Vision – We engage all students in learning, raising the aspirations of all students by embracing them in a learning environment designed to meet the needs of all learners. We provide a comprehensive curriculum aligned with state and national standards that challenges and prepares all learners from Pre K to 12 and beyond. The curriculum is research-based and consistently integrates best practices to provide a focus that is aligned horizontally and vertically across all grades and addresses the needs of all students. The Melrose Public Schools employs highly-qualified teachers and administrators who engage students in a positive and dynamic manner, are student-focused, and work individually and collaboratively to effectively deliver instruction and assessment and advance student performance in all areas of learning. (excerpt: Melrose Public Schools Strategic Plan 2010-2015)
Theory of Action – If educators plan instruction with clear learning objectives, develop a culture and climate that fosters strong relationships within the school community, design a current and well-articulated curriculum, and apply the best instructional practices, then teaching and learning will advance and realize high levels of growth and personal success for all learners.
Strategic Objective – Content and Curriculum: Provide deep, rigorous, and culturally inclusive content that fosters the development of higher-level thinking skills and supports the attainment of college and career readiness for each student.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY – Embed multiple means of representation that reflect appropriate national and state standards depth of knowledge scaffolding, and 21st century skills into all content areas Pre K to 12.
Prerequisite training in Universal Design for Learning has begun. Professional development in UDL needs to precede adaptations to curriculum maps and UbD units.
Elementary and Secondary Performing Arts teachers are currently in the process of creating Performance Indicators for Standards in competency based education mapping with Great School Partnership.
Wellness teachers are in the process of creating Performance Indicators for Standards in competency based education mapping with Great School Partnership.
An online 10 hour course was developed and implemented to focus on UDL and ELLs.
District team of six staff participated this winter in a Mass Focus Academy on UDL and Engagement. From the training, a one day overview of the material will be shared this summer. In addition, plans are underway for sharing the material next year with staff.