HISD Teachers and Administrators Go To Work to Improve Instruction for Houston Children
Improving Literacy a Top District Priority for the District
HISD Teachers and Administrators today kick-off the district’s Curriculum Writing Initiative for Houston school students. Teachers and administrators have been charged with reviewing the HISD curriculum already in place in English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies and making recommended changes.
The new curriculum will focus on preparing students with the skills the state of Texas has determined all children must have for college and career readiness. The district supports the re-write by bringing in some of the country’s foremost authorities on curriculum and instruction including Kilgo Consulting and the Neuhaus Education Center.
The effort got underway Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at the Delmar Stadium, 2020 Mangum Rd., in Houston.
“Our goal is to tightly align how we teach our core subjects from grade-to-grade and from school-to-school. We will prepare students not only for state standardized test but for college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT,” said Nancy Gregory, HISD’s Officer for Curriculum and Instruction.
“Our teachers and librarians are directly involved in the process, serving as curriculum authors or as part of the review process,” said Director of Curriculum Dr. Carol Bedard. “Their input is critical to our success.”
The writing teams will study the state of Texas’ new standards for all subject matter for each grade, evaluate the existing course curriculum documents and re-design a new standards-based curriculum for all grade levels and core content courses.
The implementation of the new instruction plan supports the HISD Strategic Direction Core Initiative No. 3: to raise the level of academic rigor for all students by updating the curriculum to align with standards for college and career readiness.
A common standards-based curriculum guarantees that every HISD teacher will have access to the resources necessary to plan, teach and assess instruction and student learning effectively.