Welcome to the Curriculum Department
This department oversees the district's curriculum and links teachers and other instructional staff with the resources and support they need to help students achieve in a standards-based educational system.
B-C-S Curriculum Blueprint
Below is an outline of how curriculum responsibilities are delegated
within the district. (August 2015)
The standards we follow are: “Ohio’s Learning Standards,” located at:
Staff:Your point of contact for any curriculum question or concern is your Building Principal, or Guy Parmigian, or Keith Thorbahn.
Responsibilities of Principals as Instructional Leaders (OPES Standard#2: Principals support the implementation of high-quality, standards-based instruction that results in higher levels of achievement for all students.)
- Monitor the effectiveness of Textbooks, Workbooks, and Materials purchased with Student Fees
- Monitor the effectiveness of Online Resources/Subscriptions; advocate for technology needs
- Ensure that resources facilitate standards-based instruction with the assistance of the curriculum department
- Monitor and lead staff in the development of Curriculum mapping; Pacing Guides; Assessments
- Monitor and facilitate teacher’s use of assessment data to continually design and adapt instruction based on student needs
- Evaluate staff needs to design high-quality professional development including grade level and department meetings/Waiver Day Activities
- Take responsibility for the Ongoing Purchasing of Instructional Supplies or Technology
- Monitor Lesson planning; communicate expectations for substitute folder expectations
- Provide input on the development of EMIS Course Profiles in collaboration with the EMIS Coordinator
- Lead discussions with teachers and take actions to improve instructional practices to meet the needs of all students
- Ensure a smooth and seamless transition for all students between grades and/or buildings
- Serve as district or administrative representative at all IEP meetings/Sign-off and monitor all gifted and talented WEP’s/Implement 504 Plans
Responsibilities of the Curriculum Department (Superintendent, Director of Administrative Services, Teacher Leaders, Consultants)
- Monitor and ensure accountability for all Curriculum Development and Vertical Alignment; revise and develop curriculum policy with Board of Education
- Analyze district-wide data and provide feedback and plans for improvement to principals and teachers
- Align/set priorities for K-12 Professional Development/Approve Waiver Day Schedules/Coordinate Consultants
- Monitor and ensure accountability for Data Input and Management; Monitor Data Systems and Updates (Progress Book, etc.)
- Monitor and ensure accountability for Instructional Materials Evaluation and Selection; monitor the vertical selection of all resources
- Coordinate Special Programs including Gifted & Talented, Federal Programs, English Language Learners, Summer Programming, Student Teachers
- Implement State and Local Assessments in coordination with the Technology Department and Staff
- Conduct student and staff exit surveys
- Work with Principals and others to ensure effective transitions between buildings for all students
- Coordinate the work of Technology, Superintendent’s Advisory, and other ad hoc Committees to meet district goals
|Driven by the Needs of Students and Teachers|
Dr. Guy Parmigian, Superintendent
Cheryl Harder, Secretary
Ohio requires a comprehensive, high-quality multi-year induction and mentoring program for beginning teachers.
The goals of the new Resident Educator (RE) program include:
- Support and encourage a successful transition into the profession;
- Use research-based data and the Standards for Ohio Educators as a foundation for all aspects of program design and implementation;
- Focus on enhanced teaching effectiveness supported by continuous improvement at an accelerated rate;
- Support successful mentoring practices with strategic planning and formative assessments of programs;
- Ensure that the schedules of mentors enable effective planning, conferencing, and professional development in collaboration with the assigned resident educators;
- Shelter beginning teachers from inappropriate workloads including the most difficult teaching assignments and working conditions; and
- Create and sustain a community of professional practice through collaboration.
Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools uses the Ohio Department of Education's Academic Content Standards as the foundation to develop all courses of study. This ensures that written curriculum, classroom instruction, and assessments of learning all match -- an alignment that research suggests makes a powerful impact on student achievement.
Textbooks and materials for B-C-S go through a curriculum-alignment process too. Committees made up of teachers, administrators, and parents participate in reviewing textbooks from various companies to determine how well they align with the standards and just as important, how well they meet the needs of our student population.
Furthermore, B-C-S incorporates the academic content standards into professional development activities, focusing on teaching strategies and assessments. Waiver days are used to assist teachers and administrators in the buildings and across the district with effective instruction and assessment strategies all aligned to our district's Ohio Improvement, Race to the Top, and Response to Intervention Plans.
Race to the Top Communications
Race to the Top Grant Entering Final Year
This year marks the fourth and final year for the Race to the Top Grant. Benton Carroll Schools was able to use the grant funds in the 2012-13 school year for the following professional development expenditures:
Grades 7-13 teachers of English Language Arts and Grades 3-12 teachers of Mathematics attended training on the new learning standards and the shifts in instructional focus necessary to implement them well.
Many teachers across the district were able to work collaboratively to create learning targets, align current resources, and establish initial plans for implementation of Ohio's new learning standards.
Six teachers completed mentor training; mentors are required for new teachers under Ohio's Resident Educator Program.
Informative sessions on the new Teacher Evaluation System were provided.
Formative Assessment workshops were presented.
Six teachers participated in the regional consortium to create student learning objectives.
Building principals and three teachers became trainers for Ohio's modules on student learning objectives.
Attendance of representatives at state and regional workshops to increase understanding of the numerous Ohio initiatives.
The remaining funds from this $100,000.00 grant will be used this year for continued professional development.
For the 2013-14 school year, B-C-S has developed the following Race to the Top action steps:
Review the universal screener for Math.
Fully implement the new evaluation instrument for teachers and principals.
Begin training on and transitioning to the state's Instructional Improvement System.
Recruit and send additional mentors to required Teacher Residency training.
Complete curriculum plans for new learning standards.
Fully implement Ohios new learning standards.
B-C-S is committed to continuous improvement and will continue to race to the top in pursuit of an "Excellence with Distinction" designation, and more importantly ... success in the 21st century for every B-C-S student!