Curriculum Corner

Spring 2020

It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint!

We really gained a lot of momentum with our curriculum initiative at the beginning of the school year. With the help of our district curriculum coaches, we trained over a 100 teachers between August 2019 and March 2020.

Eighty percent of our teachers have been trained on the UbD framework and the Rubicon platform. We also were able to provide release time for teachers to engage in work sessions to map out their curriculum and redesign assessments.

Once teachers have been trained on the first stage of the UbD framework, they will then focus on connecting CTE with the 3 levels of learning in UbD and develop assessments with a UbD focus.

Transitioning to Remote Instruction

On March 13th (district in-service day), teachers spent the day sharing resources and moving their curriculum content over to Google Classroom. Ms. Labas, Assistant Principal of Curriculum, reached out to our tech savvy teachers to help support staff get up and running. A huge shout out to Dan Malloy and Megan Colangelo for leading the charge!

District curriculum coaches met with their departments asking teaching to reflect and review their curriculum.

  • How much time do we have left?
  • What units need to be covered?
  • What standards are a priority?

Teachers noted these chances to better capture remote instruction. They engaged in long term planning by unit and created unified resources. They look forward to conducting a gap analysis by reviewing standards coverage.

Curriculum Super Stars!

Congratulations to the following teachers who have been working tirelessly to update their curricular unit plans and resources in Rubicon/Atlas:

Alex Carbajal (BTHS): IB Spanish

Steve Godkin (CHS): Physics

Jaime VanderVelde (CHS): Creative Writing

Bill Clark & Emily Crelin (CHS): Freshman Seminar

John Elfers (CLASS): Physical Science

Patrick McLean & Marina Shalom (CLASS): Integrated Math

Kevin Kudatzky (CLASS): Creative Art

Jess Godkin (MAST): Physics

Chris Barnes (MAST): SUPA Math

Maria Arnao (Career Center): Food Services

John Kostu (Career Center): Baking

Darin Muly (Culinary Center): Basic Food Prep 2

Online Curriculum PD Opportunities from Rubicon/Atlas

Tuesday, May 26th, 11am

This is an online event.

Prioritize Curriculum Goals: Transitioning to Online Instruction

Register for this workshop and additional summer workshops here: Curriculum Virtual Workshop.

Summer PD Opportunities

Tuesday, Aug. 25th, 8am


Dr. Hite will be providing a 1/2 day session for teachers who have already received the initial UbD training. Whether this workshop will be held in person or virtually is TBD.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Looking Ahead & Preparing for 2020-2021

As we look ahead, it's crucial that we continue to discuss our learning priorities while ensuring the curriculum is horizontally/vertically aligned as well as inclusive. This is a great place to start when auditing curriculum for access and equity. The NYC Culturally Responsive Scorecard is another great tool to use when auditing curriculum & classroom libraries.

Priorities for the curriculum team will include providing professional development on delivering distance learning and social-emotional supports and curating distance learning materials to ensure that only the highest-quality products are used. We will also continue to ask many questions as we educate our students during this new normal:

  • Which focus standards and key skills from the prior grade level should be reviewed and/or re-taught?
  • What are the best online assessment tools for our students?
  • How can we keep students engaged while also ensuring the curriculum is aligned & rigorous?
  • How can we bring active learning into the remote learning realm?
  • How will we regain lost learning time?
  • How can we address our students' social and emotional well-being from afar?
  • What strategies can be used by teachers to scaffold students around standards or skills that may have been missed without reducing the rigor of grade-level content?