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Friday, August 29, 2014
District discusses I.B. in middle school
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Dr. William Johnson, the district’s superintendent, lauded the program for the help with planning and curriculum it would give the district. “They have collected data from all the districts that are participating, what works and what does not,” Johnson said of the I.B. “So what they can do is give us advice on the better way to pursue our goals and frame our curriculum and/or develop our curriculum.”

As Johnson explained it, the move from the current curriculum to Common Core would change students’ learning experience from one that is an inch deep and a mile wide to one that is a mile deep and an inch wide. The change would be included in the MYP curriculum and, with the I.B. support system, would be easy to implement.

“It’s a change in orientation, and it’s going to change the way in which kids view what they do in school,” Johnson said. “It’s just not going to rush through a whole bunch of topics.”

The district also must apply to be accepted into the MYP program. Once it is, there is a yearly fee of $8,700 for the three- to five-year “candidate” phase. Once the candidate phase is completed, the fee would be cut in half.

Christopher Pellettieri, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, estimated that the first-year cost of the program would be about $26,000. School district officials, and many PTA parents who attended the meeting, made it clear that the benefits of MYP would justify the cost.

“We want the kids to make connections so that what they’re learning in math makes sense when they’re doing an Excel spreadsheet in technology,” McGinn said. “[The MYP program] helps us with different ways to make more of those connections.”

The Board of Education did not make a decision about the program at last week’s meeting. The next budget session is scheduled for April 17, at 7:30 p.m., in Room 112 of South Side High School.

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