Curriculum and Instruction

A strong academic program consists of a well-written and aligned curriculum as well as effective delivery of instruction. Comprehensive curriculum development is a major focus of the Rocky Hill Public Schools. Over the last five years, the curriculum has been rewritten at all grade levels and in the core and elective subject areas. Using an on-line curriculum development method entitled A Balanced Curriculum, teachers have collaborated to revise and align curricula to state and national standards. Teachers create pacing guides, unit introductions, significant tasks, and common assessments to ensure that all students, regardless of district school or teacher, are taught the essential standards for that course of study. A Balanced Curriculum enables teachers to analyze their curriculum to make certain that emphasis on standards is balanced so that all standards are effectively instructed. Curriculum is reviewed yearly and continuously revised to reflect changes in standards and students’ instructional needs. The curriculum is available on-line so that teachers are able to access their curriculum documents easily for lesson planning purposes. The curriculum is a living document in Rocky Hill that teachers have created together and use as the basis for all instruction.

Currently, the Common Core Standards are being integrated into the previously revised curriculum in anticipation of the new Smarter Balance Assessment to be administered in 2014-2015. Careful examination of the new standards is the first step in ensuring that a comprehensive curriculum is developed at the level of rigor demanded by the Common Core. Professional development for teachers has been and will continue to focus on the elements of the Common Core as they relate to teaching and learning. In addition to working on the revision of our curriculum, our K-12 District Math and Reading Supervisors work with teachers and administrative staff to explain and demonstrate instructional practices related to these new standards. They model lessons, meet with grade level teams, and coach teachers in research-based teaching practices.

The Scientifically Research Based Intervention approach is implemented in the Rocky Hill Public Schools. All students are provided daily access to the grade-level appropriate curriculum in what is called Tier 1 instruction. Students who are experiencing academic difficulties in Tier 1 receive additional support from intervention teachers. Tier 2 support takes place in a smaller group setting with targeted assistance in students’ areas of difficulty. Students’ progress is monitored closely to make certain that students are benefiting from this instruction. If students are still having difficulty with Tier 2 support, they may receive academic assistance with greater intensity and frequency known as Tier 3 support. The goal is for all students to achieve to their greatest potential and to catch students before they experience failure.

 

For more information regarding Curriculum and Instruction please contact:

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction- Darlene Listro

Executive Assistant- Marsha Malec 

 

Language Arts Coordinator - Mary Schaefer

Math Coordinator- Paige Weaver

Instructional Technology Facilitator- Katie DeLoureiro 

 



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Rocky Hill Public Schools Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Rocky Hill Board of Education prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, military or veteran’s status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation and past or present learning disability, physical disability or mental disorder.  The Rocky Hill Board of Education provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The Rocky Hill Board of Education guarantees compliance under Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments Acts of 1973, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the American with Disabilities Act of 1991 and Connecticut General Statutes 46a-60.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Cathryn G. Riggs, Ph.D.
Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services
761 Old Main St.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
860-258-7705

For further information on non-discrimination, visit: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/about/rgn-hqaddresses.html
for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.