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Curriculum & Instruction

Preparing students to be successful for life requires a curriculum that combines foundational skills with broader learning skills to provide students with the ability to learn at any time in any context in order to be afforded every opportunity for success.

CURRICULUM

CCSD59’s curriculum is built upon a combination of foundational skills in reading, writing, and math as well as our nine district outcomes. The combination of these skills are extended into learning experiences in all subject areas, including language arts, math, science, social science, fine arts, physical education, and exploratory classes.

The curriculum offers students opportunities to explore personal interests and passions, take ownership in their learning, and learn the most important skill of learning how to learn in any context in order to be prepared for their future.

The CCSD59 curriculum is standards-based, and aligns to the Common Core in language arts and math, the Next Generation Science Standards in science, the C3 standards in social science, and the WIDA standards in multilingual programs.

The curriculum has been created by CCSD59 staff, and the majority of the work has been built by classroom teachers in partnership with administration through researched-based resources. Visit our curriculum design page to learn more. Instead of more traditional “units of study”, the new curriculum is composed of learning experiences that identify the district outcomes, applied outcomes, understandings, and grade-level concepts that students will engage and move toward mastery over a typical six to eight week period.

For more about how learning experiences are structured and what elements they contain, please visit our learning experiences page.

Learning Outcomes Learning Experiences

Interested in learning more about our curriculum?

The Instruction Department at CCSD59 updates a portion of the website regularly to inform parents and community members about the district’s curriculum. The links below serve as valuable resources to help learn about the district’s curriculum.

INSTRUCTION

Teachers in CCSD59 strive to use effective instructional practices each day that promote thinking, discussion, debate, and choice in order to engage students and honor their individual talents and passions.

Professional learning for staff during the past year has been focused on equipping staff with the requisite skills, knowledge, and understandings necessary to provide high-quality, differentiated instruction that will prepare students to be successful for life in the modern world. This will remain a focus in the district through weekly professional learning and team collaboration sessions, and with the support of instructional coaches and district and building leaders.

Instructional practices that guide professional learning in CCSD59:
  • Create thinking classrooms: Appropriately challenging all students
  • Utilize claim and evidence in daily instruction
  • Include modern learning skills/tools to enhance traditional best-practice in daily instruction
  • Provide increased class time practice and focused feedback to students
  • Transition to outcomes-based thinking and planning
  • Develop a deeper understanding of standards

Our Mission:

Preparing Students to be Successful for Life

Instruction Department

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about the district’s commitment to build a world-class curriculum and provide the supports needed for teachers to thrive in this environment, please view our teaching and learning page by clicking on the link below.

Teaching and LearningCurriculum Design

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