Curriculum and instruction are directly linked. Curriculum can be defined as the “roadmap” or design for learning with a focus on the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the 21st century. The instruction is the process by which one may achieve these necessary skills and information.The UMASD Department of Curriculum and Instruction oversees four critical areas in our schools. Here is a brief overview of these areas:
Curriculum: As the facilitator of this department, it is my goal to support our staff in the development and implementation of rigorous,comprehensive and research-based curricula.
Instruction: This department promotes and sustains best practices for instruction that are aligned to the PA Common Core and the District Strategic Plan. Supports for teachers and administrators are ongoing to assure instruction meets the needs of all students.
Assessment: This department facilitates in the development,implementation and scoring of district-wide assessments to help measure the effectiveness of our instructional programs. In addition, we help teachers in data analysis to utilize these assessments to design and revise instruction to meet the needs of all of our students.
Professional Development: The district Professional Development Plan was developed to create a culture of learning. Professional development will be based on sound research and promising practices, and will be part of an approved plan for building educators’ skills over the long term.(PDE, 2009)
I look forward to a comprehensive and thorough partnership with teachers, administrators and community as we work diligently on our strategic plan for the future of UMASD.