Instruction – Priority 1 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 – Build the capacity of staff to embed multiple means of action and expression in learning plans to increase content mastery and skill proficiency for each student.



District walkthrough teams are currently completing one of two walkthroughs of every school. Teams of six to nine educators visit 7 to 12 classrooms at each school. The focus of inquiry for this year is, “What evidence is there that presentation of content is designed to meet students’ varied educational and developmental needs?”

Train additional staff on district walkthrough process and protocols in January.

The Visual Arts Department at the high school  level is implementing digital portfolios in all courses.

The Visual Arts Department at the high school has created and embedded several instructional videos in Google Classroom and a YouTube Channel.

Teachers in the ELA and Social Studies Departments 6-12 are continuing work that will engage students in the analysis of text and visual thinking skills across the curriculum.

The Wellness Department increased the number of teachers that can teach Mentors in Violence Prevention.

Elementary Visual Art teachers will complete a fourth grade STEAM unit.