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Curriculum Report Summary

Curriculum Report Summary

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 District 112 takes pride in our collective work to serve the students and families of our communities. In the last several years, we have embedded a continuous improvement expectationinto virtually every aspect of our programs and services. This expectation meant that during the2010-2011 school year, we continued the implementation of our Secondary Redesign Initiative,
began serious work on implementation strategies for our elementary schools’ INSPIRE initiative,
and engaged staff and community in dialogue to identify current strengths and future goals. Below is a summary of our achievements and standardized testing results for the 2010-11 school year.
 Summary of Progress on Key InitiativesHigh Schools
Second phase of new courses from secondary redesign program introducedYear Two of Physics First initiative successful with all 10
th
graders taking chemistry aftertaking physics in 2009-10Introduction of accelerated English and science courses allowed students to move morequickly into elective courses in Areas of Interest, which are:
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Arts & Communications
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Global Studies
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Health and Social Sciences
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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)Introduced capstone course options to students (required for the class of 2013)
Middle Schools
Learning targets
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written in kid-friendly language -- posted on a daily basis inclassroomsDevelopment and implementation of common formative assessments for studentsStaff professional development shared across all three middle schools to ensurecommon practices and standards at all facilities
Expanded electives that align with the high schools’ four Areas of Interest
 
Elementary Schools
Teachers trained at the Science House (part of the Science Museum of Minnesota) inpreparation for STEM embedment into elementary school curriculumInitiated development of Dual Language Spanish program for rollout in 2012Development of Continuous Improvement Model that allows students to progressthrough curriculum as they are able, rather than being limited by traditional age/gradeconfigurations

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