Curriculum Corner

Westwood Heights School District January 2016

Holiday Cheer at McMonagle Elementary

The United Way donation, in an effort to support literacy at the elementary, was a huge success!

Santa visited all Kindergarten thru Third grade classes, with each student receiving two books to take home over the holiday break.

Thank You:

Mr. Fykes - volunteering as Santa

National Honor Society/Varsity Cheerleaders - wrapping books for 215 students

Professional Learning Opportunities at GISD

December 2015 and January 2016

Supporting a Vision of Instruction Consistent with A Framework for K-12 Science Education


January 2016

Tuning Up Classroom Assessments

January 12 and January 19


  • How confident are you that your current assessments are tightly aligned with the new Common Core State Standards?
  • How confident are you that your current assessments are rigorous enough to assess students at the appropriate depth of knowledge?
  • How confident are you that your current assessments are of high quality and produce valid results?


WWH School District: Teacher attendance from all buildings

Upcoming Cross-Content Curriculum Work at Hamady High School

In February, Social Studies and ELA Teachers are scheduled to work together on developing a plan for Disciplinary Literacy


What Is Disciplinary Literacy?

To be truly college- or career-ready, students must be able to

perform tasks such as “analyze the relationship between a

primary and secondary source on the same topic” (CCSS.ELALITERACY.

RH.6-8.9) or “translate quantitative or technical information

expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words” (CCSS.ELALITERACY.RST.9-10.7). These kinds of skills are specialized, and

each content area brings its own set of literacy demands.

WWH District Improvement Meeting

February 17, 2016

4:30-7:00

Obama Signs Every Student Succeeds Act


Education Week explains each component briefly.



Obama Signs ESSA, Calling Its Passage A “Christmas Miracle.”

USA Today (12/11, Korte) reports President Obama “reversed course on federal education policy” on Thursday when he signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, which will “curtail the federal government’s role” in K-12 education and “allow states to set their own standards.” USA Today calls the new law “a turnaround from 14 years of federally directed education policy that began with” the No Child Left Behind Act. Addressing the controversy that Education Secretary Arne Duncan has stirred in implementing Federal education policies, President Obama said, “Sometimes, in the nicest possible way, he’s gotten on people’s nerves because he’s pushed them and prodded them. Had he not been, I believe, as tenacious as he was, we wouldn’t have had such a good product here today.”

What's New in the English Language Arts Department

The ELA group has been involved in a pilot project with a new resource called Collections. The resource provides students:
  • Active and engaged learning with a blended digital and print approach
  • Balance of complex texts with collections of fiction, nonfiction, and informational
  • Deeper learning through enhanced collaboration with interactive digital tools

Spring 2016 Assessment Schedule

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