The Oconomowoc Area School District is committed to providing all children the high quality, innovative learning experiences necessary for success in the 21st century. Elementary, intermediate and high school staff members worked together to design and implement new curricula and instructional materials for students in the content areas of Reading, Mathematics (7-12), and Instructional Technology during the 2011-12 school year.
Elementary staff implemented the newly revised reading curriculum and materials in our 4K-4th grade classrooms through a Readers’ Workshop format in collaboration with the Columbia Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project. In our fifth year of implementation in 2011-12, Intervention Specialists at OASD elementary schools provided an opportunity for students to be supported with early math and reading interventions.
The intermediate sites, Nature Hill and Silver Lake, implemented the updated reading curriculum and materials in our 5th-8th grade classrooms through a Readers’ Workshop format in collaboration with the Columbia Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project. Fifth and sixth grade students were introduced to instructional gaming through Quest Atlantis and Gamestar Mechanic.
High school staff continued to develop relationships with area businesses and colleges/universities to provide a multitude of transcripted credit opportunities. Newly revised curricula and instructional materials for all Mathematics courses were implemented in grades 9-12 to bring our teaching and learning into alignment with the Common Core Standards. Game Design I was offered as a new course for all OHS students with a Game Jam club offered during One Lunch.
FleX Connect offers high school students hybrid and virtual course options. In its second year of operation in 2012, students used Blackboard, a virtual classroom called Elluminate, and Google Apps to collaborate and learn using rich digital tools offering pace, place and multi-modal learning with video, audio, animation and text. Currently, students may opt to take Physical Education, Health, U.S. History or American Literature virtually.
During the 2012-13 school year staff and students will have the opportunity to experience the implementation of the newly revised 4K-6 mathematics curriculum and related instructional materials. Approximately 250 staff members will participate in a Homegrown Institute provided by Dr. Mary Ehrenworth, Deputy Director of the Columbia Teachers’ College Reading and Writing project. All staff will continue to research and implement literacy and math interventions at the elementary, intermediate and high schools to provide early intervention services for students in need of support to help all children meet and exceed learning expectations. Students in seventh and eighth grades will have the opportunity to select a third World Language, Mandarin Chinese, in addition to German and Spanish. Significant professional development will be provided for all high school staff related to instructional technology to enhance our 2012-13 course offerings. Virtual course offerings in FleXConnect will expand to include nine new course offerings including two that offer transcripted credit through WCTC.