Welcome to the Burlington Area School District's Curriculum and Instruction Department. Our mission is provide a quality education for each and every student. To that end, the District is committed to a continual process of curriculum review and improvement. In addition, there is a strong tradition of professional learning for staff to support instruction in the classroom.
As we look to the future, we realize that teaching and learning are never static, and must continually improve to meet new goals. Our graduates will need the knowledge and skills to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and effective communicators in the 21st century. With collaboration from parents, students, educators and the community, we look forward to the challenge.
School district curricula are continually changing as teachers and other staff members incorporate the latest curricular developments and resources, realign course objectives to more closely match state standards, or include new assessments.
Curriculum defines what we want students to know and be able to do. We have begun the process of defining this by explaining standards and benchmarks for every course and every grade level. We believe that curriculum, instruction, assessment and feedback are interdependent and operate synergistically not in isolation.Curriculum addresses content as well as skills and attitudes that we want students to develop by the time they leave a course, a grade level, or a K-12 educational program.Instruction focuses on the way that we help children to address the standards and the benchmarks. The emphasis in the district is on research-based best practice, or the best ways to be sure that all students learn and learn to the best of their abilities.Assessment identifies where our students are in the learning continuum both during the instructional process and at its completion. Finally, feedback to our students, parents, and staff, provides the information necessary to meet our children's needs.