News from the District
Duxbury Public Schools is a community of learners. Every day, students, teachers, and administrators are focused on expanding our knowledge and growing academically and emotionally. As part of the adult learning in the District, teachers, and administrators participate in professional development throughout the year. The professional development is developed in connection to the goals of the District Strategic Plan along with the District Blueprint for Learning.
To begin the 2021-2022 school year, all teachers and instructional support staff participated in Darkness 2 Light’s Stewards of Children Training. Stewards of Children is a program focused on empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. A Stewards of Children training for parents/guardians is also taking place on March 2, 2022, from 9:30-11:30. Pre-registration is required and can be done with the following link.
Dr. Adolph Brown, a career educator and mental health professional, also provided the keynote address for our staff at the beginning of the school year. Dr. Brown’s inspiring message of “Attitude Changes Everything” helped to kick off the school year in an engaging and positive way. During our October full-day professional development, Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton from CampusSpeaks provided a keynote address grounded in diversity to our secondary teachers, while elementary teachers worked with Teaching and Learning Alliance (TLA). TLA’s professional development, “The Science of Reading,” focused on research-based reading instruction.
In conjunction with the Duxbury Police Department, staff also participated in safety training provided by School Resource Officers Mary Ellen Vidito and Brian Josephine. The training is conducted annually and provides staff with important safety information.
Additional professional development this year has focused on culturally responsive teaching, research-based instruction in reading, differentiated instruction, and assessment. Curriculum reviews and work continue on an ongoing basis and our art and music departments have also been participating in some off-campus professional development. As you read on, further detailed information will be provided regarding our professional development for the 2021-2022 school year. We hope you enjoy this insight into our community of learners.
Elizabeth Wilcox, 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.