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Professional Learning

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction coordinates district activities related to teaching, learning, assessment and professional development.

In the Kirkwood School District, we define curriculum as the "what.”  Our curriculum outlines represent what we expect students to know and be able to do.

Instruction is the “how."  We support student learning and differentiate, based on student needs, in order for all students to meet and exceed expectations.

Assessment is the means by which we determine student mastery and proficiency on our defined expectations.  This information is shared with students and parents.  Teachers communicate information about classroom instruction, student needs and achievement through electronic tools and conversations. Assessment is frequent so students can demonstrate growing competencies. Ongoing assessment information is shared by sending home materials, offering electronic access, and conducting parent-teacher conferences. Proficiencies are reported quarterly on report cards.