Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Education

October 26, 2012

New plan for developing Andover schools' curriculum

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Members of the Curriculum Steering Committee will serve as co - facilitators for each of the advisory groups. Having two working bodies with some membership overlap addresses the need for communication and accountability.

This year, 74 teachers have completed applications indicating which group they would like to serve on, as well as the content area they are most interested in.

The represented content areas, each with a specific focus, are Fine Arts, English Language Arts, Mathematics, PE/Health, Science, Social Studies, Social Emotional Growth & Development, and World Language. Those who teach Digital Learning, Special Education, and English Language Learners possess a level of expertise that is critical to every content area, so their participation and voice will be integrated into every aspect of this process.

Our first full board meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24; thereafter we will meet twice a month.

In addition to the completion of the action plans, members of all groups will be trained in using a web-based curriculum mapping tool to support teacher collegiality and collaboration across the district.

We look forward to sharing the results of our work.

This article was written by Nancy Duclos, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching.

She can be reached at nduclos@aps1.net.

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