Curriculum & Instruction In Support of Equity

The district has established specific goals and is taking steps to ensure that our Curriculum and Instruction are supporting all our students.

Goals
  • Ensure our students receive a culturally responsive curriculum in all schools from grades Pre-K to 12
  • Build our capacity for curriculum development and instructional practices through the lens of equity and cultural responsiveness

Action Steps
  • Adopt the three tiered structure "Know Yourself, Know Your Students, Know Your Practice" to establish a common understanding of Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Develop a "Roadmap to Becoming Culturally Responsive Educators" that provides teachers and leaders with a common set of resources to guide our work
  • Continue to facilitate communication between the REAL sub-committee, the K-12 Curriculum Cabinet, and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to ensure a thoughtful and coordinated approach

Implementation

  • Members of the K-12 Curriculum Cabinet will use the "Roadmap to Becoming Culturally Responsive Educators" to share various resources to support teacher and leader learning.
  • The Roadmap document will be reviewed and curated by the REAL Curriculum sub-committee, with the goal of improving the format/layout in preparation for sharing a user-friendly document by late Spring 2019.
  • The Performance Matters data management system will be explored as a way to support our work.
  • A Staff representative from Special Education will join the Curriculum sub-committee.
  • The Lens for Instruction document will guide our focus on the instructional core in order to consider the essential question: To what extent do students carry the cognitive load? In addition, educators will consider a handful of key domains to increase the academic performance of underperforming students and will compile strategies and practices that best bridge the gaps in content-specific literacy skills.
  • Evaluators will be provided with a list of "Look Fors" to use in providing feedback to educators.
  • By May 2019, the K-12 Curriculum Cabinet will begin working with SLT to develop a coordinated approach to the development of culturally responsive curriculum.

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