Curriculum & Instruction

The Curriculum & Instruction Department consists of the following team members:

Robert Gray III, Director
Kathy Tucker, Literacy and Tutoring Coordinator
• Janice Ewbank, Curriculum Specialist—Assessment
Gayl Howell, Curriculum Specialist—Professional Learning
Binh Vo, Instructional Technology

The department’s purpose is to provide proactive and reflective leadership around curriculum and instruction for the betterment of every child served at Salt River Schools. The department will accomplish this by (1) creating, maintaining and improving the Division’s curriculum and (2) increasing the effectiveness of instruction in every classroom so that (3) our students will demonstrate high levels of literacy, skills and knowledge in academics, culture and ethic.

The Curriculum & Instruction Department will improve student outcomes by:

• Creating a system-wide approach to literacy
• Leading and monitoring the English Language Arts program
• Ensuring effective implementation of programs and practices among sites
• Strengthening prevention, intervention and student support services
• Creating a coherent and balanced set of assessments
• Using assessment data to inform daily and long term teacher practice
• Evaluating the effectiveness of materials, plans and programs
• Supporting teacher’s use of technology
• Teaching dual enrollment technology courses
• Supporting audio/visual needs across the Division

Helping to fulfill the Curriculum & Instruction team’s purpose and improve student outcomes is everyone’s responsibility. Here’s how:

• Read the *NEW* Instructional Program Policy
• Read the *NEW* Division-wide Professional Development Plan
• Read the *NEW* Division-wide Assessment Plan
• Read the *NEW* Division-wide Literacy Plan
• Stay tuned for more information on Standards-based Grading for Students
• Stay tuned for more information on the English Language Arts (ELA) Textbook Adoption

Questions? Contact Robert Gray, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, at


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