Curriculum News

Summer Curriculum Update 2020

The Curriculum Department completed a number of activities this past summer in preparation for the new school year.  Projects have been on-going since school was let out in June and will continue through the end of September. Supervisors, teachers and administrators have worked hard to enhance our instructional program offerings for students in the 2020-2021 school year and transition back to in person instruction.

Curriculum Projects
Several curriculum development projects took place this summer, including:

  • Development of Spanish units of study (grades K-3);

  • Revision of literacy protocols for grades kindergarten-8, including One School, One Book protocols for September implementation;

  • Refinement of Reader’s Workshop protocols around grade specific touchstone texts;

  • Revision of Science 3 Dimensional assessment tasks in grades 3-5;

  • Revision of science implementation guides in grades 3-5 to incorporate opportunities for Science Talk, including protocols;

  • Revisions to Social Studies units of study at grades 1-5;

  • Refinement of Enrichment Triad Model (Tier III) units for pull-out program;

  • Development of Math Implementation Guides at grades K, 1, 3 & 5;

  • Revision of Physical Education units of study in elementary and middle school;

  • Development of ETSD Operational Plan for Summer Evaluations;

  • Development of ETSD Reopening Plan for September;

  • And development of presentations for summer grade level/department Meets, September In-service Days, Paraprofessional Orientation and Teacher Evaluation System Supports for turn-key training at the building level.

Professional Development Professional development projects have also been implemented in a variety of areas to meet the needs of our students and staff, including:

  • School AED Team training in both CPR and AED as part of bi-yearly certification requirements.

  • New classroom teachers participated in Literacy, Mathematics, Responsive Classroom and Technology Institutes in August, as well as New Teacher Orientation.

  • Getting to Know Your ActivPanel session for teachers receiving new boards in summer/fall.

  • Summer grade level/department Meets with hybrid learning model focus.

  • Reopening training related to technology and curriculum updates on September 1st.

  • Teacher training in STC Science Unit, Space Systems Exploration, grade 6, on September 1st.

  • All staff will receive mandated opening day training on September 2nd, with updated health and safety practices and SEL.

  • Follow-up teacher training for enVisions Math, grades 2, 4, 6 & 7, initial training for Geometry-scheduled for September 3rd.

  • Special education teachers, intervention specialists and teacher assistants will participate in Leveled Literacy Intervention, Project Read, SPIRE, and PALS training in the fall, as needed.

As always, the summer was a very busy time for the Curriculum Department.  Teachers and administrators are looking forward to putting into practice the many things that have been accomplished this summer in the upcoming school year!

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Therapy Dog Program

Evesham Township School District implements a therapy dog program called Literacy and Leashes at each of the elementary schools. Each school has their very own dog and handler assigned to the building who works directly with the second grade students during their reading time. The district partners with Kalli at Beeler, Isaac at DES, Valerie at Jaggard, Gage at MES, Indy at Rice, and Libby at Van Zant. The goal of this program is to build confidence and strengthen literacy skills in our students with these very special reading companions. All dogs used in the program are registered therapy dogs with volunteer handlers that have been approved through the ETSD as per board policy. The program typically begins annually in late September/October and lasts the duration of the school year. School and classroom expectations are part of the district’s second grade Health and RC Connections Curriculum. The trained handlers and their dog are volunteers and are in the schools approximately one hour per week. They rotate through each of the second grade classrooms so that students can expect a visit from the school’s assigned therapy dog a minimum of once a month. 

In addition to working with second graders, the therapy dogs attend particular district and school-level events such as District Wellness Night in March and Summer Literacy Events at each of the schools.  A whole school meeting is held annually at each school in the fall to review behavior expectations with all staff and students within the building. This whole school meeting is led by the second grade students and aims to provide the entire school community an opportunity to connect with the building's handler and therapy dog. 

This year the program is currently on hold due to the pandemic. 

Students reading to Kalli.Students with Isaac.Students with Valerie and her handler.Student reading to Gage.Rice students with IndyStudent with Libby.
The program was extended to middle school in the 2019-2020 school year.  Isaac and Ollie now annually work with middle school students, whether reading or working on a project, in each of the library-media centers approximately three times a month.

The program is currently on hold due to the pandemic.
Isaac with DeMasi Middle students.Ollie with Marlton Middle students.
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