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K12 Comprehensive
Curriculum Resources

Orange County Public Schools
Orlando, Florida
CHALLENGE: A rapidly
growing district with little
time for professional development had a number of
teachers with one to three
years of experience. Some
lacked content knowledge
and pedagogy to teach to
standards. Veteran teachers
also struggled with the shift
to instruction that requires
students to learn more critical thinking and analysis.
INITIATIVE: Comprehensive
curriculum resource materials, or CRMs, were created
for all core courses. These
resources include deconstructed standards, grading
scales and test specifications.

Teachers have access to
15-minute "mini-academy"
videos on each topic. For
all state-assessed courses,
the department developed
daily lesson plans with
learning targets and scripted
instruction. "The plans show
teachers what they could be
doing and what the students
should be doing to ensure
they are meeting the appropriate rigor," says Monica
Emery, the district's director
of secondary curriculum and
instruction.
IMPACT: "This project has
given teachers time back,"
Emery says. "They do not
need to spend common

COMBINED RESOURCES-Orange County Public Schools has
developed comprehensive curriculum resources to ease
the burden on teachers.

planning time seeking
out appropriate resources
or planning a lesson from
scratch." Surveys show that
more than 80 percent of
teachers found the CRMs
comprehensive and valuable
in guiding standards-based
instruction. Students also
can better answer sample
state assessment questions.

ADVICE: Districts must
have content experts to create the resources. The process also requires consistent
observation and analysis of
how the materials are used
in the classrooms, which can
reveal the need for editing
and revisions. Easy access to
the resources is key.

Professional Development
Mental Health First-Aid Training for All Employees
Hamburg Central School District
Hamburg, New York

CHALLENGE: An estimated 1 in 5 youth suffer from a mental health disorder, with half of all chronic mental illness
beginning by age 14. Untreated mental health problems
can lead to poor school performance, strained family relationships, trouble with the law, substance abuse and other
risk behaviors.
INITIATIVE: The district is training all employees in mental health first aid so they can recognize risk factors and
warning signs, and respond appropriately. Staff role-play to
practice applying five-step action plans. The district plans
to extend the training to parents and community organizations in the 2018-19 school year.

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IMPACT: Evaluations completed by those who took the
course show that 96 percent are confident that they would
recognize the signs of a young person with a mental health
challenge, with 94 percent confident about reaching out to
that person.
ADVICE: Acknowledge the importance of addressing mental health wellness and commit to taking action. Engage
stakeholders in developing a plan. Don't be overwhelmed
by the scope of what needs to be done. Implementation is
difficult at first but there are immediate benefits and seeing results will motivate you to stay the course.

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