Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum & Instruction

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, the district started systemic work to develop K-12 curriculum maps for all content areas and courses.  As we move through our K-12 Curriculum Review and Refinement Cycle, which seeks to address varying needs within each level and content area each school year, we will build and post curriculum maps to reflect teaching and learning.  During the 2018-19 school year, K-12 curriculum maps in Math, Science, and PLTW/Computer Science have been developed. This work will continue, with refinements to existing maps occurring throughout each year. These maps will be available for parent/guardian and student access within our district webpage and will be referenced in newsletters, school pages, teacher pages, curriculum night events, etc.  It is our hope that this level of transparency is helpful as we partner to support student learning.

The mission of the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District is to provide an educational experience empowering students to maximize their potential. Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools utilizes this mission to guide decision-making that informs course and program offerings, teacher professional development, and ongoing refinement of educational opportunities for students.

Chagrin Falls Schools is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  The District also earned placement as one of 433 school districts on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll in 2016. It is rare for districts to earn placement on the AP District Honor Roll for multiple years in a row.  

Chagrin Falls High School received the 2018 Overall A Award from Ohio's State Board of Education.  In 2016-17, the district received the Momentum Award. Both awards program is the State Board's way of recognizing schools that have received A's on each value-added measure included on Ohio's school report cards.  The school received the same award in 2015-16. In October 2017, Chagrin Falls Schools received the Promising Practice School District Award by the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC). The District received this award for providing a comprehensive, appropriate education for gifted students through policy and practice and demonstrating a creative approach to gifted education and issues.  

During the 2017-18 school year, 144 Chagrin Falls High School students earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards. These awards recognize high school students who have shown exceptional college level achievement on AP exams. Many of these students also qualified for the AP Capstone Diploma. Students receive this award by earning a score of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and four other AP exams of their choice.

We administer the PSAT 8, 9, and PSAT/NMSQT to all students in grades 8-10 and the SAT to all students in grade 11. This continuum of assessment not only best-prepares students for taking college entrance exams, but also yields critical college and career readiness information and AP Potential Data. This information assists students in maximizing their potential for success throughout high school and beyond. Ongoing student access to the RTI (Response to Intervention) Center, the Math Lab, and The Writing Center on the 7-12 Campus supports all students in their pursuit of rigorous course offerings.

Several years ago, departments worked to identify Selection Criteria for all leveled courses across grades 4-12. These sets of multiple and varied data points are transparently posted on the district website, within the Intermediate School and Middle School Advanced Programming brochures, and within the Course Selection Guide to assist students and their families in determining readiness for more rigorous course offerings. The ongoing collection of data points each year ensures that student readiness is monitored and used in decision-making each year. See the flexible and responsive nature of our course trajectories here, under “Resources and Forms.”

Our commitment to holistic and personalized education is also reflected in our continuum of extensive course offerings which extend beyond the core areas (including World Language, Music, Art, and STEM coursework beginning in Kindergarten). We seek to promote a passion for learning within each of our students and encourage them to be contributing members of the community. Ongoing Intervention/Enrichment periods exist within the school schedules across grades K-12, allowing all students to access what they need, when it is needed. This programming includes access to the STRETCH Enrichment programming for cognitively gifted students in grades 4-6.



Please feel free to contact our offices with any questions or concerns regarding curriculum and instruction.

Becky Quinn
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
440-247-2432


Biography

Becky Quinn has served as the Director of Curriculum since 2013. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary with Gifted Education from Kent State University, Becky taught gifted elementary students and middle school students in both regular and gifted settings in both SC and NJ. During her time in NJ, she earned her Masters’ in Educational Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University, in Philadelphia, PA. She returned to SC in 2000 and resumed teaching at the middle level while completing her administrative internship. Upon completion, she became an Assistant Middle School Principal within this school.

After the birth of her first child in 2003, Becky and her husband decided to return to Ohio to be near family. Becky joined the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District as the Gifted Coordinator in summer 2004. Throughout her 6 years within the district, her responsibilities grew to also include supervision of the K-12 Music / Arts Programs and Directorship of the 3 middle schools. During her tenure, she received numerous grants and grew new opportunities for students, including new gifted service models, new gifted course options, and summer programming for all students. Becky also earned her Superintendent’s License from Cleveland State University during this time.

In 2010, Becky joined the Willoughby-Eastlake City School District, as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. In this position, Becky grew her experience in K-12 curriculum. She wrote and facilitated several grant projects, supervised the Race to the Top grant, grew new testing, course, and program opportunities for students, and worked to prepare the district for implementation of the new standards, assessment, and evaluation programs. Becky served on numerous committees and worked closely with community organizations to foster partnerships to promote student learning.

Becky joined the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District in 2013 and was hired to supervise K-12 curriculum and instruction and to serve in the role of Gifted Coordinator within the district.

 

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