Teaching and Learning

The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, & Professional Development oversees all aspects of professional learning, curriculum development, instruction, and assessments. The East Rochester School District is continuing to focus on supporting our district vision of providing the highest quality instruction to recognize the strengths of our students and meet the needs of all learners.

Curriculum mapping supports and informs the curriculum renewal process. This process provides teachers the opportunities to revisit and revise curricula to ensure alignments are explicit, strong and relevant.

The district has undertaken a comprehensive analysis of what is being taught and the order and depth in which content is covered, identifying gaps and redundancies, increasing overall rigor, and improving the students’ skill levels in all disciplines. A well-organized and conveniently communicated curriculum allows educators to pinpoint curricular strengths and weaknesses by measuring student achievement and comparing it to the instruction program.
The district focus will continue to be multi-faceted: high expectations, a rigorous, connected and consistent curriculum, relevance in instruction and assessments, and the alignment of professional development for our teachers and support staff so that we are able to achieve this arduous challenge of preparing our children to become college and career ready for the 21st century.

Our goal is to enhance an already vibrant curriculum with 21st century skills that each student needs to be college and career ready. Collectively we will look to use our vision statement to guide our work: The Vision of the East Rochester School District is that students will learn through the highest quality instruction which recognizes each student’s strengths, talents, interests, learning styles and rates of learning, using developmentally appropriate methods.

District Mentor Program

Part 80-3.4 of the New York State Commissioner’s Regulations states that districts are required to provide a one-year mentor experience to new teachers, beginning September 2004. The East Rochester Mentor Plan is available below.

According to the plan, building principals, with input from the ERTA, select mentors and pair them with new teachers. Mentor teachers must be tenured, hold permanent certification and have at least five years of experience. They must demonstrate mastery of pedagogical and subject matter skills, willingness and time to serve as mentors, evidence of outstanding teaching abilities, commitment to their own professional learning growth, trustworthiness and enthusiasm. Mentors receive a stipend of $1500.

The Mentor Plan includes individual forms for the following, which may be copied:

  1. Calendar & checklists
  2. Mentor Log
  3. Mentor Feedback
  4. New Teacher Feedback - 6 Weeks, Mid-Year, and Final

Professional Development Opportunities

My Learning Plan is the East Rochester School District’s online professional development catalog and registration system. Through a simple click of the button, you can register to attend in-district workshops. For all other workshops and conferences, specific registration procedures are included in the course descriptions. You are encouraged to check the site frequently for up-to-date district and non-district professional development opportunities.

The District supports funding for training and conference opportunities that meet the following criteria:

  • Aligned to District goals
  • Aligned to New York State learning standards and assessments
  • Sponsored by school district, Monroe 1 and 2 BOCES, higher education institution and not-for-profit professional organizations.

Sustained high quality staff development broadens the knowledge and skills of educators so they can better prepare all students to meet rigorous, 21st century academic standards.

Related Files

ELL Identification Process

Essential Tips for K-12 teachers

HLQ English

2016-17 Professional Development Plan

2016-17 English Language Learner (ELL) Plan

2017-2018 Program of Studies

9-12 Style Guide

NYS Education Department

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