Churchville-Chili Central School District’s mission states: “The Churchville-Chili Central School District challenges all students to strive for excellence while developing their unique talents and becoming respectful, resourceful citizens and contributing members of an interconnected global society.” A rigorous, guaranteed and viable curriculum is critical to fulfill this mission. Churchville-Chili Central School District is committed to providing a curriculum for all students (guaranteed), that challenges each student (rigorous), and focuses on preparing our students for an interconnected global society (viable).
In every curriculum writing process, we are guided by the state and national standards, as well as current research in curriculum design and instruction. Teachers are an integral part of the process, and work diligently to make sure the curriculum is student-centered, and aligned both vertically and horizontally. Further, it is essential that the curriculum is communicated and accessible.
Maintaining a rigorous, guaranteed and viable curriculum is an on-going process. Our curriculum system is a continual loop where needs and assessment data are used to refine curriculum and instruction. Churchville-Chili Central School District is committed to continuous improvement and success for all students.
The Churchville-Chili Curriculum Design team identified the follow vision for the curriculum system to ensure a guaranteed and viable curriculum for students. We have a vision of an effective, quality curriculum that is…
- Aligned vertically and horizontally with NYS standards and assessments: Vertically aligned so that placement of objectives builds an upward spiral of skills and knowledge, which is revisited, expanded and enhanced across grade levels. Horizontally aligned so that learning objectives are mapped out over the academic year within a range of time during which the objectives are taught.
- Inclusive of both academic knowledge and its practical applications: This linking should occur throughout the curriculum and help students understand the application of learned knowledge and skills.
- Organized by clear, precise learning objectives: Learning objectives specify what students should know, understand and be able to do based upon essential grade level content, skills and vocabulary. These objectives may include the district’s Character Education attributes and appropriate subject area attitudes (e.g., appreciation, tolerance, acceptance).
- Developed based upon identified essential content: The curriculum is developed to achieve a core number of essential curriculum objectives, which can be studied in depth and learned to mastery.
- Inclusive of assessments, resources, and/or instructional strategies required by the district: Where the district has identified specific instructional strategies (e.g. guided reading, cooperative learning), assessments (e.g. unit exams, DRAs) and/or resources (e.g. novels, textbooks), those are indicated in the curriculum documents.
- User/teacher friendly: The curriculum is organized in a way that it is easily understood, can be used to directly develop unit and lesson plans, and identifies connections among learning objectives both within and across subjects. It will be available electronically (which is printer-friendly) providing options for the presentation of curriculum by subject, or strand, or grade level.
- Inclusive of 21st Century Skills: These embed technology into curriculum and instruction.