September 2016
Dear FNWSU Colleagues,

Vermont's newest School Quality Standards states that each supervisory union in the state is to have a SU approved curriculum in each of its school. Our curricular frameworks have been FNWSU's answer to this requirement for the past two school years in science, math, reading, and writing. We can celebrate that nearly all our classroom teachers K-6 are working in collaborative teams using these frameworks in their everyday practice. We are closer to having a guaranteed and viable curriculum than ever before!

Any curriculum document should always be considered in draft form and this is no different. We believe reflective teachers get better each time they teach a unit and see how their students respond. In light of this, the math and literacy teams are looking for feedback from teaching teams about each unit of study after the unit has been taught and assessed. The curriculum will be revised as we continue our work together.

There are several resources available to teachers for each of these units of study. The math and literacy leaders are well-versed in the resources and will be working with grade level teams in planning the units together. We are not providing any "programs" as we believe teachers are at their best when they have the freedom to match materials to the intended expectations and their individual students. What you will find here are the intended expectations for each unit as guided by the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

This 2016-2017 school year, you will notice that each unit of study now has a highlighted standard and hyperlink to a proficiency scale. This highlighted standard is considered our priority standard for this unit of study. It is the standard that we are guaranteeing every child in FNWSU will master proficiency. Our tier 1 and tier 2 work will be dedicated to reaching or surpassing proficiency in the priority standard. To help with this effort, the hyperlinked proficiency scale is our first attempt to name exactly what proficiency in this priority standard means. Because this is our first go at proficiency scales, they may not be exactly right. We need teacher feedback to further revise and perfect our scales. For more information on priority standards and proficiency scales please go to the Marzano Research website and/or talk with your content leader who is well-versed in the subject. You can also always contact me!

We hope you find the site helpful and the curriculum up to the expectations of the CCSS and NGSS. Any questions can be directed to your math or literacy leader as well as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. 


Libby Bonesteel, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Math, Literacy, and Science Content Leadership Teams
Math: Heather Digby, Joan Lumbra, Faith Johnson, and Kyle Ashton
Literacy: Deb Boucher, Brye Trainer, Kosha Patel, and Edna Iannaco, 
Science: Christine Depatie, Claire Dietsche, Tonya Caswell, and Ashley Bachelder

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