Commitment to Advancing Student Learning

2021-2022 School Year

Wayne County Public Schools recognizes all students need to attain essential skills and dispositions to experience success throughout each stage in their life. Sound curriculum choices, routine use of evidenced-based instructional practices and strong partnerships with parents and the community will support student acquisition of the skills and dispositions needed to be career and college ready. 

As a result of reflecting upon past and current student performance outcomes coupled with the impact of online and blended learning, it is clear there is a need for district-wide, standards-aligned curriculum resources and routine use of identified evidenced-based instructional practices in order to support student attainment of essential skills and dispositions.  Content specialists researched and vetted each curriculum and instructional resource to be used for the next three to six years in order to ensure what is taught is aligned with the correlating North Carolina Standard Course of Study and supports implementation of priority instructional practices.  In addition, the curricula and instructional resources include the following critical features:

  • Differentiated instruction
  • Embedded assessments
  • Routine and deliberate skills practice (blocked and interleaving)
  • Student interactivity in online and offline coursework and classroom discussions
  • Professional development for educators and networking opportunities within district and school professional learning communities
  • Easy-to-understand, real-time data to help educators design and implement impactful action plans
  • Support implementing and sustaining a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) by providing a framework of data-based problem solving, systems and practices for K through 12th grade
Wayne County Public Schools is keenly aware there is no singular curriculum, program or strategy that will prepare students for their future.  However, providing students a well-rounded education that includes integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies and practices into Arts; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); History and ELA; and Health and PE will help .  Wayne County Public Schools educators are committed to effectively and comprehensively utilizing the following district-wide curricula and instructional resources in kindergarten through twelfth grade in order to advance student learning. 
  • Heggerty Phonemic Awareness interactive curriculum for Kindergarten-2nd grade students
  • ELA HMH print and online curriculum for Kindergarten-8th grade students
  • SpringBoard print and online curriculum for English I - English IV students
  • Math print and online curriculum (HMH Math for Kindergarten-8th grade students, enVision for Math I-III students, My MathLab for Math IV students)
  • Study Island online and printable science curriculum resources for 5th-12th grade students 
  • ThinkUp! Reading and Math online and print skills practice for 1st-8th grade students
  • Universal screeners and benchmark assessments such as mClass (Grades K-3 Reading), Renaissance Star (Grades 1-8 ELA/Math), Achieve3000 (Literacy/Math 9-12) support student growth with differentiated skill practice via small group instruction and online adaptive software such as Imagine LearningFreckle and/or Achieve3000. 
  • Actively Learn SS online and printable units of study for high school students
  • OnToCollege, program to promote career and college readiness, for high school students
  • Cultural arts, performing arts and health and physical education curriculum resources for Kindergarten through 12th grade students
  • World language curriculum resources 
  • Pear Deck, an interactive presentation tool used to actively engage students' in individual and social learning that provides students with teacher and individual notes at the end of each asynchronous or synchronous session.
The district is scheduling high-quality professional development and professional learning community sessions to support school personnel in effectively and comprehensively utilizing district-wide curriculum resources to maximize student learning by delivering evidence-based instruction using standards-aligned resources. In addition, the district will facilitate parent informational sessions regarding the curriculum and priority instructional strategies to be utilized.
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