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Curriculum

 

General Learner Outcomes (GLO)
The over-arching goals of standards-based learning for all students in all grade levels.

There are 6 GLOs:

  • Self-directed Learner: The ability to be responsible for one's own learning
  • Community Contributor: The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together
  • Complex Thinker: The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving
  • Quality Producer: The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products
  • Effective Communicator: The ability to communicate effectively
  • Effective and Ethical User of Technology: The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically
 
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Hawaii Common Core Standards define the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers when they graduate. They align with college and workforce expectations, are clear and consistent, include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills, are evidence-based, and are informed by standards in top-performing countries.

Common Core is not the curriculum or a set of teaching methods, but standards. Standards define what students should understand and be able to do at each grade level. Teachers, parents and community leaders crafted the Common Core standards, which were initiated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III (HCPS III)
 

English Language Arts (ELA)

Wonders

Reading Wonders is the first and only reading program designed specifically for the Common Core State Standards for Reading/Language Arts. Combining research-based instruction with new tools to meet today’s challenges, every component and every lesson is designed for effective and efficient CCSS instruction. The program provides support to:

  • Building a strong reading foundation
  • Accessing complex text
  • Finding and using text evidence
  • Engaging in collaborative conversations
  • Writing Sources
 

Using a rich range of diverse print and digital media, Wonders provides the instructional support and materials you will only find in a program that was created to teach the rigor, intent, and depth of the new Common Core State Standards.

Reading Intervention

Reading interventions are provided to all students daily based on data obtained from our Universal Screener, DIBELS, and classroom data.  Small Group Instruction is utilized to provide students with specific instruction.  Targeted students receive interventions focused on fluency and foundational skills utilizing research based strategies. Programs used are The Six Minute Solution and Orton-Gillingham.

 

Math

Stepping Stones (K-5)

ORIGO Stepping Stones has been written and developed by a team of experts to provide teachers with access to a world-class elementary math program.

Stepping Stones in an innovative online program that:

  • Fosters students’ thinking and reasoning skills.
  • Delivers multiple ways to differentiate classroom instruction.
  • Provides a valuable source of professional learning for the teachers.
  • Presents methods to access deep understanding and skills.
  • Is rich in online and print resources that engage all students.
  • Offers a cost-effective solution to core math implementation.
  • Assist in the recommended shift to digital instructional materials.
 

Go Math (Grade 6)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Go Math was written to develop and create mathematical thinkers to support the shifts of the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment. 

Go Math is the only program where students…

  • Narrow their focus for deeper understanding
  • Master concepts through engaging activities which develop fluency and build higher-order thinking (H.O.T.) skills
  • Incorporate concept, application, and skills instruction through the "5E" instructional model: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate
  • Learn CCSS and Mathematical Practices with embedded focus, coherence, and rigor
  • Develop skills on a personalized learning path using technology

 

Math Intervention

Math interventions are provided to all students twice a week based on data obtained from grade level Common Formative Assessments. Focus of math interventions is on computational fluency. Teachers in grades 3-6 work with targeted groups of students based on their needs.  Grades K-2 utilize Small Group instruction within their classes to provide targeted instruction.  Various online resources such as Dimension U and XtraMath are used to supplement instruction.

 

Other

Achieve 3000

A web-based differentiated K-12 reading program that uses email, technology, and current events to strengthen students’ literacy skills. The program improves reading proficiency and helps students develop the skills and strategies they need to succeed on high-stakes tests, meet state and Common Core standards, and become college and career ready.

Achieve3000 offers:

  • 100% nonfiction content differentiated to each learner’s individual needs
  • A powerful approach to infusing rigor in daily instruction
  • Scaffolding for struggling readers and English Language Learners
  • Builds literacy and content-area knowledge simultaneously
  • Built-in development of skills assessed on the next generation of high-stakes tests
 
Project Based Learning (PBL)

Project Based Learning is an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. Students go through an extended process of inquiry in a response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. These rigorous projects generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom while holding students accountable for their learning while teaching them 21st century skills (Waimalu’s Comprehensive Needs Assessment, 2012).

8 Essential Elements of PBL

  1. Significant Content
  2. Need to Know
  3. Driving Question
  4. Voice and Choice
  5. 21st Century Skills
  6. Inquiry and Innovation
  7. Revision and Reflection
  8. Public Audience