The Teaching and Learning Department, formerly known as the Curriculum and Instruction Department, has been hard at work creating a hub for parents to better understand the concepts, content and skills taught in the classroom.
The District recently published scope and sequence documents that outline the curriculum used by educators districtwide in each grade level and core subject area, as well as the order in which the topics are covered. This information was traditionally made available through individual educators, but now the curriculum outlines can be accessed 24/7 on the District website as well.
“The District is constantly evolving to meet the needs of students and families and this was a natural next step,” said Dr. Wes Cunningham, chief academic officer. “Parents are key supporters of their students’ education and providing online access to the core content areas is another way of empowering parents to be active partners in their children’s learning.”
The State Board of Education has the legislative authority to adopt the statewide curriculum standards that are housed on the Texas Education Agency website. These standards, called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), outline what students should know and be able to do in each course or grade. These required standards are embedded within each FISD scope and sequence.
Frisco ISD teachers annually review required learning objectives, analyze student data for trends across the District, create lesson exemplars and outline an appropriate way to approach the skills students should know each year.
“Students, technology and education changes, so educators evolve the approach each year to make sure we are providing all students a guaranteed and viable curriculum,” said Kenny Chandler, deputy superintendent of schools. “The standards-based curriculum ensures that all students have access to a comprehensive, rigorous curriculum across all campuses, grade levels and subject areas.”
The curriculum outlines provided on the District website include the core curriculum of English, math, science and social studies, which all students participate in. There are more than 1,000 unique courses taught across Frisco ISD that have a curriculum guide available via the campus teacher.
“While teachers are provided a scope and a sequence for the school year, they also have the autonomy to differentiate the pacing or order of the curriculum based on the unique needs of the students in their class,” Cunningham said. “No matter the class or grade level a student is in, they are guided by professionals who can meet each students’ academic and behavioral needs and interests by providing a wide array of learning experiences and programming options.”
From developing the grit to persevere through challenges and identifying solutions to real-world problems, educators seek to create authentic and relevant learning experiences that go beyond the basic, required curriculum standards. Through learner-centered classrooms, talented educators across the District foster transferable skills that can be applied to a wide variety of life and career paths.
"These core curriculum documents shine a light on what is covered in the classroom and on what Frisco ISD students should know and be able to do, but they do not capture the artistry of the professional educators who are trained on bringing the content to life and helping them become future ready," Cunningham said.