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Challenging Curriculum and Organizational Structures. Oct. 23, 2013 Jesse White. PA Core Standards. Districts are realigning curriculum Many new teachers will be teaching a course while they are writing the curriculum Teachers won’t teach the same curriculum for 20 years, constantly changing

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Pa core standards
PA Core Standards

  • Districts are realigning curriculum

    • Many new teachers will be teaching a course while they are writing the curriculum

    • Teachers won’t teach the same curriculum for 20 years, constantly changing

  • Core Standards – Changes to the curriculum

Literacy in the core standards
Literacy in the Core Standards

  • New requirements for types of reading

    • 50% of materials read at the middle school level should be non-fiction or informational text

    • 70% at the high school level

Science and social studies in the core standards
Science and Social Studies in the Core Standards

  • Both subject areas have reading and writing core standards that must be taught

    • Many teachers feel they lack the content knowledge to be able to instruct reading and writing

Math in the core standards
Math in the Core Standards

  • Increased Rigor

    • Real life problems

    • Application of skills

  • Many materials shifted down to a grade lower than they were previously taught

Real world application of standards
Real World Application of Standards

  • A goal in the all subject areas is to focus instruction on college and career readiness

    • Apply the material being learned

    • HW

      • Not 40 skill review problems

      • 5 higher level application problems

Response to instruction and intervention rtii
Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTII)

  • RTII is a multi-step school improvement approach to provide early academic and behavioral supports to struggling students rather than waiting for a child to fail before offering help. (

Challenging curriculum and organizational structures

  • Data analysis

    • All students will be expected to make curricular decisions based on data from assessment results

      • Standardized tests, benchmark assessments, common assessments

Challenging curriculum and organizational structures

  • Benchmark assessments for all students

    • Gathers data to compare all students

  • Flexible Groupings

    • Students are placed in different intervention groups depending on scores on benchmark assessments

  • Special intervention time in the schedule

    • Each teacher will have a group of students during the intervention period to teach a skill at their level of instruction

    • Teachers may have students that are not in any of their classes

  • RTII instruction

    • Data driven instruction

Curriculum cycle
Curriculum Cycle

  • Constant Refinement

    • Curriculum is no longer developed and used for many years

      • Aspects of the curriculum are constantly refined

      • Common Assessment, Pacing, Unit Plans

    • Curriculum adjusted for strengths of students in the class

    • Curriculum adjusted for results of common assessments

Textbooks are tools
Textbooks are tools

  • The curriculum is written based on standards

    • Textbook is used to instruct on standards included

    • Supplemental materials need to be used for standards not included in the textbook


  • Teaming

    • Grade level teams

      • Cross curricular projects

      • Problem solving student concerns

    • Subject area teams

      • Curriculum revisions

      • Comparing assessment data

    • Meetings

      • Active participant

Whole child
Whole Child

  • Character Education

  • Clubs

Building a positive environment
Building a Positive Environment

  • Getting to know each student

    • Interests

    • Attending events (music, band, etc.)

  • Contact with parents

    • Make positive phone calls

    • Send parents information about assignments

    • Positive relationships with parents are essential

New teacher evaluation system
New Teacher Evaluation System

  • 4 categories

    • Observation

    • School Data

    • Teacher Data

    • Elective Data

New teacher evaluation system1
New Teacher Evaluation System

  • Teacher and school data

    • Based on PSSA and PVAAS results

      • PSSA

        • The level the student scores is factored into the rating

      • PVAAS

        • Projected level of achievement for a student

        • Students scoring at the projected level count as a positive

        • Students scoring below the projected level count as a negative

          • Teachers must differentiate


  • Meeting the learning needs of every student

    • Teachers need to use assessment data to decide what students need

    • To improve the teacher and school rating all students must score at least what the state projects