Teaching and Learning
Building the Foundation for Student-Centered Learning
The OASD Teaching and Learning Department utilizes a continuous improvement framework when developing and implementing instructional plans for staff. Innovation in instructional practices is explained by the “Four Pillars” graphic:
- Using evidence-based research and current achievement data to drive change.
- Outlining clear, concise actions steps that involve all staff in the learning.
- Establishing success criteria to gauge the effectiveness of instructional practices.
- Analyzing results and adjusting implementation support based on formative data or achievement results.
The Curriculum and Instruction Department is focused on improving instructional practice and curriculum design through the use of evidence-based resources. As a team, we strive to develop plans that stem from the analysis of OASD student achievement data, as well as teacher feedback within the framework of continuous improvement processes.
Research, Technology & Assessment
Dr. Derick Kiger, Director
The Research Technology and Assessment (RTA) Department supports the District mission by providing student information, student assessment, and network services. The Department’s primary responsibilities include applied research and evaluation in support of school improvement, large-scale student assessment, information systems, and network resources including internet and website, computers, and other technologies. The RTA staff contributes to policy development, long-range planning, and staff training events.
Lisa Dawes, Director
The Student Services Department includes school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses, and learning strategists who provide instructional support and resources for students with disabilities. We practice proactive problem solving, always making sure that children we serve, ranging from early childhood through grade 12 are at the center of our discussions.
Our mission is to provide a continuum of services dedicated to ensuring all children achieve success based on their individual needs in the least restrictive environment by supporting and nurturing each student to reach their fullest potential to become valued members of their commuity. Our team is dedicated to excellence in its service to the children and families of our school district.