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Curriculum and Instruction

Jean Duffy
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
763-261-4502 ext. 3133

Sheila Ely-Kotaska
Administrative Assistant, Office of Curriculum and Instruction
MARSS Coordinator
763-261-4502 ext. 3160

The primary goal of the office of Curriculum and Instruction is to support the Becker School District goal of ‘preparing self-directed learners to thrive in a changing global community’.

This is accomplished through:

1) The implementation of a guaranteed and viable curriculum articulated across grade levels and aligned to state and/or national standards (Marzano, 2003)

2) Infusion across the curriculum of the 21st century skills indentified in The Global Achievement Gap (Tony Wagner, 2008) 
• Critical thinking & Problem Solving
• Collaboration
• Agility and Adaptability
• Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
• Effective Oral and Written Communication
• Accessing and Analyzing Information
• Curiosity and Imagination

3) Continuous improvement in teaching and learning supported by:
a. Implementation of The Art and Science of Teaching (Marzano, 2007) as a comprehensive framework for effective instructional practices
b. Implementation of Professional Learning Communities (Cohorts) (DuFours and Marzano, 2011) in order to provide faculty with job embedded opportunities to collaboratively engage in “recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve” (DuFour, DuFour, Eaker & Many, 2010)

4) Instructional technology initiatives, including a 1-1 iPad implementation in the High School, designed to improve digital learning opportunities and supported by the office of Instructional Technology.

Programs and services coordinated through this office include:

Curriculum Review/Academic Standards
District Testing
Staff Development
Federal Programs – Title Grant
Integration Grant
Homeschool Support
District Advisory Committee
Response to Intervention
English Language Learner Support
Enrichment Program
BRIDGES and Mental Health
Homeless Liasion

Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement 2011

Curriculum and Instruction is home to many programs and resources for the Becker Public Schools.  The District Services Office is located in the front of the high school building, door #2 entrance.