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The office of Curriculum and Instruction supports the Becker School District goal of preparing self-directed learners to thrive in a changing global community’ by providing leadership for continuous improvement in teaching and learning grounded in research and evidence-based practice.

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Primary Areas of Focus:

1) Implementation of a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum articulated across grade levels and aligned to state and/or national standards (Marzano, 2003).

2) Implementation of Professional Learning Communities in order to provide teachers with job embedded opportunities to collaboratively engage in “recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve” (DuFour, DuFour, Eaker & Many, 2010).

3) Implementation of the Becker Instructional Framework, based on the research of Dr. Robert Marzano, as a comprehensive framework for effective instructional practices.

4) Collaboration with the Department of Instructional Technology to, 1) improve digital learning opportunities and, 2) infuse 21st Century Skills, identified by Tony Wagner (2008) in The Global Achievement Gap, across the curriculum.

Critical thinking & Problem Solving

• Collaboration

• Agility and Adaptability

• Initiative and Entrepreneurialism

• Effective Oral and Written Communication

• Accessing and Analyzing Information

• Curiosity and Imagination