Welcome to the Plymouth Public Schools Curriculum & Instruction pages!
A “guaranteed and viable curriculum” has the greatest impact on student achievement (Marzano, 2003). In the Plymouth Schools, we believe that curriculum is constantly evolving in response to the ever-changing needs of the student population and society, best practices in education, district initiatives, and state directives. Currently, curricula in all core content areas are being revised to integrate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) which Connecticut adopted. As part of this process, instruction is becoming increasingly focused on higher-leveling thinking, the ability to research, evaluate, and synthesize information, using evidence to argue ideas, connecting learning in authentic ways to the world around us, and developing 21st century skills.
One of our district’s goals is to further integrate technology and instruction. In September 2014, we began our one-to-one initiative. All middle and high school students were issued a Chromebook and our teachers are working on enhancing their own teaching skills so that they can most effectively use technology to enhance student learning.
As Director of Curriculum and Instruction, I strive to enrich the learning environment for our students by working collaboratively with school principals to encourage and support our teachers in pursuing new strategies for teaching that will contribute to student engagement and achievement. In Plymouth, we believe in the power of collaboration and reflection. Our district is focused on providing teachers with opportunities to work together to share best practices, develop comprehensive curricula, analyze student work to improve student learning, and reflect upon our current practices. Last year, our district adopted the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) Framework to develop a district-wide common understanding of high-quality instruction.
This year, we are striving to create an even stronger learning community and provide time and resources for professional development for our teachers and instructional staff. We also are focused on refining assessments to align to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and providing authentic experiences for students. Lastly, while we are committed to increasing the academic achievement of our students, we are also committed to their overall well-being, health, and social-emotional development. We work closely with community groups, such as the Plymouth Early Childhood Council (PECC) and the Local Prevention Council (LPC), to promote the development of healthy, responsible, respectful, caring citizens.
Our latest Curriculum Development Plan can be found here.
Teachers click here for curriculum template.