Welcome to the Curriculum and Instruction website. The goal of this website is to provide teachers, parents and community members with resources regarding PreK-12 instruction and curriculums, as well as recent NYS Educational Initiatives.
~General Brown Teachers maintain up-to-date curriculum maps that that can be reviewed throughout the year. As New York State begins transitioning to the Common Core Learning Standards, these maps continue to be a work in progress and timelines indicated within the curriculum maps may vary slightly. Curriculum maps provide the opportunity to build bridges among curricula. These maps encourage discussions across the district in regards to what our children are learning. Curriculum mapping promotes effective communication between school and community and serve as a resource to administrator, faculty, parent and student. To view these curriculum maps, click below:
Elementary Curriculum Maps
High School Curriculum Maps
Race to the Top
~Race to the Top is a competitve U.S. Education Department grant that is open to State Education Departments. NY was awarded $696,646,000 as a winner in the second round. General Brown's allocation amounted to $49,272. Race to the Rop funds are requried to:
1.) adopt standards and assessments that prepares students to succeed
in college and the workplace
2.) build data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform
teachers and principals how to improve instruction
3.) recruit, develop, reward and retain effective teachers and principals and
4.) turn around lowest achieving schools
To meet these goals, the following are being implemented: a new teacher and principal evaluation system, Common Core Learning Standards, and a comprehensive data-driven school culture.
Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS)
~Common Core Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The Common Core State Standards were developed to instill a common understanding for students, parents and educators about what students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate high school that are aligned to college and career expectations. The Common Core State Standards include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills and are internationally benchmarked so that all students are prepared to succeed in the global economy. General Brown Central School district will begin transitioning to the Common Core State Standards in 2011-2012. Go to http://corestandards.org/ for more information on the Common Core Learning Standards.
College and Career Ready
~According to this fact sheet from Achieve, What is College and Career Ready?, college and career readiness "refers to the content knowledge and skills high school graduates must possess in English and mathematics – including, but not limited to, reading, writing communications, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving – to be successful in any and all future endeavors."
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 24 states working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year. http://www.parcconline.org/about-parcc