Curriculum Update and Change to Social Studies Sequence Presented to WHRHS Board of Education
Thursday, December 5, 2013 • 6:49pm
WARREN, NJ - One of the goals the Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education established earlier this year was to develop a set of guiding principles for curriculum and instruction and establish well-articulated learning goals based on analysis of student performance data.
Earlier this year, Superintendent Elizabeth Jewett said, “When I addressed the staff on the first day of school and spoke about all of the new state mandates; teacher evaluations, student growth objectives, PARCC, etc., I had pledged to them that we wouldn’t let these mandates derail our overall purpose and we wouldn’t lose sight of the bigger picture, but, rather, we would use the mandates to our advantage and figure out how we can make them work for us in order to enhance teaching and learning within the context of Watchung Hills.
“I really feel that if we capitalize on this momentum and focus on a long-term plan for curriculum and instruction, there is nothing we won’t be able to accomplish when it comes to meeting student needs."
At Monday's Board of Education meeting, Jewett and Principal George Alexis presented a curriculum update, an authentic assessment update and a compelling explanation of the need to change the Social Studies sequence.
The four main curriculum components are, the mandated standards, action plans, curriculum instruction, and evaluation of progress.
Alexis said, "We want to continue to exceed the standards" with authentic assessments and a focus on critical and creative thinking. Where our students can collaborate and communicate effectively, solve real world problems, understand relevance, strengthen social and emotional intelligence and make ethical choices.
With regard to the change to the Social Studies sequence, Jewett explained that the change is necessary to align to new standards and will occur along with curricular re-alignment to the new US History AP exam to be administered in 2015.
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