New Curriculum Resources
The RULER approach was adopted as a district-wide initiative to help increase positive interactions and promote achievement in our schools. This year, school personnel and students will focus on practicing the five RULER Skills described below.
Identifying emotions in oneself and others by reading facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, and pay attention to signals in our bodies.
Knowing the causes of emotions and how emotions influence our thoughts, actions, and decisions.
Connecting an emotional experience to specific feeling words to describe it
Knowing how and when to display or show our emotions, depending on who we are with, where we are, and what we are doing.
Knowing and using effective strategies to manage our emotions.
In April 2023, the school board adopted the Bridges in Mathematics program by the Math Learning Center for grades K-4 and Envision by Savvas for grades 5-8.
A team of teachers looked at evidence-based math programs, narrowing the field from 7 to 4 to 2
K-4 Bridges by the Math Learning Center (finished second during last math adoption), more activity based, better at developing number-sense which is critical, materials are more appropriate for primary grades, more motivating for students.
5-8 Envision by Savvas (adopted by Belgrade High School in 2021), good for upper elementary students, Spanish version, great online resources for upper elementary students.
We conducted a 6-week pilot of the top two programs in grades K-4. The feedback from pilot teachers was heavily weighted in the vetting process.
Improving our students' math performance has been a priority. Having a primary resource that is proven to be effective is an important step to making that happen.
Each program will be presenting PD prior to the school year starting. K-4 Instructional Coaches will provide ongoing support for teachers while Savvas will provide online support for math instructors.