While each school department in Duplin County performs a vital function for the overall functioning of the system, the Curriculum Innovation Department is the core of teaching and learning. Under its large umbrella are the PreK-13 curriculum (content, pace and resources), academically or intellectually gifted (enrichment for advanced learners), vocational and technical education (career path), apprenticeship (digital / mixed media and learning centers)), Exceptional Children Program (support for students with identified disabilities), Multi-level support systems (academic and behavioral support for at-risk students) and Socio-emotional learning (positive relationships, healthy emotions and decision making).
The Curriculum Innovation Department is made up of knowledgeable, skilled, experienced and passionate professionals who keep abreast of current educational research and practices and ensure that our schools are well equipped to meet the demands of 21st grade education. century. However, after a few turbulent years, the department and the school system as a whole are faced with an even bigger task: school recovery.
“We recognize that the learning interruptions that our students have experienced over the years, resulting from two hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic, have created gaps in student learning and growth. All of us – teachers, leaders, students and families – need each other to support, accelerate and grow our students. We did not get here in one year and we will not recover in one year. Our students are not where we need them right now, but we are determined to fill those gaps, ”said Nicole Murray, Acting Director of Program and Education for STEAMA, at the December 7 meeting. of the board of directors of education.
As a result of these introductory comments, the board was briefed on the current and ongoing strategies schools are using to regain academic and socio-emotional learning loss.
Robbin Cooper of Rose Hill – Magnolia Elementary School presented on behalf of all K-8 schools and Scott Ballard of East Duplin High School presented for all high schools.
Here are some of the approaches to university recovery that have been highlighted:
• Employ an interventionist in each school to help identify and train at-risk students in small groups and prevent dropout.
• Use additional federal funding to provide more teachers to reduce class sizes
• Schedule a designated intervention period during the school day
• Offer after-school tutoring
• Implement high quality research-based intervention programs
• Evaluate and monitor progress frequently
• Analyze data and modify teaching plans accordingly
• Implement a revised CTE curriculum for intermediate levels that emphasizes reading, writing and other content areas
• Expand access to credit recovery opportunities in secondary schools
• Intensify ACT preparation for all juniors
• Filter all students for socio-emotional needs
• Implement the socio-emotional program with fidelity
• Use counselors and social workers for small group and one-on-one sessions, attendance monitoring and family support
• Provide additional mental health and telemedicine services as needed
• Partnership with communities in schools
The presentation to the board ended with an update from Pam Murray, Special Advisor for the K-8 and MTSS Curriculum, on the science of reading and a literacy intervention plan.
“The science of reading is an evidence-based methodology for teaching reading that will help us learn more about how children learn to read, to understand what happens when children have difficulty reading.” and to implement the most likely type of education. work best for the majority of students.
Schools in Duplin County are creating a Reading Science Aligned Literacy Intervention Plan that will outline how we respond when a student shows signs of reading difficulty. All PreK-5 teachers will participate in intensive professional development in the science of reading with the ultimate goal of all students reading at grade level by the end of year three. This is a pivotal time when students begin to transition from learning to read to reading for learning. Murray echoed the sentiments of others by pledging, “We will not give up on the commitment to school recovery.”
During his remarks, Superintendent Austin Obasohan implored reasonable expectations, responsibility and solidarity among all stakeholders.
“No one is asking to be off the hook, but we are asking for reasonable expectations, support, understanding and sensitivity. We must support our teachers, support our students, our parents. Our teachers need us more than ever right now, but we still need to hold each other accountable. The superintendent, the principals, everyone, the parents, the students. We must all be held accountable for closing this success gap. We have to do it together, ”Obasohan said.
Duplin County Schools wish everyone a happy and restorative vacation so we can all come back rested and ready for the hard work and positive results ahead!
Education Matters is a contribution from the Duplin County Schools. For more information, visit www.duplinschools.net.