RPS will select K-8 ELA (English language arts) & math curricula that will ignite rigorous and exciting teaching and learning as outlined in our Dreams4RPS Strategic Plan Priority 1.2 & 1.3. Staff and community feedback will help to choose the curricula that best meets the needs of our students.
Final Recommended Curricula
Below are the final math and ELA curricula recommended for adoption by RPS for the 2020-2021 school year.
What is Curriculum?
- At RPS, we define curriculum as the universal foundation for what is taught, and what students learn, at each grade level (for each subject) PK-12. Curriculum includes the learning standards and goes beyond textbooks or traditional state-developed standards (like Virginia’s Standards of Learning) which are generally too broad or require individual interpretation, resulting in students learning different topics at different paces.
- Unlike a textbook, which serves as a reference tool with some learning exercises spread throughout chapters, a curriculum enables teachers to offer students a more comprehensive learning experience by providing teachers with:
- Scope and Sequence, which paces concepts containing knowledge and skills to be addressed.
- Units of instruction that group together knowledge and skills with instructional tasks/experiences that allow for the development, application, and use of knowledge and skills. Units range from three to six weeks and may end in assessment.
- Daily Lessons which give a range of tools and strategies to support the learning toward the goals.
- Assessments that include the reasons for and methods to assess student learning and academic progress.
- Instructional Resources, including the texts, media, and tools that are used for teaching and learning.
- These five components of curriculum create the universal foundation for what every RPS student is expected to learn each year in each subject, so they are well-prepared to reach their full potential.
- There is plenty of research that emphasizes the importance of curriculum. A strong curriculum boosts student learning and a weak one can actually cause students to lose ground (Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy, 2017). Absent a high-quality curriculum, a division cannot adequately guarantee standards-aligned, high quality tasks being given to students (Ed Trust, 2018).
- Our RPS student achievement data show that our students need more support to meet proficiency expectations.
- RPS most recently adopted new curriculum in 2014 for math and in 2015 for ELA. New Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) were implemented for math in the 2018-2019 school year and english language arts in the 2019-2020 school year. RPS needs new curricula to align what we are teaching our students to the standards that they are being expected to learn.
- A high-quality curriculum is a lever for equity. It helps us as educators standardize what is an appropriate level of rigor for students based on grade level and enables all students to reach grade-level proficiency.
- More than ever with COVID, there is unfinished learning and a common curriculum is one way to address the wide variety of gaps that students will have once they return to next school year.
- In our Dreams4RPS Strategic Plan, priorities 1.2 and 1.3 expect that we will adopt a K-8 ELA and math curricula that will ignite rigorous and exciting teaching and learning.
Plans for Success
Phase I (May 18- May 30)
- Curriculum Previews
- Principal Meetings around Implementation Plans
- Readiness Discussions
- Community Engagement
Phase II (June - July)
- Virtual Professional Learning options (for administrators, coaches, and teachers)
- Monthly coaching trainings
- Bi-weekly Principal meetings/trainings
- Monthly strategic planning and alignment meetings
- Ordering of all materials
Phase III (August - June)
- Virtual Professional Learning during DWPL days
- Monthly coaches capacity training
- Coaches Curriculum training (Coaches Corner/Coaches Turnkey)
- Monthly Cluster Meetings
- Monthly Master Classes
- Monthly Learning Walks
- Monthly Strategic Planning sessions