The goal of the Chittenden South Supervisory Union Curriculum Office is to assist our six schools to provide a learning environment that nurtures the academic development of every student. To achieve this as well as program consistency throughout CSSU, meaningful professional development is planned, coordinated and assessed by the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. As a supervisory union, we regularly update curriculum and assessments to align with research based "best practice." The national Common Core Standards as well as the Next Generation Science Standards are a significant focus of our curriculum and instruction work.
Projects underway through the CSSU curriculum office include:
MATH - Coordination of CSSU Math Initiative that includes: implementation of Common Core aligned Bridges K-5, implementation of Common Core aligned CMP3 for middle level students, implementation of Fact Fluency Assessment, coordination of data use and analysis in VCAT, and professional development focused on Best Practices and Studios K-12 as well as implementation of the Common Core Math Standards
LITERACY - Revision and implementation of On Demand Expository Writing Assessment, support for Readers and Writers Workshop instructional model, implementation of Lucy Calkins core aligned units of writing, coordination of data use and analysis in VCAT, and professional development focused on the Common Core ELA Standards and related instructional shifts
SCIENCE - Revision and implementation of CSSU Inquiry Science Task Assessments, use and analysis of data, and ongoing professional development in science and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Coordination of a multifaceted K-12 in-service program that focuses on implementation of the Common Core, MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support), Math and Literacy Best Practice and NGSS
ASSESSMENT - Continued development and refinement of the CSSU Common Assessment System (CCAS) and data collection and use in VCAT