Curriculum News

Summer Curriculum Update 2021

The Curriculum Department completed a number of activities this past summer in preparation for the new school year.  Projects have been on-going since school was let out in June and will continue through the end of September.  Supervisors, teachers and administrators have worked hard to enhance our instructional program offerings for students in the 2021-2022 school year and transition back to in person instruction.

Curriculum Projects
Several curriculum development projects took place this summer, including:

  • Finalization of curriculum revisions for World Language and Science, anticipated board adoption in September;

  • Development of Spanish units of study (grades K-2), revision of Spanish units of study (Grades 3-5) to reflect new primary grade emphasis;

  • Revision of Science 3 Dimensional assessment tasks in grades 3-4;

  • Revision of Science implementation guides in grades K-8 to incorporate opportunities for instruction on climate change, including newly developed protocols;

  • Finalization of curriculum revisions for Mathematics, anticipated board adoption in the fall, along with final stage of enVision Math implementation;

  • Development of Math Implementation Guides at grades 2, 4, 6 and 7;

  • Enhancement of Math Implementation Guides at grades K, 1, 3 and 5;

  • Development of math curriculum guides to reflect alignment with the DLM Essential Elements, targeting students with the most significant cognitive disabilities;

  • Revision of literacy protocols for grades K-8, including One School, One Book protocols for September implementation;

  • Development of Character Matters-Bullying Prevention Supplemental Resource;

  • Refinement of Reader’s Workshop protocols around grade specific touchstone texts;

  • Development of Guided Reading Diversity Resource Guides for Grades 5, 7 and 8;

  • Refinement of Guided Reading Diversity Resource Guide for Grade 6;

  • Initiation of revisions to the Enrichment Triad Model, along with refinement of G & T units for supplemental pull-out program;

  • Initiation of revisions to VPA curriculum to address updated standards, with emphasis on new discipline of Media Arts;

  • Revision of VPA units of study in elementary, including the development of an Innovation Unit for library-media;

  • Development of ETSD Operational Plan for Summer Evaluations;

  • Development of presentations for September In-service Days and Paraprofessional Orientation;

  • Refinement of Teacher Evaluation System Supports for turn-key training at the building level; and

  • Development of turn-key training for state’s Start Strong Assessment for September administration.

Professional Development Professional development projects have also been implemented in a variety of areas to meet the needs of our students and staff, including:

  • Tier III coordinators participated in articulation meetings to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, professional development focused on differentiated instruction.

  • Responsive Classroom Facilitators met to plan 2021-2022 initiatives, professional development targeted on kindness, self-care, and cultural responsiveness.

  • Elementary and Middle School Professional Learning Community Facilitators participated in articulation meetings to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year.  Professional development targeted learning acceleration, with opportunities to rebound utilizing high impact instructional strategies and data analysis (PLC+).

  • Technology Coaches participated in articulation meetings to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, professional development focused on authentic technology integration.

  • Math Coaches participated in articulation meetings to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, professional development targeted on problem solving and enhancing classroom discussions through discourse.

  • School AED Team training in both CPR and AED as part of bi-yearly certification requirements.  

  • ActivPanel Basics for teachers receiving new boards in summer/fall or who were unable to previously attend a summer session.

  • New classroom teachers participated in Literacy, Mathematics, Responsive Classroom and Technology Institutes in August, as well as New Teacher Orientation.

  • Reopening training related to mental health, SEL and curriculum updates on September 1st.

  • Teacher training in SAVVAS for updated Social Studies resources in Grades 6 and 7. 

  • Initial enVision math training for grade 8.

  • All staff received mandated opening day training on September 2nd, with updated health and safety practices.

  • Middle school technology teachers will participate in PLTW training this fall.

  • Special education teachers, intervention specialists and teacher assistants will participate in Leveled Literacy Intervention, Project Read, SPIRE, and iReady training in the fall, as needed.

  • General Education teachers in grades 1-5 and Special Education teachers in grades 1-8 will participate in Benchmark Assessment System training, as needed, in the fall.

  • Reading Recovery Teacher training for six teachers, one in district, and five out of district (fee-based training).

As always, the summer was a very busy time for the Curriculum Department.  Teachers and administrators are looking forward to putting into practice the many things that have been accomplished this summer in the upcoming school year!

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