Starting in 2020 and moving forward, all curricular standards and program resources will follow a Research, Design Implementation Model (RDIM). During this cycle, volunteer teams of teachers, specialists, and administrators review content standards, program resources, professional learning to implement new resources, and also collaborate in discussion on how best to serve our D15 students’ needs and align to our District’s instructional vision.
In 2021, District 15 engaged in three different pilot projects (K-5 Math, 6-8 Science, and 7-8 English Language Arts), and implemented a new 6th grade math curriculum.
On April 13, 2022, Dr. Schnoor, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning; Robyn Cook, Director of Curriculum; and Emily McFadden, Director of Curriculum, presented information on the K-5 math, 6-8 Science, and 7-8 English/Language Arts (ELA) curriculum pilot and professional development plan and related adoption. District 15 continues to move forward with its Research, Design, Improve, and Monitor/Modify (RDIM) system, which directs how we structure our collaborative, yet comprehensive curriculum review process. Specifically, this multi-year plan ensures we review current offerings, research best practices, pilot materials, and adopt a new curricular resource while also providing job-embedded learning and feedback cycles to engage staff and monitor progress.