One of Hampton Township School District’s primary goals continues to be to strengthen curricular and instructional practices to continue to challenge all students to achieve at high levels. Additional goals that fall under this major goal area include:
- Continue implementation of the Understanding by Design framework by focusing on the alignment to the Pennsylvania Core Standards, with an emphasis on high-quality learning activities and performance tasks.
- Expand the use of the Danielson Framework for Teaching to guide planning and instruction.
- Review best K-12 curricular and instructional practices in math, science, and the arts.
- Expand the use of differentiated learning techniques based upon formative assessments to address students' needs.
- Support transformative teaching and learning to promote collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.
The RtII (Response to Instruction and Intervention) model, implemented at the elementary level, includes extensive professional development for the teachers as a means of providing intensive, research-based interventions for struggling students. A major component of the RtII initiative was the procurement of the AIMSweb program, which enables teachers to systematically track student performance based upon a series of assessments in reading and math, which are administered over the course of the school year. An additional benefit of the AIMSweb program is that it also helps to identify those students who are exceeding expectations and who may be in need of differentiated instruction. In this regard, the AIMSweb program will help to identify areas of strength and the potential need for enrichment for the “middle” child.
At Hampton, we believe that a transformative education system includes the infusion of the arts, which fosters the kind of imagination and creativity that is central to a collaborative learning environment.
We are very excited about the District’s partnership with the Arts Education Collaborative of Pittsburgh, which is launching during the 2017-2018 School Year. A true collaboration in every sense of the word, this partnership will involve not only District leadership, but also students, staff, parents and the community. We will participate in a yearlong exploration of how the District might enhance the quality of Art Education throughout the school district.
As part of our collaboration, we plan to use our Administrative Office Building Conference Room as a venue to display student artwork on a regular basis. While Hampton has always supported arts education, we plan to take our appreciation a step further by using public meeting spaces as places to highlight the themes of imagination and creativity that are common in the arts.