The choosing and/or developing of any curriculum can be a highly political act. It represents the spoken and unspoken values of any educational organization and the extent to which the student’s needs are valued and met. It is important to take what we teach our students and how we teach very seriously.
As an organization, we will continuously seek new ways to improve our instructional programs by developing curriculum and instructional practice that best meet the needs of our current and future students throughout the WSESU.
We understand that the most important event during any school day is the interaction between a student and his or her teachers and peers. As we move into the 21st Century, it is important that we consider the type of world that our students will navigate and live in. We cannot provide a 20th Century model of instruction to our students if we want them to be successful and self-actualized in the 21st Century.
Therefore, it is important that we as educators adapt our practices and systems to meet the needs of our current students, and prepare for the needs of our future students. School and district administration must seek input from teachers, parents, and the community as we attempt to identify and provide high quality professional development for all of our support staff, teachers, and administrators.
English Language Arts
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- Art, Music, & Media Maps K-12
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WSESU and Vermont’s Vision for Quality Professional Development
Quality professional development has the power to increase an educator’s knowledge of academic content and teaching skills, all while changing what the educator believes about student learning and how they interact with each student. Powerful professional development can transform a school into a place where all adults and students are deeply engaged in learning and making meaning of their lives. Specifically this means that:
The entire school community, including teachers, administrators, school board, parents, and community members, acknowledge that ongoing professional learning is essential to student success.
- All WSESU schools have comprehensive professional development plans that are aligned with the SU plan based upon student learning data which will strengthen educator knowledge of content and teaching skills enabling the school to meet student learning and improvement goals.
- All educators have individual professional development plans based upon student learning data linked to student learning and school improvement plan goals.
- Professional development is focused, developmentally appropriate, ongoing, sustained over time, and progressive.
- Professional development experiences are varied and collaborative, including practice of new knowledge and skills with feedback and reflection.
- Professional development is regularly evaluated to ensure experiences are high quality. Learning is research based and meets plan goals.
- Learning from professional development is shared among staff and supported through coaching and supervision and evaluation.
- Professional development is planned, implemented, and evaluated in accordance with Vermont’s Professional Development Standards found here.
For the 2016-17 school year, most students in most schools will be using standards-based report cards. These report cards reflect an evaluation of skills and concepts progress based on current level of expectations. The report card standards are based on the common core state standards for ELA, Writing, and Math; Next-Generation Science Standards; and the VTGLEs and National standards for the other content areas. Students are measured along on a continuum of 1-4 based on how well they perform against these standards. Transferable Skills, which were piloted last year in 6th grade, will now be fully implemented. You can find important information about Transferable Skills by clicking here. A teacher committee, with representation from all schools, will meet throughout the 2016-17 school year to bring recommendations to the admin council. One of the recommendations from that committee, endorsed by the admin council, will be to move to parent portal-only reporting for next school year (2017-18), piloting this school year at Windsor Schools for grades 7 & 8. More info to follow on this page as we get closer.
Kindergarten - Sample / Teacher Guide
First Grade - Sample / Teacher Guide
Second Grade - Sample / Teacher Guide
Third Grade - Sample / Teacher Guide
Fourth Grade - Sample / Teacher Guide
Fifth Grade - Sample / Teacher Guide
Sixth Grade - Sample / Teacher Guide
Seventh Grade - Sample / Teacher Guide (except Weathersfield School; Windsor piloting portal-only for grades 7 & 8)
Skills and concepts progress based on current level of expectation
4 - Exceeds expectations and extends learning
3 - Meets expectations consistently and independently
2 - Making progress toward expectations
1 - Does not meet expectations