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The Office of Curriculum and Instruction is housed at the Administration Building, but you will often find our staff members out and about at our schools facilitating trainings, observing classrooms, and working with school's teams on identified goals. Our Departmentfollows and has added our own goals to the district's four Remarkable Rules as we strive to respect our customers, learning, finances and individual differences in everything we do.
Susan Grzanich, Chief Curriculum and Instructional Officer
Joanie Bastian, Administrative Assistant
Susan Gobeyn, Mathematics and Science Coordinator
Shameika Sykes-Salvador, Social Studies/Literacy Coordinator
Michelle Coconate - Response to Intervention (RtI) Facilitator
Mary Lou Ryan, Librarian
Carol Robb, Librarian
Verla Scott, Librarian
The mission of the Office of Curriculum and Instruction is to improve student achievement through the creation of a professional learning community that provides high quality professional development opportunities by supporting the districts improvement plan, exploring current research in education, promoting more effective teaching and learning, and fostering personal and professional growth.
As a district we have been working this year to refine best practices through such activities as monthly Teaching and Learning Sessions, Grade Level Leaders Meetings, New Teachers and Mentors Check and Connect professional development sessions, Content Area Specific School Improvement Days, and numerous other professional development opportunities developed to help teachers to continue to grow and learn as we strive to implement current district programs with fidelity.
We have also continued to work on our District Improvement Plan through Wednesday Professional Development Days planned and facilitated by each school's Universal Leadership Team. Teachers have also been working in Professional Learning Communities within each school to problem solve and have student achievement discussions focused on the culture of the school, the learner and skills.
We are committed to planning and facilitating professional development opportunities for educators as well as developing support materials to aid instruction. The Curriculum Department is a valuable resource for teachers, administrators, and others who are invested in providing quality instruction to the students in Peoria Public Schools.
Next Generation Science Standards. View this short video to learn more about the REMARKABLE transition taking place in District 150 as we adopt these new standards.