During their meeting on Aug. 27, curriculum coordinators reflected on the work they’ve done to support reporting student progress and alignment of assessments to learning standards.
The goals of the meeting were to reflect on the interconnectedness of the work they do to “reporting student progress"; review the Croton-Harmon philosophy and purposes of grading; and develop an understanding of the protocol for aligning assessment to student learning.
In addition the team discussed metacognition, a term faculty members have defined as the act of students thinking about how they learn. Its primary goal is to encourage independent learning and give students a chance to evaluate how they learn.
“This is a year of possibility, a year of dreams and a year of untapped potential,” Assistant Superintendent Deborah O’Connell told the staff. “Thank you for walking this journey with us. Side by side, we can help students take one step closer to realizing their dreams. … Never underestimate the power you have as an educator.”
O’Connell reminded staff members that their work is ongoing and the district will continue to support them throughout the school year.
Maryann Zabbia, English curriculum coordinator at Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School, said faculty members have been working on aligning their curricula to the Common Core standards.
“We’re assessing and grading students on these standards [and] we’re creating rubrics for children so they can see what it means to be proficient,” Zabbia said. “Now that we have the new standards-based report card, we have to align our assessments and tests to it.”
The curriculum coordinators also discussed the purposes of grading, ways to report student progress and developing a plan for sharing this year’s work.
Kelly Ingraham-Friedman, support services curriculum coordinator at Croton- Harmon High School, said working with the administration and other curriculum coordinators throughout the district has been fulfilling.
“My work focuses on adapting the Common Core standards and the district’s mission and vision to meet our students’ needs and the needs of teachers,” she said.
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