Planning – Priority 5 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 – Planning: Employ purposeful and deliberate planning that is designed to provide each student the opportunity to achieve a high level of content mastery and skill development.

STRAtegic priority – Continue to provide opportunities to improve cultural awareness and proficiency at the secondary level. Replicate last years’ secondary PD in cultural proficiency for the elementary level. STRATEGIC PRIORITY – Provide professional development that increases capacity to include social emotional learning and culturally proficient instruction when planning.



The November 8th professional development day for the elementary grades was delivered by the Anti-Defamation League and focused on building teachers’ knowledge in relation to cultural proficiency.

The MHS Climate and Culture Committee has met multiple times and began seeking participation and feedback from student representatives.

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

Middle school and high school visual art teachers have worked collaboratively to align the curriculum for a smooth transition between the grade levels and transition from middle to high school art. The middle school will be offering an eighth grade challenge art class in September.