WS/FCS will raise student achievement, close achievement gaps, and enable all students to take ownership of their learning.
Objectives include: development of an instructional framework and a rigorous and culturally relevant curriculum.
- Objective A – Create a framework for Teaching and Learning to guide the vision and strategic direction of all teaching and learning decisions focused on improving academic outcomes for all students.
- Objective B – Utilize the Framework for Teaching and Learning to design and implement rigorous standards-aligned and culturally relevant curriculum resources focused on student engagement and ownership.
- Objective C – Develop and monitor assessment data to evaluate the fidelity and success of the Framework for Teaching and Learning.
- Objective D – Utilize a Continuous Improvement Cycle to revise and refine professional development and curriculum resources based on the needs of teachers and students.
Teaching Learning Framework
During the 2020-2021 school year, the Instructional Services Division is utilizing the newly developed Teaching and Learning Framework to guide their efforts to secure standards-aligned curriculum resources, improve instructional teaching strategies, provide a wide range of professional development sessions, and utilize assessment data to drive instructional decisions.
The cross-functional team of educators and administrators developed the Framework collaboratively to ensure that its guidance:
- emphasises the social-emotional well-being of students and adults,
- utilizes a growth mindset,
- intentionally incorporates culturally responsible practices, and
- employs strategies to personalize learning for students.
Curriculum Alignment and Professional Development
Once the new framework was developed, Instructional Services focused on providing high-quality curriculum and professional development for teachers and administrators.
- New reading and mathematics print and/or digital textbooks were purchased for K-12 students.
- All district-created curriculum was redesigned to align to both the state standards and the key components of the new Teaching and Learning Framework.
Successfully securing a district-wide textbook adoption was a huge accomplishment, as it had been over a decade since new reading and mathematics textbooks were purchased for students in WS/FCS. Instructional Services thanks Project Impact for providing $1.7 million to fund K-3 textbook resources that directly aligns with the goal of increasing the reading proficiency of K-3 students.
Since the summer of 2020, over 300 professional development sessions have beenprovided to help teachers and administrators learn how to:
- effectively utilize the new textbook resources and redeveloped district curriculum,
- use digital resources such as Canvas, Discovery Education, iReady, Teams, and Zoom, and
- use instructional strategies to support concurrent teaching of both students who are face-to-face and those who are learning remotely.
With funds from the Winston-Salem Foundation Peer Project Grant, Instructional Services also offered professional development to teacher assistants ensuring they had the knowledge and skills to support classroom teachers and students with remote learning instruction.
Use of Important Data
Throughout the year, Instructional Services utilized assessment data and feedback from teachers and administrators to refine instructional practices and resources. Going forward, Instructional Services will use available data to continue to refine instructional strategies and resources as well as to monitor progress toward meeting the academic goals outlined in the WS/FCS Strategic Plan.