HW Mountz School
Curriculum and Instruction
This page has been dedicated to communicating information to you about curriclum and instruction at HW Mountz School. For specific details on classroom instruction please access the teachers' web pages. For a quick reference guide to the lingo educators use when working in professional teams please click here - Teacher Talk.
The HW Mountz curriculum is developed using a backward design process based on the 2009 New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS) and the 2010 National Common Core Standards (NCCS). When designing units of study for each grade level and subject area:
The appropriate state standards are identified and unpacked to determine what students should know and be able to do at each grade level and in each unit of study;
Assessments, including both traditional pen and paper tests and performance based projects, are designed to assess those learning goals;
Data, both in grades and in anecdotal form, is collected during instruction todetermine how well students are meeting the goals so adjustments can be made in the instructional plan to help students successfully meet the goals of the units as evaluated in the assessments.
While our curriculum framework is established based on the standards http://www13.state.nj.us/NJCCCS/ , as our teachers engage in on-going professional development, revisions and adjustments are made to the curriculum documents. As the curriculum is continuously enhanced based on the professional development of our teachers (See Professional Teams below) in the area of curriculum and instruction, the units of study will be updated for public viewing.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative strongly informs the Spring Lake School District Curriculum and precisely guides the focus of professional development for our teachers. It will also become the focus of standardized assessments in 2014-2015 under the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). For a variety of resources on the Common Core State Standards, College and Career Readiness Standards, and the PARCC please visit our Standards Link.
“The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” —Common Core State Standards Initiative
The professional community at HW Mountz School has made it part of its mission (Click here to view the HW Mountz Mission Statement) to continuously collaborate to enhance the development, delivery, and assessment of this curriculum through a focus on research-based best practices in the area of student learning. The greatest impact on our curriculum and student achievement comes through the dialogue between teachers within and across grade levels and subjects. This dialogue results from continual analysis of data on students performance. This data is generated through state standardized tests, district benchmark assessments, and the on-going collection of data during instruction in the classroom. During the 2012-2013 School Year our teachers are involved in numerous Professional Teams focused on enhancing curriculum, informing instruction, and generating a safe and secure environment for all students to learn. To learn more about our professional teams please visit Professional Learning.