Common Core Curriculum Addressed
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Good evening Dr. Nishino, Michael Johnson, Todd Schieferle, and School Board Members,
Tonight we represent dedicated professionals that educate the students of Mountain Vista School under the administration of Mr. John Wilber. As a staff, we are committed to the students we serve. We continue to hold high expectations of ourselves and of our students. We are reminded daily of our task - to educate the future generation; those future adults who will be faced with different opportunities and challenges than we might have faced growing up.
FUSD is in transition. As with any transition, problems become apparent and need to be resolved. First, Common Core curriculum is being written by Fillmore elementary teachers to align the eleven year-old Open Court program. Second, there is no ELD curriculum, yet Lesson Plans are being required. Clearly, these concerns need to be addressed immediately.
Although we do have a professional duty to implement the curriculum, we question whether it is also our responsibility to write the curriculum we deliver. One can ask how is it reasonable to then spend additional hours rewriting our curriculum into lesson plan format. What is the limit to our professional day?
While Mountain Vista teachers move forward with implementing Common Core this year, and continue to prepare our students for their future, there is an urgent need for curriculum support and training for the Mountain Vista Staff now. After all, “the future” sits before us everyday.