Dr. Peter Duckett
Dear Bayan School Community members,
As we look ahead in the 2018-2019 school year, we are intentional in building off the successes of last academic year. We will make new forays into further advances in teaching and learning to the standards. In order to accomplish this, we will support the professional learning of teachers.
This year’s efforts will focus on three curricular areas for review and continued support in other areas where there has been recent curricular change.
The three specific areas for curriculum review this year are Technology, The Arts, and Physical Education. Technology will focus in enhancing the existing computer program while identifying ways to further integrate and embed the purposeful use of technology throughout learning in all subjects. These efforts link to the recent establishment of the Innovation Hub and Maker Space at BBS.
In support of the review in The Arts we will be examining designing engaging assessments in the National Core Arts standards. And Physical Education will also focus on assessment design.
While last year saw the formal review of the Math curriculum with numerous changes to existing units of study in each grade, this year we will continue to support enhanced Math instruction by hosting a second year of visits by Erma Anderson, math consultant. The primary focus of these visits is to explore instructional practices that will develop deep mathematical understanding.
We will continue to support recent changes to the Science curriculum and the implementation of the AERO/Next Generation Science Standards such that students develop science competencies and understanding through designing and doing science. We intend to send delegates to the NESA Fall Training Institute to learn about supporting science through three dimensional learning. Science has included an engineering/design standard which links directly to purposeful use of the innovation hub and maker space in pursuit of building scientific understanding through designing, building, and doing.
As the English program has recently appropriated resources to support Columbia Teachers College Reading Writing Project’s Units of Study, we have sent delegates to New York City to week long workshops to learn about implementation. Additionally, we have hosted consultant, Emily DeLiddo, to provide classroom lab experiences whereby teachers have been able to observe implementation in action thereby letting them see what effective reading and writing instruction looks like. We also hosted visiting authors, Michael Salinger and Sara Holbrook, who provided classroom visits with students and an after-school in-service for teachers in writing frameworks that support language learners in becoming effective writers. Throughout all of these events, teachers in the Arabic program have been active and interested participants because they too are seeking ways to support language and literacy development in the Arabic program. We will continue to seek ways to bring both the English and Arabic programs into alignment and convergence on best practices to support language and literacy
Dr. Peter Duckett
Coordinator of Curriculum and Professional Learning