Curriculum and Instruction

Welcome to the district webpages for the Tewksbury Township School District!

This section of our site will provide you with details concerning our vision, goals, curriculum writing process and related curriculum guides for our two schools: Tewksbury Elementary School (K-4) and Old Turnpike Middle School (Pre K and 5-8).

The State of New Jersey has recently adopted a set of COMMON CORE STANDARDS in an effort to better prepare students for the 21st century.  Keeping with this mission, our district will be focusing on many new paradigms as we write and revise our future curriculum guides. The essential elements of these preparations are illustrated below.

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21st Century New Paradigm Goals:

  • Personalized Learning,
  • Technology Infusion,
  • On-line Instruction & Learning,
  • More Rigorous Course Content,
  • School-University Collaboratives,
  • Greater Flexibility in Scheduling,
  • Stress on a Global Curriculum,
  • Increased  Cognitive Demands on Students (Higher Level Thinking Skills),
  • Career Education as well as Internships to augment instruction,
  • Problem Solving Emphasized, and
  • Best Practices utilized to ensure that school is more interesting and challenging for all students.
 
Importance of Curriculum Writing:

Curriculum provides an important and valued leadership opportunity and service.  We look to knowledgeable and skilled faculty to design curriculum that provides high quality learning experiences for students and supports our collective goals and aspirations for student achievement.

The process of designing curriculum by mapping backwards (using the UbD Model) from standards to assessments, and finally to the design of learning experiences represents a significant shift from the traditional model of curriculum development.  Further, the curriculum development process is designed to be recursive:  a document is developed, used, refined and improved based on performance data arising from an analysis of student work and feedback from faculty and students.  In this way, curriculum documents are almost always a “work in progress.”  The written curriculum will be revised on an ongoing basis as a result of faculty, student, and parent feedback.

District Expectations for Curriculum Development:

A curriculum guide is a structured document that delineates the philosophy, goals, objectives, learning experiences, instructional resources and assessments that comprise a specific educational program.  Additionally, it represents an articulation of what students should know and be able to do and supports teachers in knowing how to achieve these goals.

Accordingly, an exemplary guide is a tool that assists in planning and implementing a high quality instructional program.  It:

  • establishes a clear philosophy and set of overarching goals that guide the entire program and the decisions that affect each aspect of the program;
  • establishes sequences both within and between levels and assures a cohort and articulated progression from grade to grade;
  • outlines a basic framework for what to do, how to do it, when to do it and how to know if it has been achieved;
  • allows for flexibility and encourages experimentation and innovation within an overall structure;
  • promotes interdisciplinary approaches and the integration of curricula when  appropriate;
  • suggests methods of assessing the achievement of the program’s goals and objectives;
  • provides a means for its own ongoing revision and improvement; and
  • provides direction for procurement of human, material and fiscal resources to implement the program.

The Curriculum Development Process:

The development of an effective curriculum guide is a multi-step, ongoing and cyclical process.  The process progresses from evaluating the existing program, to designing an improved program, to implementing a new program and back to evaluating the revised program.
The Tewksbury Township School District carries out this process in a planned and systematic manner that includes the components listed below.
 

Components of an Effective Curriculum Development Process: 

  1. Planning: Refer to Curriculum Writing Process document.    
  1. Articulating and Developing: Refer to Writing Agreement  Template  Curriculum Guide Format  (UBD Format)  and Curriculum Guide checklist  documents.
  1. Implementing: Refer to Ten year Curriculum Cycle and Guide Cover  documents. 
  1. Evaluating: Refer to Ten Year Curriculum Cycle for notations ensuring the updating of instructional programs and determining the success of the program.
 
Tewksbury Township School District is committed to teacher quality and student excellence.  The adoption of our renewal plan and commitment to curriculum as a “living document” supports ongoing research, development and enhancements in all subject areas. Curriculum writing offers an outstanding professional development opportunity as well.  Whenever possible, our curriculum development efforts will be collaborative activities that provide an arena in which faculty can examine issues related to academic content, pedagogy and student performance.  Please visit our Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Integration web pages regularly for updates, newly completed documents, as well as resources which will be added as they are developed and approved.

 

For additional information feel free to contact:

Lisa L Schneider

Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Integration

Voice (908) 439-2010 ext. 4226

E-Mail:  lschneider@tewksburyschools.org