Letter from State Board Comments Viken Hovsepian

State Superintendent of Public Instruction–Delaine Eastin and State Board of Education President Reed Hastings–recently wrote a letter to the Glendale Unified School district Superintendent Jim Brown commending Viken Hovsepian–an award-winning instructional leader–for his valued participation in a statewide leadership effort that has broad ramifications for public education.

The letter stated that with the professional advise of Hovsepian–the accomplishment of many important tasks that face the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission (Curriculum Commission) in the development of standards-based curriculum–instruction–and accountability systems for California public schools–will be possible.

Commissioner Hovsepian serves as the Chair of the Mathematics Subject Matter Committee–and is Vice-Chair of the Electronic Learning Resources Committee. He has been awarded the prestigious Jaime Escalante Mathematics Teaching Award–the Presidential Award in Mathematics & Science Teaching–and has been selected to the All USA 1st Team in Teaching Mathematics.

The Curricular Commission advises the State Board of Education (SBE) in a variety of curricular areas–including the SBE’s responsibility to adopt instructional materials for kindergarten through grade eight–prepare and adopt curriculum frameworks for kindergarten through grade twelve in eight subject areas–and develop important curriculum policies for the California public schools. At the same time–Commissioners are provided the opportunity to enhance their professional endeavors.

The letter also noted some of the key aspects of Commissioner Hovsepian’s tremendous work. Hovsepian is currently participating in the 2002 Reading/Language Arts/English Language Development Adoption that includes basic instructional materials programs and three types of stand alone programs to meet the needs of struggling readers and English learners. He is also near the completion of the final draft of the Science Framework to be presented to the SBE in September 2001–and the draft Health Framework Addendum also to be presented in September 2001. He also began the first phase of the submission of instructional materials for three follow-up adoptions in Science–History-Social Science–and Visual and Performing Arts–that to be completed summer 2002.

Hovsepian has been an active member of the Los Angeles Armenian community for a number of years. He has served as the principal of Mesrobian Armenian School in Pico Rivera–California. He was Chair of the Board of Regents of the Western Prelacy Schools for two years–and a longtime member of various Armenian organizations.

His most recent contribution to the community has been the inclusion of the Armenian Genocide in the curriculum framework for teaching Social Science/History throughout the State of California from Kindergarten through grade 12. Hovsepian worked with Professor Richard Hovannisian of UCLA in formulating an overview of the Genocide–to be taught by history and social studies teachers in every school district throughout the state. The curriculum framework sets the standards that must be adhered to by California public school teachers–and is mandated by the state.

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