Elementary Curriculum

Darien Public Schools

Welcome to the Elementary Curriculum Department

Our Vision For Teaching & Learning

in the Elementary Schools

Elementary schools are joyful places that are centered around students where all staff work together to challenge learners academically, emotionally and socially. Faculty members work to engage families and community stakeholders in opportunities that support the school’s central goal and vision.

Curriculum and instruction promote academic excellence and that is innovative, rigorous and relevant while promoting curiosity and connections about the world at large.

Social and Emotional Learning is as important as academic learning; schools emphasize a sense of belonging for students, staff and families. Kindness, empathy, integrity, and care are the foundation of all that we do in schools.

Students require differentiated and personalized opportunities in school to thrive as individuals. Emphasis is placed on habits of mind; such as, persistence, flexibility, questioning, metacognition, and thinking flexibly to share a growth- mindset, in that our “work” is never done; there are always opportunity to grow.

Learning environments encourage active involvement with critical and creative thinking, problem solving and applying learning in meaningful and authentic ways across all areas to support student success.

Cory Gillette, Program Director Elementary Literacy and Social Studies cgillette@darienps.org

Linda Johnson, Program Director Elementary Mathematics, Science and Gifted Education ljohnson@darienps.org