Curriculum at Kinnelon
Ensuring district curricula align with the most recent iterations of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (formerly the CCSS, NGSS and NJCCCS) is an ongoing process. In addition to adhering to the standards, the faculty and administration review the current research and employment trends and seek to create courses and curricula that are of the highest value to our students in their lives after they graduate from the Kinnelon Public School District. It is our goal to ensure every student has the opportunity to access world-class curricula taught by outstanding teachers using cutting edge methodologies and tools.
Purpose of the Curriculum
Curriculum is a set of documents that help guide teachers in their instructional decisions. The documents themselves are static, however, we believe that curriculum is a living and dynamic concept that explains what knowledge is of most worth to the community. As the world changes, so too must what we teach our children.
Kinnelon has two different types of curriculum documents, the Scope and Sequence and the Understanding by Design unit plan.
- Scopes and Sequences are documents that spell out the full content of a particular curriculum (scope) and the order in which the teacher should present material (sequence).
- UbD Unit Plans are a more in-depth guide produced using the "backward design" planning model developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. These plans are structured around Essential Questions (i.e., open-ended questions that spark inquiry in students) and Enduring Understandings (i.e., what knowledge will be retained for future use). UbD planing is called backward design because it starts with the assessment (the end) in mind, then works forward from there.
We are proud of the extraordinary work that our curriculum supervisors and teaching staff have done in creating documents that reflect both the NJSLS, and the Kinnelon academic standards that drive our educational system. As such, we want to share that work with the public. These documents are is a continual work in progress, and as more curriculum documents are devised, developed and implemented, they will be added. Feel free to contact the Curriculum Department if you have any questions.
Thomas Tufaro, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment