Over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, D97 worked towards adopting a written curriculum. This curriculum is a framework with interdisciplinary connections across all content, is culturally responsive, relevant, and authentic. It includes a scope and sequence that builds upon concepts and themes across grades K-8.
The D97 curriculum was designed to address the attributes of quality curriculum. In the D97 K-5 curriculum, there are six overarching unit themes or organizing centers – Who We Are, Where We Are, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, How We Organize Ourselves, and Sharing Our Planet. These unit themes are drawn from the International Baccalaureate program. While the elementary program is not an IB program, students from the elementary schools attend middle schools that follow the IB curriculum and philosophy. Organizing units around these themes at the elementary level sets the stage for deeper exploration in middle school. In addition, these themes promote the integration of curriculum across disciplines and require the use of inquiry, action and reflection – hallmarks of the IB program. While the themes organize the units of study, each unit is given its own title, essential question and big idea that is specific to the grade level. The specific grade-level unit organizing center was determined by analyzing the district’s resource guide for concepts and themes, and then making a link between the concept or theme, and the IB unit themes.
For a closer glance at content area curriculum please take a look at the following subject area pages: