In Lake Forest School District 67, we believe that a comprehensive curriculum provides a framework for social, emotional, and academic well-being through the coordinated sequence of study in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, world language, the arts, physical education, and health.
A well-written curriculum clearly states the specific content and skills that each student should master as they progress through the grade levels. While the essential elements of a curriculum must be documented, it is important to note that curriculum is living in the classroom each day; teachers are charged with the responsibility of designing and adapting their instruction so that each student reaches her or his full potential with the given curriculum.
The curriculum of District 67 undergoes continuous evaluation and revision, ensuring that it represents the very best thinking in education today. In addition, we collaborate with Lake Forest High School District 115 to promote a coherent progression of content and skills.
District 67 embraces the Common Core State Standards as an opportunity to strengthen our curriculum. These standards “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them." The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. (www.corestandards.org)
Amplify CKLA and ELA English Language Arts Curriculum
At the April 25th regular meeting, the Board of Education adopted Amplify for the K-8 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum to replace the Lucy Calkins Units of Study resource. Amplify will offer a rigorous and systematic approach aligned with the Science of Reading to support students to thrive academically and develop strong literacy skills. District staff and teachers have been engaging in ongoing professional development (PD) around the Science of Reading and new curriculum, and we are eager to share much of that information with our families. Join Director of Teaching & Learning Vail Kieser and Jeff Senior Vice President, Product Specialist from Amplify to answer your questions and share essential updates with you about our curriculum by watching the videos linked below.
Curriculum Coordinating Committee
The Curriculum Coordinating Committee (CCC) is a representative group of teachers, administrators, and parents that considers plans for curriculum evaluation, reviews materials that are potentially up for district adoption and provides input regarding curriculum-related matters to the Board and administration.Committee Purpose: An important perspective to bring to our District work is through our parents. One of the ways we seek parent involvement is through the Curriculum Coordinating Committee. It is composed of teachers, administrators, and parents, thus representing multiple perspectives about the work we do for our students. The purpose of this committee includes, yet may not be limited to:
- Consider plans for curriculum review/evaluation
- Receive input regarding curriculum-related matters
- Serve in an advisory capacity to the administration and Board of Education
Thank you to our 2023 Parent/Guardian Committee Members: John Malloy, Mallory Boyens, and Lauren Fairchild
An Overview of Curricular Areas
Multilingual Learners (ML)
Social, Emotional, and Character Development
District 67 Teaching and Learning
(Offices located in the CUBE at Deer Path Middle School)
Director of Teaching & Learning
Dr. Michelle Shinn
Director of School Improvement