Instruction – Priority 7 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 – Instruction: Create a learning community that fosters opportunities that provide for multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression so that all students can be engaged and grow academically and personally.

STRATEGIC PRIORITY – Increase the use of technology to support instructional practices such as PBL and align with ISTE/State digital literacy standards through training, modeling, and other supports.

 

Updates

In grades 6-8, trimester and benchmark assessments aligned to the newly adopted STE MA Framework have been created and administered fro each Industrial Design and Technology course. Student data will be utilized to revise curriculum, if necessary.

In grades 6-8, project based learning units are being developed and implemented in the Industrial Design courses.

In grades 6-8, computer courses are revising curriculum to increase the usage of computer science, computer programming, and introductory robotics.

In grades 6-8, trimester and benchmark assessments aligned to the newly adopted STE MA Frameworks have been created and administered for each Industrial Design and Technology course.  Student data will be utilized to revise curriculum, if necessary.

In grades 6-8, project based learning units are being developed and implemented in the Industrial Design courses.

In grades 6-8, computer courses are revising curriculum to increase the usage of computer science, computer programming, and introductory robotics.

Industrial Design and Technology Engineering courses in grades 6-8 will continue to adapt the curriculum to match the revised 2016 STE Standards and the evolving MCAS assessment through the application of PBL activities, inclusive practices, and a UbD curriculum.

Students in video production courses have participated in state video contests and have been  recognized for completing PBLs on topics ranging from burn prevention to social issues.

District technology committee surveyed parents, staff, and students at the high school to gather information on the implementation of technology plan. Analysis of the data will inform curriculum and professional development offerings for next year.