HPS Secondary Curriculum Updates
2022-2023 Curriculum Initiatives
The HPS Strategic Plan outlines several areas of focus related to curriculum and instruction, in support of our district's mission to cultivate innovative, equitable, and inclusive learning environments. The following newsletter highlights strategic progress towards initiatives at HMS and HHS, as we continue to evolve and strengthen our academic program through aligned, high-quality PK-12+ curriculum, innovative research-based practices, and data-informed instruction.
New HMS Science Units
This fall, HMS science students have been actively exploring scientific phenomena during classroom pilots of the OpenSciEd curriculum. OpenSciEd is an innovative, research-based, high-quality curriculum that is aligned with the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The lessons actively engage students in science talks, the collection and analysis of scientific data, and design of solutions to real-life problems. This cohesive and spiraling curriculum will lay a strong foundation for future scientific endeavors.
Democratic Knowledge Project
ELA Literature Circles
HMS Math Pilots
Grade 6 math students are currently piloting iReady Diagnostic assessments and the MyPath personalized digital instruction tool, with iReady also being used for targeted supports in Grades 7 and 8. Additional curriculum pilots are on-going in select Grade 7 and 8 classes, including pilot of the DESMOS curriculum. DESMOS is an engaging technology based curriculum that is UDL designed and built off of the Illustrative Math model. Additionally, Gr. 6-12 math teachers are participating in professional development centered in the standards for mathematical practice.
In mid-November, eighteen Hingham educators attended the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) national conference in Boston. Participants will share new approaches, activities, and materials gathered from the conference with their colleagues. This work supports the efforts by the World Language department to review and update curricula to align with the new Massachusetts Frameworks for World Language. These updated curriculum frameworks include a focus on social justice and social emotional learning, which will allow us to better meet the needs of all students.
Fine Arts--Music Notes
Our HHS music team is piloting three new non-performing electives this year, including Intro to Piano, Songwriting and Music Appreciation: Learning to Listen. Through these elective offerings, we hope to offer students a variety of ways to engage with music beyond the traditional large ensemble program experience.
SECOND STEP CURRICULUM
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