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DPS teachers spend summer vacation realigning curriculum

Sunday, June 10, 2012

From left, Alison Schneider, Angie Coffman and Sherry Agee; in the background Rita Cobb and Lea Ann Duncan. Teachers at DPS went right back to work this week as they work with Agee to align their curriculum to the state's core standards.
It may be summer and the kids may be enjoying a well-deserved break from school, but you would be wrong to assume that all teachers are doing the same. In the first full week since school let out approximately 15 teachers and administrators went right back to work at Dyersburg Primary School, preparing the fall curriculum. According to Principal Linda DeBerry, four lead teachers from each grade (kindergarten, first and second) and two from pre-kindergarten are reviewing the curriculum to ensure that the school's curriculum is in line with Tennessee's common core standards.

"We are aligning our curriculum and designing assessments to ensure we are ready when our students come back August 1," said DeBerry.

The Tennessee Department of Education has adopted common core standards that were part of the state's No Child Left Behind waiver request. Tennessee was one of 10 states that was granted the waiver in February of this year based on how it will address improving education in the state. Tennessee currently ranks in the bottom fifth in the nation in education.

DeBerry believes that the work her lead teachers are putting in now, will pay off come late July when all her teachers come back together to begin preparing for the next school year.

Marikay Barnes and Cindy Dyer work together on the pre-kindergarten curriculum. According to Linda DeBerry, principal at DPS, the extra work lead teachers are putting in now will have a huge payoff next month when teachers come back to their classrooms.
"When teachers return this will ensure that everyone is on the same page," said DeBerry.

The constant work being done by the teachers demonstrates how education has evolved. DeBerry commented that education is no longer an eight-to-three job, nine months out of the year. Today's teachers are constantly working at improving their craft and summer is an opportune time to refine skills.

"During the summer, teachers are involved in building on their own teaching practices and refining instruction for students so that kids receive the best possible education," said DeBerry.

The lead teachers working on the curriculum all have extensive curriculum experience and are working together with DPS Curriculum Coordinator Sherry Agee, who has 30 years of experience in education. According to DeBerry, the effort and dedication of these teachers will make it possible for their colleagues to focus more on classroom instruction and their students.

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