News from the District
We are pleased to be back in school in a hybrid learning environment and could not be more proud of the work that our teachers and students are doing so far this year. When we developed our proposed learning plans over the summer it was difficult to envision what hybrid learning would look like in practice. The reality is that it is working really well but it takes an incredible amount of time and coordination to implement effectively. We understand that hybrid learning is also challenging for our families and we look forward to a time when we can all be back in school full-time. In the meantime, it has been wonderful having teachers and students back in our school buildings and being back on a normal-ish school week schedule truly feels like a relief. We are excited about the learning that is already happening this year.
I love sketch notes as a means to synthesize ideas into engaging, informative visuals. This note by @degroote44 summarizes the many thoughts and ideas swimming through teachers’ minds this year. We started our year with an inspirational week of fabulous workshop sessions including a personal session with educational author, researcher, practitioner, and Blended Learning guru, @Catlin_Tucker. Lesson planning is much more than just taking a concept and planning activity. Teachers intentionally plan thoughtful, sequential, meaningful learning activities for students where concepts are built upon and learning standards and practices are mastered. Differentiation, personalization, and engagement are also essential components of planning for learning, and this year, teachers have the added responsibility of teaching in a truly blended learning environment. Teachers will also always prioritize relationship building and social-emotional learning. Can teachers manage all of this? You bet they can. As aptly stated by Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, “we teachers are rather good at magic, you know.”
Danielle Klingaman, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent of Schools
This page provides information relative to all aspects of curriculum and instruction in the Duxbury Public Schools. Curriculum includes our local curriculum maps as well as references to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Instruction outlines our current projects and initiatives as well as plans for meeting the needs of all students. Our assessment work is extensive and includes both MCAS results as well as local measures. The district's planning occurs at many levels all of which connect through the strategic, technology, and school improvement plans. Duxbury's focus on professional development is continuous. This page will highlight our recent and future efforts.