Where Can I Find Everything?

Curriculum Resources

Unit Maps
  • They are meant to give you clear parameters, but also more autonomy.
    • o Stage 1 lays out what students need to Know, Understand and be able to DO (KUDos) by the end of the unit.
    • o Stage 2 defines the assessments the district will provide (and require) as well as guidelines for creating your own PLC assessments.
    • o Stage 3 provides you with instructional support, pacing and suggested resources to teach the KUDos. Some lessons have sample plans.
    • You and your PLC will work on identifying specific learning targets for each week. Once you have developed those, then you will work on planning your instruction, finding texts and selecting learning activities.
    • Each unit plan will have suggested texts that align with a literacy and social studies concept.
    • Morphology for vocabulary instruction is linked throughout each unit map, along with related resources. Vocabulary instruction should be an on-going practice in every DPS classroom.
    • Sample Lesson Plans from DPS
      • o Each grade level has 4 units of study. We have assigned a theme to each unit and written a unit plan based on that theme. These Lesson Plans are available on each Unit Map, found on your grade level page. Note: Not every lesson has a plan developed for it.
      • o Lesson Plans are STARTING POINTS. They exist to SUPPORT you. They are not meant to LIMIT you.

What are the district assessments? How should I plan to use them?**
  • CDAs (Common District Assessments) are multiple-choice assessments aligned to the focus standards - they can be completed in SchoolNet or printed and scanned directly back into SchoolNet.
  • There are two CDAs for each quarter, and assesses all primary standards within each unit. CDA windows are laid out in Stage 2 of the Unit Curriculum Maps.
  • CDAs are not required BY THE DISTRICT, but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED for all PLCs to use in assessing student learning. They may also be required by your principal.
  • Midterm Benchmarks (CASE 21) is required by the district and administered at every school for EOG classes.
  • End-of-Year Benchmarks (CASE 21) are optional for all EOG classes.

What about performance tasks?
  • Performance tasks are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED for each quarter, and are an excellent method to assess student learning in writing instruction.
  • Sharing of cross curricular performance tasks between related content teachers will ease the completion and grading of student work.
  • Google Docs or Google Classroom, along with rubrics for performance, aids in efficiency of task completion.

What kind of Professional Development will we be having this year?
  • True North Logic available through PowerSchool list professional development opportunities available during the school year.
  • New teachers will be invited to participate in Teacher Academy professional development in the fall. Additional teachers will be invited based on principal recommendation.


Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
Year-Round
Teacher Academy
Out-of-the Box
Early Release – school based
Early Release – school based
Teacher Academy
Out-of-the Box
Early Release – school based
Early Release – school based
Traditional
Teacher Academy
Out-of-the Box
Early Release – school based
Early Release – school based
Teacher Academy
Out-of-the Box
Early Release – school based
Early Release – school based