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Curriculum and Instruction

    Curriculum study and writing is a continuous improvement process. Each curriculum document is developed as a part of cycle that has begun with English Language Arts, Math, and Science.  For the 2017-18 school year, teachers are writing curricula for Social Studies.  In future years, other content areas will be developed.  As a part of the process, teachers work collaboratively to build content related to these broad areas:

    1. Identify desired results: big ideas and skills:
      What should students know, understand, and be able to do? 
    2. Determine acceptable evidence: culminating assessment task:
      How will we know if students have achieved the desired results and met the content standards?
    3. Plan learning experiences and instruction:
      What are the lessons and activities that will support student learning within each unit of instruction? 

    A guaranteed and viable curriculum (GVC) is one that guarantees equal opportunity for learning for all students. Similarly, it guarantees adequate resources for teachers to teach content and for students to learn it. A guaranteed and viable curriculum is one that guarantees that the curriculum being taught is the curriculum being assessed. It is viable when adequate resources are ensured to teach all determined essential content.

    Click this link for the public facing curriculum content: http://bgschools.buildyourowncurriculum.com/Public/Landing_Grades.aspx

     

    About The Missouri Learning Standards

     

    The Missouri Learning Standards define the knowledge and skills students need in each grade level and course for success in college, other post-secondary training and careers. These expectations are aligned to the Show-Me Standards, which define what all Missouri high school graduates should know and be able to do.

     

    In January 1996, Missouri adopted the Show-Me Standards, a demanding set of content and process standards that have proved to be an excellent frame of reference for student performance in Missouri. Grade-level expectations (GLEs) were then developed to provide grade by grade targets for instruction for teachers. Those expectations were revised regularly based on teacher feedback and new research. As End-of-Course (EOC) assessments were developed at the high school level, Course-level expectations (CLEs) were created to provide teachers with course-specific objectives.

     

    The latest iteration of expectations aligned with the Show-Me Standards are called the Missouri Learning Standards. The Missouri Learning Standards help ensure students learn basic and higher-order skills, including problem solving and critical thinking. The standards are relevant to the real world and reflect the knowledge and skills students need to achieve their goals. Learning outcomes improve when students, parents and teachers work together toward shared goals. The Missouri Learning Standards give school administrators, teachers, parents and students a road map for learning expectations in each grade and course. They are key to Missouri becoming one of the top 10 states for education by 2020.

     

    The Missouri Learning Standards do not dictate curriculum. Local districts and schools make their own decisions about curriculum, instructional strategies, materials and textbooks.