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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Needham District Curriculum
Needham Schools’ Program Development Office is responsible for coordinating, distributing, and explaining the district’s curriculum. The Office ensures that the curriculum is up-to-date with regards to the most current research in education and continually evaluates its effectiveness, making adjustments when necessary. The Office has developed a Curriculum Accommodation Plan and uses it to create improvement plans when they are needed.
The Elementary Curriculum Center is a library that offers professional and student resources for teachers to borrow and use in their instruction. The Elementary Science Center also contains resources in that content area as well as live animals and field trips. In middle school, students experience a rigorous curriculum that allows them to explore and use critical thinking. Writing is very important, as students engage in a five-step writing process and compose various genres.
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Needham District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs
Needham is a suburban community located about ten miles southwest of Boston. Needham Public Schools contain eight schools and 5,300 students. There are five elementary schools with grades K-5, two middle schools (one holding grade 6 and the other with grades 7-8), and a high school. The district operates around its four core values: scholarship, citizenship, community, and personal growth. The district provides a summary of the curricula in every content area for each grade level.
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Keeping Informed: Recent Needham Educational News
- New England Conservatory Youth Jazz Orchestra - Two Needham students—an eighth grade trombonist and a tenth grader who plays the trumpet—performed in the New England Conservatory Youth Jazz Orchestra. The goal of the NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra, which was founded in 2008, is to provide young talented musicians in the Boston area with the chance to perform together in a setting in which there is high expectations of them. NEC’s Jazz Studies program, which is now in its 44th year, has produced several Grammy winning composers and performers.
- Needham to Expand 1-to-1 iPad Initiative - Needham Public Schools have already implemented a 1-to-1 iPad program in grades seven, eight, and twelve and will incorporate the initiative in sixth grade classes for the next school year. The program’s aim is for each student to have a personal iPad, which is purchased or leased by his/her parents. The district believes in the initiative improving student learning, helping students’ organization skills, and resulting in consistent personalized learning.
- Needham High in the Top 20 - In 2013, Needham High School ranked as the 18th best school in Massachusetts in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings. In terms of math and English performance, Needham students ranked in the 94th and 95th percentiles, respectively. Fifty-five percent of the school’s students participated in A.P. courses, with the school ranking #47 in the nation in STEM programming.
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Chalk Talk: Brainstorming
Brainstorming is a common activity used by teachers in several different capacities. Its student-centered approach makes it beneficial for incorporating into instruction. Students often brainstorm before writing as part of the pre-writing stage. They may construct their ideas in a specific format such as a web or outline or have more freedom to let their thoughts simply flow out on paper. When students jot down their thoughts and feelings as to what they may formally write about in their notebooks during writer’s workshop, this is brainstorming. Brainstorming can also be done as a group activity. The teacher may provide each group with a topic or vocabulary word, and students perhaps have to jot down any associations that come to mind on chart paper. To mix things up, the chart papers can be passed around from group to group, with students adding on ideas that were not previously mentioned by other groups. By the time they receive the final chart, they will really have to really think, as many thoughts will have been written down.