Welcome to the Office of Instruction
Ms. Kim Fontana
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
Mrs. Mary Bonanno
The office of Curriculum and Instruction collaborates with school district administrators, teachers and all instructional staff to assure every student has a course of study that that will support him or her in attaining the outcomes identified by the community through our Board of Education. These outcomes are broad and expect that students will not only attain competency in core subjects and be critical thinkers, but that they will construct knowledge, think creatively and be able to successfully meet the challenges and opportunities of an economically competitive, technologically advanced, culturally diverse, and knowledge-based twenty-first century.
During the past three years, collaborative teams of teachers have been working to design lessons and units aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards in English and mathematics, which have expectations in line with the demands of 21st century college and career paths. This work will continue in 17-18, along with alignment to the updated International Standards for Technology Education, recently adopted New York State Social Studies Frameworks and the newly adopted New York State Learning Standards for Science. However, to truly achieve the outcomes Pawling has identified, opportunities for students to learn, practice, and revise their efforts and understandings across all these broad, locally determined outcomes will need to be deeply embedded in the district’s curriculum as a whole.
Work that has been undertaken so far supports these efforts. During 2013-2014, the district adopted a uniform outcome-based template for unit creation based on the work of Grant Wiggins. The district has also provided a web-based tool for mapping the curriculum, analyzing the curriculum, and developing units of instruction. In 2014-2015, we deepened the alignment of our curriculum and instructional improvement processes to the broader vision of educational outcomes provided by the Board and community and were also able to more collaboratively design professional development to support the necessary expert instruction. In the 2015-2016 school year, we were able to create the critical position of literacy coach, to augment our efforts in literacy and instruction. Beginning in the 16 17 school year, we launched a public portal that shares unit overviews for many courses. The unit overviews provide information about the line of inquiry being explored through the instruction, the major assessment, and the relationship between the unit of instruction and the District Outcomes.
Curriculum Leaders provide updates on our progress to the Board of Education. Find presentations related to our Pawling Elementary School Curriculum, our English Language Arts Curriculum at Pawling Middle School, and our Secondary Mathematics Curriculum.
Our curriculum benefits from the participation of many individuals and organizations who serve as partners with our teachers and leaders. Pawling’s is a broad vision of a well-educated child, and part of the work of strengthening the curriculum process will benefit from broad participation on the part of school and community. Please join us in these efforts.
Public Curriculum Site
Many of our courses have unit overviews that may be viewed by the public. Visit the public curriculum site to learn more about what students are learning, exploring, and creating.