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January 8, 2016

District establishes process for academic program planning and visioning

At the December 16 meeting of the Board of Education, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Lauren Gemmill outlined an integrated process that will be used to ensure the district is continually updating its academic programs in a coordinated manner. This process is captured visually in an infographic that is displayed at the bottom of this page and available here as a PDF.

Two new committees form the centerpiece of this effort: The Instructional Program Advisory Council, or IPAC, which will be charged with developing a Profile of the Niskayuna Graduate, and the District Curriculum and Accessory Council, or DCAC, which will be charged with guiding instructional decisions through working with new and existing committees and program review teams.

The infographic shows how the various components will ultimately inform instructional priorities and program development. Ms. Gemmill shared the infographic at the Board meeting and in a subsequent e-mail to with all faculty members. It is also being discussed at faculty meetings.

Ms. Gemmill said this will be a collaborative effort. The impetus for the overall approach and the infographic is to be sure that as teachers, instructional leaders, and others are asked to serve on various committees, it's clear that their efforts are part of a larger, strategic picture.

"In short, we want to make sure that our program is preparing students for the future and that support, resources and training are aligned to this program," she said. "These new structures and processes will also help ensure that changes are made in a thoughtful and deliberate manner."

The graphic also includes a timeline. The IPAC and DCAC will be established and begin meeting this winter/spring.


Click on the image below to open it as a PDF file.

instructional planning graphic