Dr. Duncan Wilson
I am honored and excited to become a member of the Ardsley leadership team. As Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, I lead a team of 18 curriculum leaders across all three schools supporting both principals and faculty to develop and deliver a curriculum that is engaging, rigorous, aligned to New York State standards, and tailored to meet the needs of individual learners. Our curriculum leaders are all master teachers in their areas of expertise. Together we work with faculty in classrooms and alongside students to help teachers further develop their craft and to ensure that as a K-12 system, we are constantly assessing our work and improving our practice.
The instructional core of our programs is very strong. Our overall approach supports a developmental progression of student learning, moving students from where they are in their individual abilities towards greater levels of complexity, success and independence.
We will continue to follow the philosophy and practice of offering children a breadth of opportunities to read, write, and do research across all subject areas and in all grades. In mathematics, as students learn increasingly demanding concepts, we encourage them to reason mathematically and apply mathematics to everyday problems finding practical situations. As a district, we highly value professional development and are fortunate to have a talented staff that embraces opportunities to reflect on and to grow their craft. We also highly value collaboration and there are structures in place in all three buildings that enable teachers to work together in meeting our goals. This is part of a larger cycle of continuous improvement already established, where we systematically examine our work and associated data to measure achievement. The curriculum decisions we make will continue to focus on what is best for our students and on igniting their passions.
In my first year as Assistant Superintendent, I plan to learn alongside the instructional team to ensure that our existing programs remain strong and that we successfully implement initiatives already under way. The new multi-year strategic plan has defined specific priorities and is challenging us to explore more opportunities in four areas: Social & Emotional Learning, Learning and Achievement, Student / School Life and Learning Environment.
In the coming months, I will keep the community informed on these and other aspects of our curriculum. Over time, we will be updating and expanding the information available on this website as we continue to support all students with rigorous curriculum and instruction that encourages them to be life-long problem solvers and productive global citizens.