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Curriculum & Instruction

Office of Curriculum & Instruction

The Office of Curriculum & Instruction develops and reviews curriculum with district administration and teachers. Dansville Central School District has developed and continually refines a comprehensive NYS Standards aligned PK-12 curriculum with vertical and horizontal articulation.

A consistent, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum aligned across grade levels and from one grade level to the next so all students in Dansville reach their highest potential is the goal of Curriculum and Instruction.  Careful assessment of student learning through formative assessment is used to continuously adjust instruction.

At the elementary level, balanced literacy is the foundation of all curriculum and instruction. This involves instruction in reading (decoding, phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension, and vocabulary) and writing (we are integrating Units of Study in writing K-8).
At the secondary level, we have been developing and refining interim assessments to drive curriculum and instruction as well as department collaboration around student learning.

Professional Learning is at the heart of effective teaching and learning. We seek to support the learning of our staff through grade level and district collaboration, in-house provided professional development, and attendance at outside professional seminars, conferences, meetings and collaboration around the region.

Primary Curriculum

The curriculum at the Primary School is focused on teaching foundations of early literacy and numeracy, closely aligned to NYS Next Gen Foundational and Reading / Writing Standards.  All students are screened for math and literacy skills.  Instruction begins with a strong focus on phonemic and phonological awareness.  Students in grades 1 and 2 are taught in a tier 1 phonics program to solidify literacy skills.  In addition reading and writing are taught in the workshop model with small group focused instruction.  

Similarly in math students are taught in a complete K-12 core math program that deepens conceptual understanding, promotes growth mindset and creates an active classroom in which students receive instruction and hands on practice. 

Students are carefully monitored and AIS services provided at each student's level.  AIS instruction is always aligned to classroom Tier 1 instruction.

Please visit the DPS website page here for more information.

Elementary CurriculumStudents in elementary school (in Dansville that's our EBH school grades 3 - 6) transition over the 4 years from primary foundational literacy and math learning to solid elementary skills in ELA, Math, Social Studies and Science.  The NYS Standards in ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science 3-5 and 6-8 provide teachers with increasing rigor to prepare students well for high school classes.

Phonics and Reading / Writing workshop transition to ELA, still with small group focused skill, strategy as well as strong Tier 1 whole class instruction.  Students develop solid math conceptual development and reinforce the basic skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Social Studies aligned to the NYS Social Studies Framework is taught in all grades at EBH.  The Next Gen Science Standards are just completing the phasing in this year.  Grade 5 students will participate in the new NYS Grade 5 Science Test.

Students are carefully monitored and AIS services provided at each student's level.  AIS instruction is always aligned to classroom Tier 1 instruction.

Please visit the EBH pages of this website for more information.

Middle School / High School

Middle School students (Grades 7 & 8 in Dansville) are taught in a team approach separate from 9-12 to provide a supported transition from 6th grade through to 9th grade.  Both grade levels with their respective academic departments collaborate to ensure middle school students are immersed in a strong Standards Based curriculum in ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies.  In addition 7th grade students begin to take one of World Language courses - French or Spanish.  

Students are carefully monitored and AIS services provided at each student's level.  AIS instruction is always aligned to classroom Tier 1 instruction.

High School 

Students in Grades 9-12 are instructed in a comprehensive, vertically aligned curriculum in ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies as well as World Languages and a host of electives in Music, Art, Technology, AP Classes, Computer Science, and Business.  Students are guided through their HS program by the Guidance Dept and teachers to ensure they meet college and career readiness and graduate. DCSD offers all NYS paths to graduation providing students with a robust, well rounded High School education. 

Students also have further opportunities through the CTE programs offered by GV BOCES, the PTech Academy, AP Courses and GCC courses. 

Each core academic content area ELA, Math, Science, World Languages, and Social Studies offers basic 7th and 8th grade courses as well as Regents aligned content, more supported courses for students who need more time with content as well as accelerated and honors courses.

Please visit the HS section of this website for more information, including the DHS Counseling office for more details about course offerings, career opportunities and graduation information.

 

A Parent’s Guide to the Next Generation Learning Standards

As educators in New York get closer to full implementation of the Next Generation Learning Standards, many parents may begin to question: Why were the standards revised? What revisions were made? How will the revised standards affect my child’s education?

To help parents prepare for the transition to the Next Generation Learning Standards, NYSED collaborated with multiple partners, including parents, to develop a resource that facilitates and promotes parental involvement and engagement. This resource provides the following:

  • A description of the instructional cycle and the role of learning standards in the cycle
  • An FAQ for the Next Generation Learning Standards
  • Links and resources to support classroom learning at home

This parent resources page on the NYS Education Department website: http://www.nysed.gov/curriculum-instruction/next-generation-learning-standards-parent-resources provides a description of the instructional cycle and the role of learning standards in the cycle, an FAQ for the Next Generation Learning Standards, and links and resources to support classroom learning at home.




 

Barbara Pamper

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology

Amy Shattuck

Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent