Five Year Curriculum Plan
The Paterson Public School district’s mission is to prepare each student for success at the college/university of their choosing. Without a rigorously aligned curriculum, our goals cannot be achieved. As we move forward in the age of new standards and requirements, it is necessary that the district’s curriculum stays current and encourages students to be life-long learners.
Paterson Public Schools aligns its curriculum to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) and the NJDOE Model Curriculum (where applicable). The district strives for cohesive curriculum guides that serve as a ‘one-stop shop’, informing teachers of standards, objectives, and resources needed and providing sample lessons, unit projects, and interdisciplinary connections.
It is our goal to continue to develop units of study based on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) that include rigor, research, and application of knowledge. Through collaborative and innovative problem-solving, our students will continue to acquire knowledge and learn skills necessary for college and the workforce.
The globalized world and the speed of information have increased the competitiveness of our economy. Our instructional strategies are based on the encouragement of inspiration, critical thinking, and collegiality. Through the integration of complex and engaging text, our students are learning to write scholarly work via academic vocabulary and support their arguments using relevant textual evidence. Additionally, ongoing questioning and discussion from our educators leads our students toward separating fact from opinion and uncovering the truth from falsehoods. Our ultimate focus, however, is on student growth and achievement by establishing a purpose which promotes student accountability.
Building upon skills and concepts across all disciplines and activating prior knowledge will continue to be drivers in our units of study. Through synergy and the implementation of the Common Core, our students will become globally aware and be prepared to face challenges in a critical and collegial manner. Student leadership today will lead to productive citizens tomorrow and develop lifelong learners with a quest to innovate.