A Message from the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
The hallmark of the Ardsley Union Free School District is our emphasis on providing an enriched and a rigorous curriculum for all our students. We are fortunate in this endeavor to have in our schools an incredibly talented staff that value professional development and who embrace opportunities to reflect on and to grow their pedagogical practice.
New York State, as a recipient of federal Race to the Top (RTTT) monies, has adopted new learning standards for all its schools. The New York State Learning Standards (2011), commonly referred to as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), builds upon the strengths and the lessons of our current guidelines and those of top-performing nations, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society. They ensure that children have myriad opportunities to read, write, and research across the curriculum. In mathematics, students learn increasingly demanding concepts and procedures. They practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges, preparing them to reason mathematically, and to be able to transfer their understandings to novel situations. In the 2012-2013 school year, state tests in English Language Arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 reflected the new standards. Efforts to align our current curriculum to the Common Core are ongoing.
Race to the Top has spurred the State to enact a new teacher and principal evaluation system. The Annual Personnel Performance Review (APPR) in conjunction with the CCSS builds the capacity of our professional staff to engage in conversations and in practices that maximize student achievement. All classroom, special area, and special education teachers, and principals are subject to APPR provisions. More information on the system and the district's implementation plan can be found below.
We continue to use the Atlas Rubicon curriculum mapping system to create a digital archive of all our content area work. This tool will allow us to view learning opportunities across the K-12 span, and will enable us to exchange ideas and resources with other high achieving districts.
I urge you to join me at Board of Education meetings to learn more about our district and our school based curricular initiatives. A complete listing of presentations can be found on the BOE calendar. And, as always, do not hesitate to call me with any questions you may have. I look forward to sharing our work with you. We have a great deal to proud of.
Teaching is the Common Core Grant
The Ardsley Union Free School District is participating in the second year of the P/NW BOCES Teaching is The Core Grant Consortium. It provides support for our district to develop capacity for learner-centered practices in assessment. Throughout this project, educators will review assessments and design an action plan to inform future assessment work in our district. Click here to see our grant award letter and click here to find out how grant funds will be used to inform assessment practices. Our District Assessment Review and Action Plan is posted here.
District Guidance Plans
CRS-AMS Guidance Plan
AHS Guidance Plan
Teacher/Teaching Assistant Certification Information
Professional Development Procedures for Teachers and TAs
Technology Plan 2015-2018
Presentation from 1/19/16 Board Meeting:
AP English Proposal
Computer Science Presentation
Grades 3-8 State Testing Refusal Letter
Presentation from 4/19/16 Board Meeting: