Content – Priority 4 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 – Continue to implement the recommendations of the Social Studies/History Program review, including sequence for K-5 and the development of UbD planning in K-12. Expand the use of primary source documents, focusing on inquiry based learning, in order to improve the content and mastery of Social Studies in K-12.



In grades K-5, the program review called for the piloting of text and materials. Because of the lack of funding for materials, Grades K-5 staff have focused on the implementation of the curriculum units developed in 2015-16 in the classroom within existing resources and materials.

The district via SEEM has applied and received a Library of Congress grant to support STEAM professional development focused on the use of primary resources. Professional development is currently being planned for this coming summer.

Humanities department members are developing or revising PBL opportunities for learners, creating or improving on departmental rubrics, and focusing on the use of additional primary source documents in classroom instruction.

Social Studies department members 6-12 are revising and augmenting current research and document based question writing opportunities and the rubrics used to assess those assignments to increase writing expectations for students enrolled in core and elective courses.

Three off site professional development offerings have been planned for this summer to focus on the use of primary source and inquiry. Location of the professional development include the Museum of Fine Arts, DeCordova Museum, and the World War II Museum.