New curriculum will benefit students thanks to American Recovery Act
Hallways have been jammed with pallets of boxes filled with new manuals and kits that will update and enrich student learning, courtesy of the American Recovery Act.
While custodians finish cleaning and waxing floors so shiny you can see your reflection, they are working around the stacked boxes containing new curriculum that will be opened and used soon. The curriculum department is particularly excited to see what they have ordered reach the hands of the classroom teachers. So far, during this budget cycle, they have been able to spend $600,000 on this new curriculum.
“The money we are spending on curriculum is a huge thing,” that we are grateful for because it benefits our students, noted Chief Academic Officer Brian Dishman.
The district is investing an extra $200 worth of instructional resources per student through this phase of the federal funds. They have carefully selected high quality resources which support teachers in effective implementation of current instructional standards.
Dishman explained that blended resources, which include print and digital materials, have replaced traditional textbooks. These resource based materials provide teachers with what to teach and how to teach it. The research based evidence reveals that this is how students learn the best.
For example, in Science students have access to an online platform where they can watch videos, read text, and interact. So they are engaged in digital simulations, and not just a lab experiment to support the concept being taught. Students are receiving more of a first-hand experience, while teachers are supplied with kits to drive home their teaching through hands-on learning.
On-going trainings are another important component so teachers can use best practices to implement these new curriculum opportunities. Teachers have been receiving in-house workshops this summer on how best to deliver instruction with these new materials. They learn specialized techniques to use in programs like Reading Horizons or advanced technology skills to manipulate dashboards in various subject areas.
New curriculum will be used in Math both at the middle school and high school, while Science curriculum is also new at the high school. During this school year new Social Studies curriculum will be arriving for elementary, middle school and high school. Resources have been added to middle school Science, as well as Language Arts curriculum.
While it has been challenging to face the obstacles from the pandemic, it is rewarding to get this boost on curriculum resources for the classrooms. Over the next two years, there will be an additional $450,000 spent on curriculum updates.
Besides this attention to curriculum and training, upcoming building and renovation projects on the local campus are part of this one-time gain using federal COVID relief monies.
Pallets of books delivered to the WCMS
Stacks of WCMS Math books
Maintenance Employee Alan Doss delivered extra cleaning supplies to WCMS, so they would be well stocked when school starts.
WCHS Custodian Bill Bertram packed a box of new books to add to a huge stack at the high school.
Wayne County High School Custodian Lucinda Hicks put some final touches on the hallway waxing project.