Curriculum and Learning
Welcome to the Curriculum department for Piedmont Public Schools. Our vision is to provide students with meaningful learning experiences so that they develop a love for learning on their journey to academic excellence. Piedmont is committed to ensuring that students have access to a high quality, rigorous curriculum that is standards-based, relevant, and engaging. We offer a broad selection of academic courses and electives to meet the needs of our students. In addition to the core academic coursework, electives allow students to grow in world language, the arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), music, physical education, and in other subjects. A comprehensive special education program is available for students who need additional assistance, and our LEAP program enhances educational experiences for our Gifted and Talented students.
A culture of innovation and distinction are ubiquitous throughout the district. Each day, devoted administrators and teachers work to ensure that all students have the tools and resources necessary to realize academic success. In partnership with parents, district staff establishes high expectations, a supportive atmosphere, and superior instruction to guide students on their educational paths. Preparing students for a globally competitive society means providing them strategies and resources that will allow them to meet future challenges. As traditional methods of instruction and following a textbook from cover to cover fade away, new and innovative practices have been introduced in schools. It is imperative that students have access to technology that can be used anywhere for real-time learning with up-to-date information. The district has embraced this challenge and has responded with unparalleled efforts to ensure that students at all levels have such access to technology. Students in grades 7-12 are all issued a Google Chromebook to use for the duration of the school year. Not only will students become effective consumers of technology, but they will create authentic, technology-based products to demonstrate their learning. Student-owned learning is transforming education and engaging students in instruction in ways that were never before possible. Using the Google Apps for Education program in conjunction with the Chromebooks, Piedmont students have a proven platform for the types of project collaboration expected in colleges and in the twenty-first century workplace. As teachers continue to provide challenging educational experiences for students focused on critical thinking, reasoning, collaboration, and creativity, technology provides a means for students to create authentic work products and engage in digital learning.
In addition, to the 1:1 initiative in secondary grades, more and more technology is being incorporated in elementary grades to enhance learning experiences for students. In an era of increasing rigor in standards and assessments, elementary students in Piedmont have regular access to technological tools integrated into their rich instructional experiences to help them develop as thinkers and problem solvers. Students at Piedmont Primary School, Piedmont Elementary School, Northwood Elementary, and Stone Ridge Elementary will work with a variety of technological tools and resources embedded in the curriculum across disciplines.
In order to ensure students receive consistent, high-quality instruction in all subjects, Piedmont Public Schools aligns curriculum to the Oklahoma Academic Standards, as set by the State of Oklahoma.
Links to Standards:
Each month, a secondary teacher and an elementary teacher are recognized in the Featured Teacher section of the curriculum newsletter. Teachers are nominated by their peers or by administrators for outstanding practice in the classroom. The Featured Teacher in 2015-2016 are:
September: Summer Boismier, MS 7th Grade ELA Teacher
October: Drew Gossen, HS Science Teacher
November: Sara Rhoades, PI Library Media Specialist
December: Diana Moreno, MS Spanish Teacher
January: Matt Bilyeu, HS History Teacher
February: Amy Lennertz, PI Spanish Teacher
March: Connie Ward, MS Science Teacher
April: Sherri Wilson, HS Science Teacher
May: Sheridan Southwell, PI Math Teacher
September: Kristin Hall, PES First Grade Teacher
October: Jammie Kimmel, Elementary Spanish Teacher
November: Ashley Rhodes, NW Fourth Grade Teacher
December: Debbie Bethel, PS Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
January: Courtney Lindenborn, SR Elementary Teacher
February: Julie Utley, NW Second Grade Teacher
March: Trisha White, PES Kindergarten Teacher
April: Mindy Ohl, PS Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
May: Shannon Elliott, SR Third Grade Teacher
Here are the Featured Teachers in 2014-2015.
May: District’s Third Grade Teachers - Northwood Elementary-Melissa Beale, Summer Cope, Linda Smith, and Leesa Tech Piedmont Elementary-Marci Courtney, Mandy Lee, and Kim Nichols Stone Ridge Elementary- Taryn Brewer, Jerianne Byrne, Annie Farris, and Sana Hanif
If you should have any questions about curriculum and instruction, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Dr. Courtney Lockridge