Curriculum and Instruction Update
Saraland City School System employees attended numerous trainings during the summer months and throughout the school year to gain scientific research-based strategies to ensure the curriculum, instructional practices, and assessments for each content area are rigorous and relevant.
In June and July, secondary teachers attended Advanced Placement (AP) trainings presented by A+ College Ready and College Board. These teachers will continue to attend Pre-AP and AP training sessions this school year. The sessions equip teachers with the strategies needed to teach the Pre-AP/AP curriculum correctly and effectively. The trainings also assist high school teachers in adhering to the A+ Partnership School guidelines. Throughout the school year, middle and high school teachers will collaborate to ensure they are instructing an aligned and rigorous Pre-AP/AP curriculum for the core subjects.
Also in July, elementary administrators and K-5 teachers attended the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) Science Year 1 training to acquire additional innovative strategies for teaching science. They will continue to participate in training sessions during the school year. The instructional strategies presented in the sessions are designed to bolster student motivation for science and increase content knowledge.
K-12 teachers, administrators, and Central Office staff will continue to participate in STAR Renaissance and Compass Learning trainings to enhance instruction and improve student academic performance. These trainings will assist all schools and the Central Office in identifying student performance levels, diagnosing skills and concepts gaps, and prescribing individualized learning paths for students.
The system is excited about the new Instructional Partner initiative that will be implemented on the elementary, middle, and high school campuses this year. Each school’s Instructional Partner(s) will participate in a series of trainings conducted by A+ College Ready. These lead teachers will model a partnership approach and incorporate principles into work with teachers, administrators, and other members of the school community. They will design and facilitate ongoing professional learning resulting in stronger instructional practices and student growth schoolwide.
Teachers, administrators, and Central Office staff annually attend Mega Conference, conducted by the State Department of Education, to acquire the most current information regarding curriculum and instruction. Moreover, Saraland’s teachers and administrators participate in trainings offered through the South Alabama Research and Inservice Center (SARIC).
Saraland City School System continually strives for academic excellence and is dedicated to meeting the needs of all students. The system looks forward to working with students, parents, and the community throughout the school year to ensure student success.