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Elementary Education Director 
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Dr. Misty Marvin
Secondary Education Director
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Elementary Literacy Coordinator

Elementary Numeracy Coordinator 

Secondary Literacy Coordinator

Julie Outlaw
Secondary Numeracy Coordinator 

Science & Social Studies Coordinator 

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Curriculum and instruction are the core public education, forming the bridge between what students learn and how they learn it. Here's a summary of how these essential elements work together:

  • Framework: Defines the academic standards and expectations for students at each grade level. This outlines what knowledge, skills, and values students should acquire across core subjects like language arts, math, science, and social studies.
  • Alignment: Curriculum standards are aligned with state and national benchmarks, ensuring consistency and quality across different schools and districts.
  • Flexibility: While offering a core framework, curriculum often allows for adaptations and local input to cater to students' diverse needs and interests.

  • Delivery Methods: Teachers employ various strategies to deliver the curriculum, including lectures, discussions, group projects, hands-on activities, and technology integration.
  • Differentiation: Effective instruction adapts to individual learning styles and abilities. Teachers use differentiated instruction methods to tailor lessons and support each student's progress.
  • Assessment: Ongoing assessment measures student understanding and informs teaching practices. Different types of assessments like quizzes, projects, and portfolios provide valuable feedback for both students and teachers.

Key Features:
  • Engagement: Effective curriculum and instruction spark curiosity, encourage critical thinking, and promote active learning. Students become participants in their own learning, not just passive recipients of information.
  • Equity and Access: Dickson County Schools strives to ensure all students have equitable access to high-quality curriculum and instruction, regardless of background or ability. This involves targeted support programs and differentiated opportunities to succeed.
  • Continuous Improvement: Curriculum and instruction are constantly evolving through research, feedback, and collaboration between educators. The goal is to stay relevant, effective, and responsive to the needs of students in a changing world.
Overall, curriculum and instruction form the foundation for a successful education. By providing a clear roadmap for learning, coupled with engaging and responsive teaching practices, they equip students with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to thrive in the future.
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