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Blog: Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Curriculum Planning Sessions a Success

The staff at the Curriculum Department are constantly thinking about how and when we can provide professional learning opportunities for teachers.  With schedules becoming increasingly busy, it can be a challenge to find the right time to offer professional sessions and series that fit in everyone’s calendar. 

This past week we were able to provide 30 teachers and administrators a professional learning opportunity at Harrison Hot Springs Resort on a Friday evening and Saturday. On Friday afternoon our team met with a group of teachers and administrators to embark on a process of curriculum planning through exploration of the curricular competencies.  Lynette Power, Michelle Middleton, and Kaylie Rooke led the group in a process that unpacked the curricular competencies for academic language, competency learning and content integration. Once this preliminary work was done, Saturday was spent looking at how these competencies can be developed into learning targets, “I can” statements, and success criteria (the foundation for criterion based assessments). By the end of Saturday teams of teachers and administrators had gone through a process of planning that is transferrable to any grade and any subject. 

We are so pleased with the outcome of this structure that we look forward to offering a similar session in the near future to include teachers and administrators that did not have the opportunity to join us in the first session.  

PERRY SMITH
Director of Curriculum