Curriculum and Instruction Update
Saraland City School System employees attended numerous trainings during the summer months to gain scientific research-based strategies to ensure the curriculum, instructional practices, and assessments for each content area are rigorous and relevant for the 2015-2016 school year.
In June, Saraland High School hosted the Region 10 Regional Support Staff (RSS) Mini-Conference conducted by the State Department of Education (SDE) and the South Alabama Research and Inservice Center (SARIC). Teachers from the southern region of the state attended the two-day conference. During the month of July, Central Office staff, school administrators, and teachers attended Mega Conference conducted by the SDE to acquire the most current information concerning curriculum and instruction. Moreover, Saraland’s teachers and administrators participated in trainings offered through the South Alabama Research and Inservice Center (SARIC).
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 trainings throughout the school year. The trainings equip teachers with the strategies needed to teach the Pre-AP/AP curriculum correctly and effectively. In addition, the training assists 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, rigorous curriculum for the core subjects to students.
In July, elementary administrators and teachers attended the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) Year 2 mathematics training to acquire additional innovative strategies for teaching mathematics. K-5 teachers will continue training with AMSTI throughout the school year. These trainings support teachers in implementing a student-centered, hands-on approach to math instruction. The instructional strategies are designed to bolster student motivation for the subject of math and increase their procedural and problem-solving skills. Additionally, middle school science teachers attended AMSTI Science Year 2 training in July 2015 to enhance science instruction and increase student science skills.
The school system is extremely proud of receiving a state grant for the Compass Learning Program. Compass Learning provides a K-12 learning acceleration software ™ for enhancing instruction. During the pre-inservice days in August, elementary, middle, and high school administrators and teachers participated in an intensive training conducted by Compass Learning. This training 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 Saraland City School System is excited about implementing the new strategies acquired in the plethora of trainings attended this summer and looks forward to working throughout the year with students, parents, and the community.