To: Michael Green
From: Asha Riley
Date: February 16, 2022
Re: Teaching and Learning
K-4 English Language Arts Curriculum Review
In Woodland, we have established a 7-year review cycle where each core subject curriculum is reviewed to ensure resources continue to provide students with high-quality content.
This marks the 7th year we have used our K-4 ELA curriculum and time for review.
The review process begins with two important sources of data - a survey of all K-4 teachers and student achievement data from the time we’ve used the curriculum.
I have included the results of their reflections on our materials below.
If you recommended a change, what is important we consider in the adoption process? 16 responses
National Boards Update:
We are very excited to announce that Janelle DeGroot and Kyla Keefer just earned their National Board Certification! Their hard work and dedication to their profession have earned them this prestigious certification and we are very proud of their accomplishments.
One very intentional strategy we’ve used to advance quality teaching in Woodland is to promote and support National Board Certification.
Recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers produce better learning for students. The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.
In Woodland, we provide a course to support a cohort of teachers working toward achieving National Board Certification. To date, the success rate of participants is extremely high.
Course Description: This course is based on the portfolio of teaching practice that is assembled by candidates for certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and the research of best practices to prepare for the Assessment Center. Candidates will examine the National Board standards and criteria for accomplished teaching in their certificate area. Candidates will work in bi-weekly meetings during the academic year. The NBPTS cohort will facilitate teachers in the development of their components that will include DVDs, student work samples, and written commentaries that describe, analyze, and reflect on their teaching practice and impact on student learning, and preparation for the assessment center. In addition, candidates will engage in peer review of written entries. The National Board process requires approximately 300+ hours of outside reading, writing, and evaluation.