Welcome to the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Page
of our District Website
In Onteora, we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing high-quality and innovative educational programs. Preparing students with 21st-century skills requires a major shift from the traditional education model focused on the increasingly competitive global society, rapid technological advancements and a heightened sense of accountability for performance.
21st Century Learning and Technology Integration
Learning at Onteora is focused on the deep and meaningful study of content areas through innovative practices including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Learning in the 21st century is enhanced through the integration of technology, capitalizing on its potential to transform and modernize the educational environment. Technology often helps to stimulate intellectual curiosity, increase student engagement, and replicate the manner in which students and adults seek information and collaborate in their communication and work.
Onteora’s curriculum is based on the New York State Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). These standards are internationally-benchmarked and evidence-based standards, designed to provide a consistent set of expectations for what students should learn and be able to do. The goal is to ensure that each student is on track for college and career readiness. For more information go to www.engageny.org
Elementary (Grades K-6)
Grades K-6 curriculum has been mapped for all core content areas. This initiative was accomplished through the hard work and dedication of our District elementary teachers working collaboratively to ensure that what is taught at each grade is consistent classroom to classroom and also builds upon previously taught skills. As curriculum maps are “living documents” at the end of each school year, we review, revise, and refine these maps to ensure that we are meeting the learning needs of all of our students always striving to actively engage them in the learning process.
Our teachers created a District Literacy Philosophy statement to guide all District instruction in Literacy.
The core of our District Literacy Philosophy is balanced literacy.
The District has selected the Teacher’s College curriculum to deliver its Literacy program in Grades K-6.
Our elementary math curriculum is aligned to the New York State Learning Standards. We use the envisionsMATH program as a basis for our math instruction in Grades K-6, but supplement this program with many hands-on resources.
Secondary (Grades 7-12)
The curriculum mapping initiative which was started on the elementary level in the 2015-16 school year began in the 2016-17 school year at the secondary level. We are starting with Grades 7&8 English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math and will continue on to the high school level courses.
The philosophy behind all curricula mapping work, regardless of the grade level is:
- To identify our District’s core belief about teaching & learning;
- To provide a safeguard for our students ensuring that we create a parity of learning opportunities that both engage them & meet their diverse learning needs to move them forward on their learning path to be college and/or career ready;
- To create the “lens” we look through as we evaluate materials, programs, activities, and initiatives.
- To ensure our instruction is reflective of research-based best practices;
- To help us to be focused and consistent;
- To allow for the building of skills connecting “what was taught previously” to “what is being taught” and “will be taught;”
This information is being provided in a summarized form. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact my office, or reach out to the appropriate classroom teacher in your child’s building.
Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
(845) 657-6383 X 1012