Curriculum and Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction Department is committed to supporting OASD teachers in building a rigorous yet relevant curriculum. Without dynamic teachers that are committed to finding ways to bring curriculum to life, the textbooks we purchase, the technology we are trained in, and the professional development we invest in becomes obsolete.

Teachers across various departments expressed a desire for a conversation on how to best personalize our curriculum to meet the needs of all learners. A goal was set for the 2015-2016 school year to focus on aligning the math and science departments with appropriate standards, while at the same time helping teachers build a strong understanding in instructional practices that will help them engage students in the learning process. OASD will continue to support all teachers across all departments and grade levels in the quest to create a community of engaged students who take charge of their learning.

The Curriculum & Instruction Department is focused on using student data, teacher vision, and community feedback to work collaboratively with all district departments and principals. It is our goal to continue to foster the academic growth of our students by empowering their teachers, listening to their parents, and analyzing growth as we welcome the 2015-16 school year!

>Download Curriculum Brochures by Grade


 MODERN LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

We use the the instructional framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as the lens to view lesson design and student achievement.

Our district’s most important goal within our “innovative instructional programming” strategic direction remains our commitment to creating instructional opportunities using a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework UDL is an essential component of modern learning environments. The principles of UDL influence our instructional practice.

While the district has some pilot modern learning environments established, such as in the Greenland 4th grade and in the Summit Maker Space, district residents should be proud of our commitment to root best practice research in our definition of student centered learning.

Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that all OASD students find engagement in our learning opportunities and we are committed to developing teacher practice to meet our students’ academic, social and emotional needs.

WHAT DOES TEACHING IN A MODERN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT LOOK LIKE?

  • Teacher planning that begins by understanding the composition of his/her class before focusing exclusively on the content.
  • Creating a learning environment that is built on positive relationships with all students, while promoting a sense of value for all learners.
  • Establishing learning intentions and success criteria for students before and during units. This practice allows accelerated and struggling learners to find value in the content instructed and activities planned.
  • Classroom design in which the form meets the function of the activity. We strive to create classrooms that are student-centered, or built with student needs in mind. This flexibility allows for learning to occur in multiple manners depending on the activity or lesson.

 

ENGAGING STUDENTS AT ALL LEVELS

Teachers across various departments expressed a desire for a conversation on how to best personalize our curriculum to meet the needs of all learners. A goal was set for the 2014-2015 school year to focus on aligning the math and science departments with appropriate standards, while at the same time helping teachers build a strong understanding in instructional practices that will help them engage students in the learning process. OASD will continue to support all teachers across all departments and grade levels in the quest to create a community of engaged students who take charge of their learning.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 




 

JOHN FLANNERY
Director, Curriculum & Instruction
262-560-2116
FlannerJ@oasd.org

DIANE SILKEY
Curriculum & Instruction
Administrative Assistant
262-560-2121
SilkeyD@oasd.org
 
SARAH LANG
Coordinator of Elementary Education
262-560-2112
LangS@oasd.org
 
KRISTA WERCHOWSKI
Coordinator of Secondary Education
262-560-2128
WerchowK@oasd.org    
MICHELE KOPER
Coordinator of Continuous Improvement and Innovation
262-560-2142
KoperM@oasd.org
GREG BENZ
Coordinator of Career Programming and Professional Studies
262-560-3129
BenzG@oasd.org
  
REBECCA MANKINS
District Library Coordinator, Library Resource Park Lawn
262-560-8161
MankinsR@oasd.org
 
LAURA GOSSETT
District Library Administrative Assistant
262-560-2125
GossettL@oasd.org
 
ANGIE KRAFT
District Coordinator for Gifted Programming  
Gifted & Talented Resource/RtI Coach
Nature Hill Intermediate
262-569-4954
KraftA@oasd.org
NICOLE NICKOLAUS
District Coordinator for Gifted Programming
Gifted & Talented Resource/ Rtl Coach
Silver Lake Intermediate
262-567-4300 ext. 4262
NickolaN@oasd.org
W360 N7077 Brown Street
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
262-560-1115
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