The term curriculum refers to the lessons and academic content taught in school and is specific to a grade level, course, or program. Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject at each grade level. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, and the California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards. In East Whittier, we consistently provide a high-quality standards-based curriculum that is aligned to the California state standards in English Language Arts, English Language Development, Mathematics, Science, History-Social Science, Physical Education, and Visual and Performing Arts. These standards can be viewed at cde.ca.gov.
The California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted content standards for the four core curricular areas (English Language Arts, mathematics, history-social science, and science) to meet the requirements of California Education Code 60605. The SBE has the constitutional authority to adopt instructional materials for grades one through eight and statutory authority to adopt instructional materials for kindergarten aligned to state content standards. The impact of instructional materials on classroom learning is significant and instructional materials have been shown to be an essential tool for teachers. Instructional materials serve as the primary mode of access for California’s students to the state’s content standards and the knowledge and skills they must master. Instructional materials also support teachers in making instructional decisions and selecting effective teaching strategies that lead to student mastery of the content standards. The following is a list of the standards-based instructional materials adopted by the SBE and approved for use by the East Whittier City School District.
Instructional resources that are utilized in addition to the adopted textbooks are called supplemental materials. Supplemental materials can help students learn content standards in different ways, allows teachers to move beyond the textbook, provides additional practice, and address gaps identified in the curriculum. These materials offer teachers useful resources and activities to help design lessons that will engage students. Supplemental materials often provide teachers with new and different ways to teach which creates more interest for both teachers and students. Learning can be challenging, but it does not have to be boring. Supplemental materials give teachers that extra level of resources and support to make the lessons fun, rigorous, and engaging. The following is a list of the supplemental materials currently in use districtwide.
In addition to the supplemental materials listed above, teachers will receive upgraded professional accounts for Zoom, Screencastify, and Seesaw (elementary).