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Our Vision for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
We believe that every single student in the Bedford Central Schools should experience “school the way it ought to be” through a curriculum that inspires students to think, create, and problem solve, teaches students that each is smart in different ways, promotes deep thinking, anchors and launches future learning, and above all, causes students to “get their fingernails dirty” experiencing real-world, real-life, authentic, meaningful, rigorous, challenging, motivating and transformative learning every single day...Click here to read more...
This office is responsible for the PreK-12 instructional program and for the coordination of professional development to provide continuous education and instructional support to the district’s professional staff. Examples of the work of this office include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Development and implementation of a curriculum review cycle for all academic disciplines, including periodic program review and evaluation, curriculum revision, and program selection.
- Articulation of the elementary, middle, and high school instructional programs and coordination of instructional and curricular support to administrative staff and classroom teachers.
- Preparation and analysis of the annual Student Performance Report, along with ongoing curriculum-based assessments, to inform decision making.
- Management of state and federal grants, coordination of all program improvement projects and professional development activities including conference attendance and consultancies.
- Administration and analysis of national, state, and district assessments.
- Planning and coordination of a variety of innovative programs to accelerate and maximize student learning during and beyond the school day and year.
- Coordination of the Annual Professional Performance Review process for staff, the goal setting, supervision, evaluation, and professional learning cycle that promotes continuous improvement across the district.
2015-2016 Projects and Initiatives
Our work as a district is organized into several major categories, many of which intersect with curriculum and instruction. Our 2015-16 projects and initiatives are organized and described according to these categories below. For more detail, please visit our website at www.bcsdny.org/curriculum.
Every Student: Learning, Equity and Access
- We have moved into year four of the AVID program, adding new eighth and ninth grade cohorts to our continuing group, now extending through grade twelve. AVID, Advancement through Individual Determination, targets capable but under-performing students and supports them with skills, strategies and supports to access the highest levels of coursework and begins the college planning process early.
- With several years of implementation of both Response to Intervention (RTI) and the Common Core Learning Standards, this year it is time to step back and gauge our progress, and where we need to retool and revisit our practices and approaches. In partnership with the Special Education Department, we will be conducting a self-evaluation and process review with an eye toward strengthening core instruction in all classrooms, and progressively intense supports for students in need. This will involve the RTI teams in every building along with the District RTI Steering Committee.
Academic Repertoire and Practice
- Continuing our implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards, we are entering the fourth year of our K-5 math program, Math in Focus, making this the very first group of third graders that has been exposed to this program and these standards all the way through their schooling. At the high school level, this marks the final year of phasing in Common Core math courses with the changes to Algebra 2. We are also focusing intensely on writing this year, having undertaken significant revisions to our writing units K-5, and writing portfolio in middle and high school. We are emphasizing both a greater quantity of writing, and a stronger and better articulate continuum of writing practice K-12. Please visit our web site for more information.
- Assessing student learning is an important level for improvement, and BCSD is again participating in two assessment project- the PNW BOCES Teaching is The Core Grant Consortium and the Tri-States Performance Assessment Design Initiative, both of which support our teachers to develop capacity for learner-centered practices in assessment. During these projects, educators will design, review and implement new performance-based assessments that more authentically engage students in learning while providing information about their learning.
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