Curriculum refers to the means and materials with which students will interact for the purpose of achieving identified educational outcomes. We believe that a quality curriculum:
- Responds to the needs of all learners
- Reflects current, research-based best practices
- Provides a continuum of learning, with coherence between grades and across disciplines
The Cromwell Public Schools recognizes and values the involvement of community as its partner in supporting the educational process for its students. As an extension to the Secondary Task Force, Dr. Talty brought a group of teachers, administrators, and parents together during the 2013-2014 academic year for the purpose looking at the needs of the K-5 learner. One area of continued conversation was the different configurations that can be used to support students’ academic, social, and emotional growth. As a result, the multi-age configuration was proposed.
Research on multi-age instructional grouping indicates that students learn the curriculum in varied ways, not always in a linear presentation format. Students in multi-age settings can learn more advanced curriculum in areas in which they excel while also receiving instruction in those areas for which they are “at grade level.” The multi-age classroom embraces a student’s different academic and developmental levels.
Multi-age classrooms present instruction in a collaborative setting between older and younger students while using flexible groupings and individual learning arrangements. The multi-age classroom would allow students to work in an authentic setting similar to one that they will experience beyond school. 21 st century skills require students to be able to collaborate and produce work with a team.