Major Curriculum Initiatives
Each year, the administration of the General McLane School District sets goals for the school year through the Strategic Planning Process. Several major curriculum initiatives were set for the 2018-19 school year. The following is a brief overview of these initiatives:
- Improve Learning for Students- Last year, the middle school piloted a “Mass Customized Learning” unit, which sought to capitalize on technology to reach small groups of students at their level of proficiency. That pilot will be expanded this year. Additionally, the high school Mathematics curriculum will be examined and parts re-written. Finally, the high school and middle school will begin the process of implementing MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) programs, similar to programs already running at McKean and Edinboro Elementary Schools.
- Encourage Creativity, Innovation and Collaboration- The “Inventionland” curriculum was implemented in 7th grade Tech Ed last year and will be expanded to the high school this year. “Ice House” curriculum was piloted at the high school last year and will be fully implemented this year. Coding instruction will be implemented in 6th and 8th The high school will be developing a cross-curricular STEAM project involving coding or drone technology.
- Curriculum Revision- This year, new curriculum will be written in Technology Education. High school Mathematics curriculum will also be examined and parts re-written.
- Career Strategies- Students throughout the General McLane School District have been involved in career preparation activities for decades. Evidence from those career activities will be collected for the state of Pennsylvania’s new Future Ready Index. The Future Ready Index will replace the School Performance Profile that was used to rate schools throughout the state.