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Curriculum

Through out the school year, the staff of Benzie County Central Schools work diligently to create and review curriculum maps in each content area. The constant updating of the maps insures that the Benzie school district’s curriculum reflects the current State and National content expectations. Early release days are used to allow staff the time to work with their colleagues to map out the curriculum for each subject taught during the year.

The curriculum maps are valuable in several ways…they:

1. Coordinate instruction in a grade level from one building to another. 8. Will be reviewed on an annual basis to either keep, modify or change instruction when needed.
2. Articulate instruction from grade level to grade level to avoid overlap and gaps. 9. Help to insure that when students move from the four (4) elementary schools into Platte River, each child will have had the same instructional opportunities.
3. Align instruction with the Michigan Curriculum Frameworks. 10. Help to insure that when students move from the six (6) sixth grades to the Middle School, each child will have had the same instructional opportunities.
4. Insure instruction is targeting assessments (local, state [MEAP] and nationally normed test). 11. Help to insure that when students move from the Middle School to the High School, each child will have had the same instructional opportunities.
5. Identify essential instructional materials to be made available for each classroom to carry out the instructional demands of the course. 12. When new teachers are hired into the district, they will have the “road map” to develop their instruction from instead of developing their own instruction expectations that could differ from the district’s.
6. Help to develop better assessments to evaluate learning. 13. Can be used to communicate course expectations to students as well as their parents.
7. Help the teacher pace their instruction throughout the school year so important learning is not missed.