MVSD Curriculum

Welcome to the MVSD Curriculum site!

This site houses our Social Studies, SEL, Math, Literacy, Science, and Music Curriculum. You will also find MVU's Proficiency-based Graduation Requirements here.

SEL Updates - In August 2020, we rolled out our PK-12 SEL Competencies that were developed by a team of dedicated teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors. These competencies were created in collaboration with experts from CASEL in 2019- 2020. We know that these non-academic essential skills are absolutely critical in laying the foundation for student success not just in school but in life. This year we are very excited to partner with Heart Shift Consulting expert, Kori Sanchez Smith, to deepen our understanding of integrating SEL practices into academics .

Math News - After a year of research and consultation with VMI Director, Judi Laird, our math team is moving forward with adopting a new math program. We are very excited that MVU teachers will begin training and implementing the Open Up math program this year in middle and high school. In our elementary schools, select teachers will be piloting the Imagine Learning version of Illustrative Mathematics with a full roll-out of the program set for August of 2023.

Literacy Updates - In literacy, we continue refining our K-6 Writing Curriculum with national consultant, Leah Mermelstein, and support classroom implementation of Writing Workshop through embedded coaching. At MVU, ELA teachers will continue working with Vermont-based organization, Partnerships in Literacy and Learning to build ELA units of study.

Science Updates - Our science curriculum team putt together resource kits for our K-6 units of study for each school last year. This year the focus will be on creating common assessments across the district and providing professional learning in teaching STEM led by district teacher leaders and through our partnership in a three-year PD grant with the ECHO Center. We are also extremely lucky to have local naturalist, Kurt Valenta, continue working with teachers on using nature-based, hands-on, outdoor learning to teach the curriculum.

Music - Our creative music teachers developed a music curriculum to provide a well-rounded education for all our students. The hope is to inculcate in children a love of music that begins in the early years and lasts a lifetime!

Marzano's Instructional Framework continues to guide our instructional practices across the district. We do this by providing our staff with professional development from national and local consultants as well as our very own district experts.

You will also find the MVSD continuous improvement plan from 2022-2023 on this site. We look forward to starting this year reenergized and inspired to provide students with high-quality, equitable, and engaging instruction and collaborating with families and the community on our journey to continuously improve our schools.

I wish all our teachers, administrators, families, and staff members the very best.

With thanks and gratitude,

Kosha Patel, Ph.D.

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

July 29, 2022

Local Assessment Plan - Coming Soon!