Chemistry Class

Curricular Innovation

Empower teachers to share their expertise to drive curricular innovation and utilize skills obtained through real-world experience and professional development.

Core Challenges

A lack of key program updates over the past decade has prevented teachers from delivering cutting edge, evidence-based curricula in mathematics and science

Key Focus Areas

  • Aid MPS in adopting novel mechanisms for teacher input and dialogue with the Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Committee, and to improve MPS’s teacher and professional development approaches to align with best practices in instructional innovation (e.g. personalized learning, project-based learning, inquiry-based learning). 

  • Spearhead a district-wide STEM/STEAM assessment and action plan to take stock of MPS’s many STEM/STEAM assets and opportunities for improvement or growth. Although  MPS has many STEM/STEAM resources to build upon, MPS also needs to more consistently evaluate and implement innovative research-based curricula while also expanding the capacity of equity-advancing STEM/STEAM programs like The Calculus Project and Girls Who Code, STEM Guitars, Black Girls Code. etc. The result of this assessment can both support the Superintendent and district leadership to design and implement a set of practices related to hiring, curriculum review, and teacher professional development that ensures MPS students receive a world class set of STEM/STEAM offerings. 

  • Clarify MPS’s STEM/STEAM goals for all stakeholders to foster both accountability and tangible progress metrics.