Teaching & Learning
Greenwich Public Schools believes in creating the conditions for a coherent and aligned PK-12 continuum of learning for all students and assuring consistency of implementation. Greenwich believes in providing a future ready curriculum that is agile enough to match the instructional practices in all classrooms.
The district provides support to all educators in their implementation of:
- a standards-based curriculum
- high impact instruction (aligned research-based instructional practices)
- making learning personal
- personalized professional learning
- Standards-Based Curriculum
- High Impact Instruction
- Making Learning Personal
- Personalized Professional Learning
State and National Academic standards define the knowledge and skills that students are expected to learn in a subject in each grade. Academic standards are designed to provide a clear path for students to gain the proficiency that is required to learn increasingly complex material in the next grade. Students who learn the knowledge and skills defined by the academic standards, year after year, are on track to graduate from high school on time and ready to enter college or the workforce.
GPS believes that a coherent, articulated PK-12 Standards-Based Curriculum supports all learners (adults and students) in creating and engaging in high impact learning tasks that ensure students develop and demonstrate the Vision of the Graduate capacities.
High-Impact Teaching Practices is a framework for developing learner experiences that help all learners develop the capacities of the Vision of the Graduate. The research-based, high impact instructional and teaching practices are:
- Guiding Questions
- Formative Assessment - Checks for Deep Understanding
- Specific Proficiencies
- Teaching Modifications to Make the Learning Personal
- Thinking Prompts to Make Thinking Visible
- Effective Questions for Deeper Learning
- Cooperative Learning - Parters in the Learning
- Stories - Telling and Honoring our Stories
Authentic Learning Community Building
- Learner-Friendly Culture
- Power With, not Power Over
- Freedom Within Form
- Articulated Clear Expectations
- Witness to the Good
- Corrections - Provide Time to Make Corrections Towards Mastery
Personalized Learning in Greenwich is defined as a "teacher facilitated process that provides each student with meaningful choice, guided by a standards based curriculum, in what, where, how and at what pace and appropriate depth, they learn, based on individual strengths, needs, motivations, interests, goals and cultural backgrounds”
The critical elements necessary for any teacher and student to realize personalized learning in GPS include:
- Partners in Learning
- Student Ownership
- Student Regulation
Combined, all play a part in developing student agency.
When implemented, students are engaged in the process and are empowered to manage their own learning in partnership with their teachers, peers, parents, principal, and community at large.
Learner-centered paradigm and community-based education work hand in hand.