PSD's curriculum is responsive to the needs of students, the talents of staff, the changing world in which we live, and the mandates of national/state agendas. Aligned with the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards, our curriculum is vertically and horizontally articulated to address the knowledge/skills and content in each subject area, across the age/grade levels. Each student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which reflects the specific curricula skills being targeted each year in the student's program.
Experiences that promote students' critical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills are central. Effective uses of information technology and opportunities for application are woven into the fabric of educational activities across core academic subjects and through the arts and physical education. Students participate in a variety of group learning settings--individual, small group, and large group--where the focus is on development of social skills, self-reflection and a sense of individual and group responsibility through interactions with adults and peers
PSD has adopted the Bedrock Curriculum for ELA and ASL. Author, Kristin Anderson Di Perrri, Ed.D. developed the Bedrock Literacy Curriculum for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in 2013. De Perri explains that, “This curriculum is designed to give teachers of DHH students the foundational building blocks in English necessary for teaching reading and writing fluency. It is intended to teach DHH students ‘how to read and write’ in English. It is designed to align with early levels of the Core Curriculum Standards so that teachers know what to do with individual students.”
PSD also adopted the McGraw-Hill My Math curriculum for grades K-5. This curriculum provides the rigor, personalization, and student engagement students need to be successful with the Common Core State Standards. This re-imagined approach to elementary math is fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards and Mathematical Practices, allowing teachers to focus on inspiring a love of learning.
PSD’s Science curriculum is National Geographic science which is a research-based program that is designed to align with state science standards used in grades K-5. Students are immersed in the nature of science inquiry and progresses ranging from observations to designing experiments through the grade levels. Each unit is guided by Big Ideas in Life, Physical, and Earth Science with a focus on both science and content literacy. STEM inquiry is addressed in grades K-5. Students have access to Explore on Your Own and the National Geographic Explorer! leveled informational books for each unit, along with writing and math activities that connect to the science content.
Gateway to Science is designed to introduce middle school students to content-area knowledge and skills needed to meet the state requirements for science standards and assessment. Gateway to Science emphasizes content literacy by using vocabulary building pages and textbook formats that allow students to acquire key vocabulary, concepts, and learning strategies. Units focus on Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science and provide hands-on opportunities for students to gain scientific understanding through inquiry
Additional adoptions will continue to take place over the next few years to have all of PSD’s academic core subject align.