Welcome to the ISD #318 Curriculum & Instruction Department

Kinders learning to writeCurriculum is the “what” of teaching and instruction is the “how”.  Curriculum was once thought of as a scope and sequence from a textbook or a map of activities. Today, curriculum goes far beyond this and we are expanding its use as a management system to promote continuous improvement of programming and teaching techniques. How we achieve those techniques is outline in the Vision Strategy Execution Measurement Statement (VSEM). You can read that statement by accessing the link on your left. We align programs to the Minnesota Academic State Standards. Those standards can also be accessed through the Minnesota Department of Education link to your left.

District 318 curriculum is in a 6 year cycle. During each of those years, there are very specific tasks to complete so teachers can make decisions about program needs, as well as what they may want to pursue professionally to enhance their delivery. During Years 1-3 teachers research & analyze data, develop & refine curriculum, and implement new programming. Years 4-6, teachers monitor and adjust.

State assessments are given each spring in the areas of reading, writing, math, and science. We have now posted the test specifications for these assessments on our website. Teachers and parents can access this information by clicking on the testing link on the Teaching & Learning dropdown menu.

If you have questions regarding any of our programs, please contact the Curriculum and Instruction office at 218‑327‑5706.