2016- 2017 Curriculum Update
Elementary (Grades K-6)
Grades K-6 curriculum was mapped in both Math and Literacy last school year. 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.
Elementary Literacy (Grades K-6)
Our teachers created a District Literacy Philosophy statement to guide the mapping work they did.
The core of our District Literacy Philosophy is balanced literacy. Click here to see the completed Balanced Literacy Framework.
The District has selected the Teacher’s College curriculum to deliver its Literacy program in Grades K-6.
Elementary Math (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.
Secondary (Grades 7-12)
The curriculum mapping initiative which was started on the elementary level in the 2015-16 school year will begin 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