Introduction to K-12 Curriculum Guides
Research on learning suggests that, in addition to effective teaching strategies, high student achievement requires:
Curriculum and instruction that is focused on standards.
Assessments aligned to monitor student progress, and curriculum that
is coordinated/articulated within and between grade levels.
Support for culturally relevant student learning and effective instruction.
Teachers and administrators from all grade levels and schools in our
districts have collaborated on the development of documents that guide
curriculum, instruction, and the assessment of student learning in our
schools. The K-12 curriculum guides identify standards and establish
expectations for instruction. The guides establish a course of study
that is consistent across grade levels from school to school (horizontal
alignment) as well as sequential as students move from one grade level
to the next (vertical alignment) from kindergarten through twelfth
A "living" curriculum is one that creates consistent
experiences/outcomes for students focused on high status knowledge and
skills. In the Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, we
are committed to supporting a collegial process for the review and
refinement of curriculum. In order to sustain a coherent
curriculum/course of studies, yet respond to new research and best
practices, we encourage and support on-going, collaborative curriculum
development. Each year, curriculum maps may be revised through this
collaborative process.Once new and/or revised curricula (or courses)
meet administrative approval, they are incorporated into the appropriate
By placing these curriculum guides on our district website, we invite
teachers, parents, and others to view our curriculum. We encourage
discourse about what we teach and why. We welcome constructive comments
and hope these guides stimulate discourse about teaching and learning
and about high expectations for achievement for all of our students.
Dr. Wendy Kohler
Executive Director of Curriculum and Program Development,K-12