Dr. Carol H. Artis, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning and Federal Programs
Wayne County Public Schools
Wayne County Public Schools embraces a philosophy towards teaching and learning where classrooms are learning communities that foster a culture of thinking. The Curriculum and Instruction department works to:
- Engage students actively in rigorous and relevant content
- Develop students’ understanding of the content and related concepts through problem-solving and critical thinking
- Provide cognitive challenge through innovative and project based instructional experiences
In our classrooms, we strive to create communities of learning where adults and children learn together. We believe that inquiry learning and complex thinking and problem-solving promote lasting understanding. Our curriculum, therefore, reflects our beliefs about the importance of learning experiences that will lead to lasting understanding and the ability to apply and use knowledge in new contexts. These approaches are highly innovative, and are designed to enhance educational instruction and support student learning.
Our instructional practices address the standards outlined by the state of North Carolina for all subjects and courses, and programs are continually evaluated and refined following a curriculum review process. This curriculum includes a set of academic expectations that all students should master by the end of each grade level. These standards also reflect the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in life after high school, in both post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.
A balanced literacy approach provides each student with rich experiences in reading, writing, listening, speaking, phonics, word study and grammar, with a large portion of the language arts block dedicated to guided reading. Leveled readers are used during guided reading instruction to differentiate instruction so that all children read on their appropriate reading level. This approach provides the opportunity to accelerate children to the next reading level as soon as they demonstrate mastery. Writing is emphasized at each grade level with instruction on developing ideas, sentence fluency, organization, word choice, voice, conventions and presentation.
English As A Second Language (ESL)
Wayne County Public Schools is rich with culture and diversity. Our diverse population is made up of students from around the world with 21 different languages represented. To help address the unique needs of our English as a Second Language (ESL) students, our schools provide the necessary personnel, resources, and ESL classes to help students learn and grow academically. Services from guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, and school nurses are also available to students as needed.
Special Area Subjects
In addition to the core curriculum, students participate in art, music and physical education classes .Students visit and utilize the media center, computer labs, and mobile technology carts support instruction.