington
= Dana Eckenhoff, Riverdale
Role of the Committee
o Gain an understanding of current programs at each school and collect feedback from our schools and the community
o Roles of the committee are established:
= Immediate voice of the community
= Develop community survey
= Review community feedback via survey results
District Administration divides the groups into parent/school administrator/teacher/district staff quartets for the guided discussion.
o Parents/Community Members are asked to share their current experience and impressions with the foreign language program in the district.
o Teachers were asked to share information about the current programs in their schools.
o School Administrators were asked to share the impacts of foreign language on scheduling.
Chairperson shows the historic and current foreign language opportunities in our schools.
Academic Advancement shares department vision of “equitable educational opportunities” in developing a high quality programs—making sure that children across schools have the same options and availabilities.
o Survey development will occur via meetings and email after the summer.
= Members will submit possible questions which will be shared with the group
= At next meeting, the first objective will be to discuss any survey questions.
= It is agreed to release the survey after back-to-school events have concluded.
= Next meeting, will therefore be scheduled for Fall of 2017.