2017-06-09 / Community

Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Rebecca Brown, Director

The 2016-17 school year was one of expanded collaborations and partnerships in the areas of curriculum, instruction and assessment. As in the past 2-3 years, the work done by our staff around shifting to a Proficiency-based Learning system has caught the attention of schools throughout Maine and across the Northeast. In addition to hosting teachers and administrators from schools in Vermont and Connecticut, this year teams of teachers and in administrators from South Portland were invited to Wallingford, CT, to share their work. Similarly, both Oxford Hills Schools and Windham Schools sent teams of teachers to spend a day collaborating with our MS and HS teachers, while South Portland’s proficiency-based learning work was featured at both the Maine Curriculum Leaders’

Association Fall and Spring Conferences. South Portland administrators and teachers presented the district’s work to teams of teachers from Fort Kent to York during the 2 two-day conferences. Our community partnerships, established to further meaningful, curriculum based learning, have also thrived and grown this year. We continued our collaborations, with organizations like the Telling Room, City of South Portland, South Portland Historical Society, Maine Med/Tufts Medical School, Maine Port Authority and International Marine Terminal, as well as the many businesses that host our students for field trips and internships. However, we also established some new partnerships for learning. An example of our expanded community based learning opportunities is the work that Jane Eberle, co-director of

the district’s Community Partnerships Department, and our 4th grade teacher leaders accomplished. They created a joint project with the University of Maine in Orono, and NOAA Weather Station in Gray. Dr. Eason, from Orono, has a high altitude ballooning project for schools throughout the state, which we will launch at the weather station courtesy of meteorologist John Jensenius. The students and teachers have created experiments that will go up with the balloon in two payload boxes. The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) partnered with us to offer Kinder Concerts! In the fall all of our K-3 students attended a concert at the South Portland High School auditorium. Teachers worked with students prior to the performance, using educational materials provided by the PSO that aligns to our music learning targets.

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