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Curriculum and Instruction Update

Saraland City School System employees have attended numerous trainings during the summer months to gain scientific research-based strategies to ensure the curriculum, instructional practices, and assessments are rigorous and relevant for the 2013-2014 school year.

Saraland High School hosted the College and Career Ready Summer Conference presented by the State Department of Education (SDE). Saraland teachers and teachers from the southern region of the state attended the three-day conference. During the month of July, Central Office staff and teachers attended Mega Conference, conducted by the SDE, to ascertain the most current information concerning curriculum and instruction. In addition, Saraland’s teachers and administrators participated in trainings offered through the South Alabama Research and Inservice Center (SARIC).

Secondary teachers attended several Pre-AP and AP trainings, offered by A+ College Ready and College Board. These trainings enable teachers to teach the Pre-AP/AP curriculum correctly and effectively and assist high school teachers in adhering to the guidelines of the A+ College Ready Grant they received during the 2010-2011 school year. Middle school and high school teachers will continue to meet to align instruction for the core content subjects during the upcoming school year.

Elementary and middle school teachers attended Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) trainings to acquire innovative strategies for teaching mathematics. Kindergarten, first, and second grade teachers will continue training with AMSTI throughout the school year. These trainings assist teachers in implementing hands-on math instruction to strengthen students’ procedural and problem solving skills and motivate them to embrace math at an early age.

During the pre-inservice days, Scott Foresman presenters trained kindergarten through sixth grade teachers on the newly adopted Reading Street Series. The series is 100% aligned to the College and Career Ready Standards. In addition, a technology specialist from SARIC will provide SMART Board training for all elementary and middle school teachers.

The Saraland City School System looks forward to working throughout the year with students, parents, and the community. Welcome back!


Ms. Kristen Sousa 251-375-5420
Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Email Ms. Kristen Sousa