Dr. Debra Kirkhus
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction 
KirkhusD@pcsdny.org

Mrs. Mary Bonanno
Secretary  bonannom@pcsdny.org
(845) 855-2150  

Welcome to the Office of Instruction

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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.

Collaborative teams of teachers, typically facilitated by curriculum leaders,  design units aligned with the New York State Learning Standards, or other appropriate standards,  District Outcomes, and the International Standards for Technology Education.  Their collective work supports our District  Goal of the development of a local, innovative curriculum.  While curriculum development is an ongoing process, we have 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  World Language Curriculum , Pawling Elementary School Curriculum, and our English Language Arts Curriculum at Pawling Middle School.

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. The ones here have been at least 75% mapped. Teachers and curriculum leaders use this site to develop and share curriculum. Unit overviews provide information on the content of the unit, the major questions students will pursue in their inquiry, a description of the major assessment in the unit, and how the unit relates to District outcomes. These unit overviews, and related curriculum maps, are in a continual state of change, revision, and improvement. 

As you view the maps, you will notice that they are arrayed on a calendar. While the rough length of each unit is fairly accurate, when the unit is taught in the year can vary. Typically a unit is included in the curriculum map after it has been designed and piloted.