Teaching & Learning

  • Teaching & learning

     
    The Office of Teaching and Learning is responsible for a broad range of areas, including: program and curriculum coordination, assessment, instruction, professional development, educational initiatives, research and grants.

     

    Find Curriculum Materials Here

     
     
    The Office of Teaching and Learning oversees curriculum and instruction for the Public Schools of Brookline. Each curriculum area is managed by a coordinator. The Learning Expectations are the curriculum guidelines for all content areas, Grades K-8. The Course Syllabi are detailed course outlines for all courses at Brookline High School. They help teachers, parents and students understand the anticipated results of instruction and study. Both the Learning Expectations and Course Syllabi respond to the question: what should students be able to do to demonstrate understanding and knowledge?  
     
  • The purpose of the District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP) is to describe the strategies and resources that are available to classroom teachers and specialists in their quest to address the diverse learning needs of our students outside of special education. The DCAP is to be used by Child Study Teams with teachers before and instead of students being evaluated to determine special education eligibility. The process of Child Study Teams and the use of the DCAP are not intended for the sole use of beginning the special education evaluation process. Please click here to review the District Curriculum Accommodation Plan for the Public Schools of Brookline.
  • Programs

    The Office of Teaching and Learning oversees a number of educational programs for the Public Schools of Brookline.  
     
     

    Program Review

    Each year, two to three programs or curriculum areas in the Brookline system begin the process of Program Review. The goal of Program Review is to improve student achievement through a comprehensive and rigorous examination of our programs. Currently, the Career and Technical Education program at BHS is engaged in Phase II of the Program Review process. The Enrichment and Challenge Support Program is beginning its second round of Program Review in January 2013.  The K-12 Mathematics program is beginning its second round of Program Review in Fall 2013.  For more information, please contact the Senior Director of Programs, Meg Maccini, at meg_maccini@psbma.org.
     
  • Professional Development

    Professional development is embedded in the daily work of Brookline educators through participation in school-based collaborative learning groups, grade level and department meetings, coordinator designed activities, and committee work - as well as participation in seminars, institutes and conferences sponsored by partner organizations. For more information, please contact the Director of Professional Development, Gabe McCormick.
  • Libraries

    The Library Department provides intellectual and physical access to information in all formats. Each library procures and processes print and non-print materials, maintains audio-visual equipment, subscribes to on-line databases, and functions as the school based information center. Library collections and instruction are integrated into the curriculum and teaches students strategies to access and evaluate information sources and technologies. Librarians organize school-based reading events, author visits, public library orientation, student and parent book groups and media literacy classes. Librarians and instructional staff collaborate on collection development that supports the curriculum, enriches instruction for all learners, and develops an appreciation for life-long learning.