Uinta County School District #1 Curriculum Development
UCSD #1 has is in a continuous process of curriculum review and design. We adhere to the cyclical review process as outlined by the state through the standards review and adoption process. We systematically evaluate our current curriculum, revising it as needed to more fully align with Wyoming standards and to ensure that our students graduate well prepared for success in college, the military, careers and life.
A long range plan for curriculum development has been created, is reviewed periodically, and is updated as needed to align with the Wyoming Content Standards timeline as well as input from teachers at the building level.
Development of Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
Curriculum is a specific blueprint for learning that is derived from content and performance standards. Curriculum takes content and shapes it into a plan for effective teaching and learning. It is a specific plan with identified lessons and an appropriate form and sequence for directing learning. (Wiggins, 2012)
UCSD #1 has committed to being certified as a district with High Reliability Schools as per the work being by the the Marzano group. That certification process involves the implementation of Professional Learning Communities, effective teaching in all classrooms and the establishment of guaranteed and viable curriculum. Our commitment is to be certified Level 1 Safe and Collaborative; Level 2 Effective Teaching in every classroom; and Level 3 Guaranteed and viable curriculum by 2023.
UCSD #1 adheres to the tenants of professional learning communities as we develop guaranteed and viable curriculum in each content area. The curriculum planning process is inclusive and individual teachers are involved in the process from the determination of essential/priority standards; to unwrapping standards; to the development of proficiency scales; to development of common assessments; to planning for specific interventions for students that have and have not learned at a proficient level. Curriculum unit development is inclusive and brings teachers together through a guided process in the development of cohesive unit plans in each of the content areas.
Specific Curricular Areas:
- Career/Technical Education (Agriculture, Business, Construction, Family & Consumer science, Manufacturing, Hospitality, and Foods & Nutrition)
- Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening)
- Fine Arts (Art and Music)
- Foreign Language
- Social Studies
- Wellness (Guidance, Health, and Physical Education)
Additional curriculum work for technology literacy is on hold, pending state development and approval of computer science standards.