Teaching, Learning & Innovation

“I Teach to Inspire by Engaging Learners”

Creating and monitoring quality curriculum is an ongoing process due to the range of grade levels a curriculum covers, the quality of the available instructional materials, and the challenging expectations of student learning. Ongoing curriculum communications strengthen coherence across and among school levels. A well-designed curriculum can assist teachers in designing powerful learning experiences, provide seamless course/grade progressions, and improve student performance. Teachers take an active part in curriculum development. Standards and concept-based curriculum, performance assessments and high quality instruction are at the heart of what keeps the Griswold Public Schools thriving.

Griswold Public School’s Curricular Instructional Core

We believe students are:

  • Effective communicators
  • Collaborators
  • Creative, critical thinkers
  • Productive and caring citizens

We believe teachers:

  • Ignite a passion for learning
  • Connect with their student
  • Create personalized learning experiences that maximize strengths of every student

We believe curriculum is:

  • Cognitively engaging
  • Connected to global competencies
  • Coherent and measurable

Griswold’s Curriculum

  • Is a scope and sequence of grade level and course level standards and activities
  • Includes knowledge and skills students need to learn
  • Defines what all students should know and be able to do
  • Develops coherence and consistency for grades K-12 which ensures vertical and horizontal alignment
  • Includes resources and tools for teachers and students
  • Defines assessments to be used to note student successes, needs and learning
  • Is transparent, developing shared understandings for teachers, leaders, parents and community members
  • Includes units, essential understandings and questions, standards, and objectives for each content area and grade level

Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment Frameworks

Essential Curriculum Unit Components

GPS curriculum units provide a plan for teaching, learning and assessment at each grade and content level.

Components of the Unit Overview:

Unit Title

Unit Goals

Unit Standards

Unwrapped Standards (Priority Standards/Assessed Standards)

Skills (What students will be able to do)

Concepts (What students will know)

Essential Questions

Big Ideas (connected to essential questions)

Vocabulary (Domain specific)



End of Unit Assessments

Performance Tasks (include rubrics as needed)

Other Evidence (may include formative tasks, quizzes, journals, etc)

Engaging Learning Experiences:

Common Learning Experiences


Teacher Resources

Student Resources

Technology Based Resources

Griswold Public Schools 2018 - 2019 Instructional and Assessment Focus Areas:

Student Learning Targets

Checking for Understanding

Student Learning Targets

Student learning targets are expected to be explicitly stated to set the purpose of the lesson. Teachers take time to explain the learning target and break it apart for students so they are clear on the purpose and relevance of the task. Students are given time to have meaningful discussions centered around the learning target in which they can share ideas and ask clarifying questions, creating a culture of learning that is student centered.


Effective oral and written communication for a variety of audiences and purposes

Students will be able to:

  • Read independently; speak effectively; listen actively.
  • Read, write, and speak to explain, persuade, and inform.
  • Read for critical understanding and deep thinking
  • Write to clarify thinking and express ideas
  • Understand and express ideas in more than one language in order to connect globally

Critical Thinking

Problem solving through perseverance

Students will be able to:

  • Formulate meaningful questions
  • Identify, manage, and address complex problems
  • Imagine and pursue alternatives
  • Apply abstract knowledge and develop and execute solutions
  • Make reasoned and ethical decisions in response to complex “real-world” problems.


Teamwork and leadership through respectful dialogue and interactions

Students will be able to:

  • Engage in group discussions, achieve consensus, and negotiate outcomes
  • Learn from and work effectively with individuals and groups
  • Coordinate tasks, manage groups, and delegate responsibilities
  • Consider all diverse perspectives in decisions making
  • Implement decisions and meet goals


Innovation and risk taking through imagination
Students will be able to:

  • Produce ideas, works, and writings that are unique and meaningful
  • Employ unique talents and interests to demonstrate understanding
  • Express independence of spirit through artistic, intellectual, and practical experiences
  • Explore and experiment with new ideas and strategies in a climate of changing priorities


Personal integrity and values through compassionate and ethical actions

Students will be able to:

  • Respect and value oneself and others regardless of differences
  • Take ownership and be responsible
  • Contribute and participate as productive and caring citizens
  • Commit to honesty and fairness
  • Persevere through challenges

Checking for Understanding

Checking for understanding during daily lessons encompasses a wide range of techniques - formal and informal, oral and written verbal and nonverbal - used by teachers and students to track what students understand and can do throughout a lesson. As a result of this ongoing assessment, teachers and students make adjustments to what they are doing to ensure that gaps in understanding are addressed and that students who have mastered concepts may comfortably move on to another learning task.

Checking for understanding strategies include the following:

  • Writing and reflection
  • Student discussion protocols
  • Quick checks
  • Strategic observation and listening
  • Debriefs

Student Assessments

  • CT Assessments
    • SBAC
    • NWEA MAP
    • NGSS Science
    • PSAT/SAT

Common Core State Standards

Curriculum Standards

  • ELA/Math/Science NGSS
  • Parent Roadmaps
  • CCSS - Website