Curriculum & Instruction

Teaching and learning in a climate of care is at the heart of the Oak Park Unified School District. At all grade levels, teachers aim to provide instruction that meets the individual needs of students while also upholding a high level of academic achievement. This site provides an overview of the Oak Park curriculum, materials, and academic standards.

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Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a progression of targeted interventions to ensure all students excel behaviorally, academically, and social-emotionally. OPUSD uses Illuminate Education's Fastbridge platform to universally screen students in grades K-8 three times a year in Math and Reading. A team of educators and paraprofessionals review the screening data, along with classroom data, to identify students needing additional math and/or reading support. Our Interventionists provide evidence-based interventions in 6-8 week cycles. Student progress is monitored throughout the intervention periods and students are re-screened during the next screening window.

New for 2022-23 School Year

Elementary - NEW Science Adoption

FOSS gives students the opportunity to think and act like scientists and engineers. UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science developed FOSS® Next Generation™ for California to honor the letter and spirit of NGSS. FOSS presents science the way students learn it, as they explore phenomena firsthand on a journey toward mastering the three dimensions of the Framework. ThinkLink is FOSS's online platform and can be accessed via Clever.

Middle & High School - OPUSD Stylebook (English Language Arts)

The stylebook is a project that came out of last summer's OPUSD English Teacher Symposium. The idea was to create a formal MLA writing resource for students, parents, and teachers from across the district. This website is a living document where teachers can curate helpful writing information/tools and review updates in MLA style. English teachers from all OPUSD secondary campuses were involved in its planning and creation.

New Courses for 2022-2023

Intro to Audio and Music Production

Medea Creek Middle School (Board approved 3/15/2022)

MCMS New Course- Intro To Audio and Music Production

Exploration in Data Science

Oak Park High School (Board Approved 3/15/2022)

OPHS New Course Request- Data Science

Music Appreciation CP

Oak Park Independent School (Board Approved 3/15/2022)

OPIS Music Appreciation CP- New Course Template

Curriculum & Instruction Department

Tammy Herzog

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services therzog@opusd.org

Ellen Chevalier

Coordinator of Instructional Programs
echevalier@opusd.org

Asya Zoolman

Student Data Specialist azoolman@opusd.org

Melissa Curtis

Department Secretary, Curriculum & Instruction mcurtis@opusd.org