The CCSD Department of Curriculum & Instruction coordinates district efforts to design and develop a written curriculum; ensures best practice classroom instruction through research-based professional development and utilizes student achievement data analysis in assisting the district schools in improvement planning. It does not discriminate on the basis of: age, color, creed, national origin, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.
The curriculum development design facilitates the infusion of multicultural non-sexist concepts into each curricular area. The curricular areas of the district include the areas of Art, Career and Technical Education, School Counseling, Language Arts (English), Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Wellness, and World Languages.
Media Research, and Technology Objectives, which have their own distinct curriculums, are integrated and infused throughout the other curricular areas. There have also been written curriculums developed and encompasses the learning for our ELL (English Language Learners) students, and our at-risk population.
On July 29, 2010, Iowa joined 29 other states in adopting national standards for what students should learn in Math and English. Since that time, 46 states have adopted what is now know as the Common Core as their state curriculum. Within the Common Core, each state has the freedom to add 15% additional standards to the Common Core. Iowa has done this. Because of the additional standards, the curriculum taught in Iowa will be called the Iowa Core. In August of 2012, the CCSD began implementation of the Iowa Core in K-2 math, 3-5 language arts, and middle school math and english/language arts. Full implementation of the Iowa Core is scheduled to take place by the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.
Each curriculum is unique in the fact that it was developed, designed and written by the teachers in the Clinton system. The curriculum is dynamic; each year it is reviewed and modified of more tightly aligned to national standards and the Iowa Core Curriculum, state assessments, best practice, multicultural non-sexist concepts, and the changing learning needs of our student population.
John Jorgensen, Curriculum Director
(563) 243-9600 ext. 50