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Dr. Chris Jones
Deputy Superintendent

 

Dr. Aileen Harbeck
Director Curriculum, Instruction and Technology

 

Sarah Nitsos
Intervention Coordinator

 

Mary Nies
Technology TOSA

 

Quan Tra
District Technology Technician

 

Mrs. Eileen Malott
Secretary

Welcome

Curriculum Services Overview

In collaboration with the Superintendent, the Wiseburn Unified School District Curriculum and Instruction Department provides ongoing support to the over 140 teachers and school administrators every year to ensure consistent improvements in student performance.  Using the California State Standards as our guide, the WUSD staff applies research-based practices to implement a challenging, cohesive core curriculum that meets the needs of all students.  We hope you find the following resources useful in supporting your student in the Wiseburn Unified School District.

California State Standards Parent Resources

Click on the Academic Standards link below for more detailed information and resources about the Common Core State Standards.

 

California Department of Education ~ California State Standards

Achievement and Assessment

Assessment is a district-wide priority as results provide staff with essential information to plan, sequence content and address students' individual needs.  Assessment also provides useful feedback to students and parents.  Please use the link below to access information on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing system.

 

California Department of Education ~ CAASPP Information

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)

http://testscoreguide.org/

 

 

Spring 2017:
 

Wiseburn Unified School District Testing Window
Grades 3 - 8

Start:   March 20, 2017

End:  May 26, 2017

 

CGI/MLC

MLC partners with school districts to build the mathematical identity of all students by using a systems approach that supports effective instruction. This approach creates buy-in at all levels in the district, aligns activities, reduces wasted time and resources, and increases the likelihood of sustained and improved use of effective math instruction.

 

Grades K-5: Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is the pedagogical approach to ambitious teaching implemented at the elementary level. CGI’s emphasis on students: 1) engaging in rigorous problem solving and 2) communicating their mathematical thinking a problem solving strategies, supports the development of deep conceptual understanding. The knowledge, skills, and habits of mind students develop through their participation in CGI driven mathematics curriculum reflect the student behaviors and understandings emphasized in the Common Core math content and practice standards.

 

Grades 6-8: Math Learning by Design (MLD) Instructional Moves builds off CGI’s emphasis on students engaging in communicating their mathematical thinking and problem solving through rigorous mathematics by also supporting students in becoming self-regulated learners. Research supports the characterization of mathematics learning as an active process, in which each student builds his or her own mathematical knowledge from personal experiences, coupled with feedback from peers, teachers and other adults, and themselves. MLD math instruction follows an engineering design approach to support ambitious teaching where students become mathematical thinkers, problem solvers, and self regulated learners.

 

Future Ready School Initiative (Technology)

     The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. During 2015, the Alliance created a separate project under its umbrella called Future Ready Schools (FRS) to help school districts develop comprehensive plans to achieve successful student learning outcomes by (1) transforming instructional pedagogy and practice while (2) simultaneously leveraging technology to personalize learning in the classroom.

 

     In 2015, the Wiseburn Unified School District became a FRS partner. Since that time, the district has successfully implemented a 1-to-1 Chromebook environment in grades 1-8. Kindergarten and transitional kindergarten students utilize a combination of Chromebooks and iPads for digital learning.

 

The Future Ready Framework
     At the heart of Future Ready is the research-based 
Future Ready Framework, a robust structure for digital learning planning and implementation. With personalized student learning at the center, the Wiseburn Unified School District is working to align each of the seven (7) key categories, called "Gears", in order to ensure a successful digital conversion.

 

The 7 Gears are as follows:

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

  • Use of Space and Time

  • Robust Infrastructure

  • Data and Privacy

  • Community Partnerships

  • Personalized Professional Learning

  • Budget and Resources