Schmeider Selected for Panel

  • Sayville English Department Chairman Ed Schmieder Appointed to College Board’s Advisory Panel

    The College Board has honored Sayville English Department Chairperson Edward Schmieder by selecting him to serve on a content-and-curriculum advisory panel for a newly envisioned Grade 6-12 program. Initially, the Advisory Panel for English Language Arts will meet, discuss, and review designs and materials that forward the educational goals of the College Boards’s instructional programs. In addition, the Panel will gather insights and feedback on the program’s vision, and then offer a set of initial design proposals for updated curriculum components.

    In her letter inviting Mr. Schmieder to the panel, Beth Hart, The College Board’s Senior Director: Humanities Curriculum and Instruction, explained.” The Grades 6-12 program will ensure that curricular content and instruction are focused, articulated, and implemented in a way that allows all students to build subject-specific knowledge and skills while they develop a core set of college/career ready capabilities and to practice them and apply them in different contexts.  These core skills are measured by the College Board’s college and career readiness assessment system and are essential for students to be on track for participation in one or more AP courses.”

    Mr. Schmieder will share his expertise with other members of the panel who represent middle and high schools, state and district leaders, as well as higher-education institutions. In an effort to transform student performance, the new Grades 6-12 program will design classroom assignments and assessments and teacher supports for the rigorous courses. “The College Board’s proposed instructional program,” Ms. Hart continued, “for Grades 6-12 addresses a significant educational imperative: increasing the number of students who are ready for college and career, and/or for success in one of more Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses during high school.”

    Finding this appointment very gratifying both personally and professionally, Mr. Schmieder expects “that this will be extraordinarily enriching. Working with educators, drawn from across the country and across the spectrum of American education, will both broaden and deepen my understanding of 6-12 literacy education. And in my capacity as the English chairperson here in Sayville, I will have the committee’s collective wisdom and pedagogical expertise to share with teachers and administrators. I like being that kind of messenger because I know that ultimately the best ideas and practices will filter directly to our kids, our students.”

    Congratulating Mr. Edward Schmieder (center) on his appointment are Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Dr. John Stimmel (left) and Superintendent of Sayville Schools Dr. Walter Schartner (right).

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