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Curriculum & Instruction

Curriculum is a framework that identifies the concepts, information and skills for a course and helps to provide consistency and continuity of instruction. Textbooks and other information sources including electronic sources are selected to support the curriculum.

Instruction includes strategies for engaging students in active learning and for tailoring these experiences to meet the individual needs of students so that all students improve their performance.

Assessment and testing are planned to improve student performance. Teachers use data and information from a variety of standardized tests, performance assessments and teacher observations to make decisions to modify curriculum and instruction to improve student performance.

The CIA (Curriculum Instruction & Assessment) is comprised of program coordinators, program specialists, and school administrators that come together to create the documents that become the guidelines of how we teach the students in Madison.


Curriculum Guides - Overview

A curriculum guide is a structured document that delineates the philosophy, goals, objectives, learning experiences, instructional resources and assessments that comprise a specific educational program. Additionally, it represents what students should know and be able to do at every grade level, and supports teachers in knowing how to achieve these goals.

The formulation of such a school or district curriculum guide is not viewed as the culmination of the curriculum development process, but rather as an essential step in the process of ongoing curriculum development and implementation. Thus, no guide will be perfect. No guide will ever be a finished product cast in stone. However, to be effective, a guide must earn acceptance by teachers and must be deemed educationally valid by parents and the community at large. From the Connecticut State Department of Education.


Madison Curriculum Management Cycle

Outline of all the steps and processes curriculum must go through to become a guide.


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