Content – Priority 2 Detail

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 – When planning curriculum, continue to emphasize and expand the use of best instructional practices, such as instructional technology, project based learning (PBL), blended learning, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) options to increase student engagement, voice, and ownership STRATEGIC PRIORITY – Continue the development of curriculum maps using UbD, focusing on stage three development, the detailed learning plans. Integrate technology and project based learning into curriculum maps.

 

Updates

New units for science in grades K-5 for physical science are being implemented this year.  The focus of the units supports the use of inquiry based science instruction.

Content facilitators and accomplished staff members in Humanities are using CPT and early release time to revise common assessments to better reflect instructional practices including UDL,PBL, blended learning and other best practices.  The creation and revision of key departmental rubrics is a major focus.

Science units in physical science were revised this spring given feedback from staff. New units for earth science were completed this year and revised based upon staff feedback. Units will be shared with staff at the beginning of the school year in August.