On these pages you will find information and links regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment at the Barre Unified Union School District, as well as links to resources outside the district on topics such as proficiency based learning and grading; continuous improvement planning; teacher goal-setting, evaluation & supervision; and communications.
There is so much going on with regards to education in Vermont these days that it's sometimes hard to keep track of everything. If you don't find what you're looking for on these pages, please don't hesitate to contact our office directly.
In Changing Times – Ensuring Our Students’ Success is Our Top Priority
Your Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment office has been busy this year – and always with your children’s best interests in mind. In addition to keeping the school district up to date and informed of local, state, and national initiatives and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and accountability measures (which is no small task these days), we also:
- monitor and coordinate local and state assessments;
- measure the achievement of legislated standards;
- prepare for monitoring visits;
- review student achievement and monitor recordkeeping;
- develop staff in-service program;
- oversee, manage, and stay in compliance of grants;
- educate staff on current research affecting teaching and learning; and
- guide the SU’s continuous improvement planning.
Working together as a multi-school community, we translate curriculum intentions into nuts-and bolts activities that produce positive outcomes for our students. We use a distributed leadership approach to tackle this work and we are proud of the progress we’ve made, especially in aligning proficiency based grading practices with Tier 1 instruction, continuous improvement and professional development. We continue to expand parent outreach through our math, literacy and forum nights, and we continue to focus on providing students with social and emotional supports, while strengthening our professional learning groups and Tier 2 and 3 supports. All of this work happens with the understanding that the best learning communities are built on trust, empathy, respect, innovative thinking, risk taking, and voice for all; and all of it geared towards fulfilling the mission statement of the Barre Unified Union School District, which is “to build a community of curious learners that empowers student voice and exploration through education, character development, and perseverance, so our students can take on the world’s greatest challenges.”