CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
At Grand Island Public Schools, every student has access to a high-quality, engaging education. Staff and students are empowered through high expectations for learning with standards-based units to encourage exploration and inquiry.
GIPS defines curriculum as the knowledge and skills students are expected to learn as defined by the Nebraska Content Area Standards and the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards. High-quality instructional materials support teaching and learning of the curriculum by providing sequential instructional units, resources, vocabulary, texts and assessments. The curriculum is informed by the Nebraska Standards, teachers, students, parents and community partnerships. Student tasks, as well as local and state assessments, will be used to evaluate student learning and inform instructional decisions.
We believe we must empower teachers and principals to be instructional leaders. The curriculum is developed and revised through a systematic approach involving task force; monthly curriculum, instructional, and assessment meetings (CIAs); and analysis of local and state assessments. Teachers and principals receive job-embedded professional learning through professional learning communities (PLCs) and instructional coaching. Curriculum coordinators regularly attend state and national conferences to remain current in best practices, current legislation, and state and federal guidelines. The curriculum is designed using a holistic approach to incorporate student-centered learning, cultural diversity, social and emotional learning, as well as personalized learning to meet student needs.
Students will learn through a variety of educational experiences designed to encourage high levels of thinking and meet grade-level academic standards. All students will read and analyze grade-level text; write to learn and demonstrate learning; work in student-centered teams; solve problems; acquire and apply knowledge; and demonstrate mastery through performance and evidence. Student tasks, as well as local and state assessments, will be used to evaluate student learning and inform instructional decisions. Through the GIPS curriculum, students will thrive in an ever-changing world, ready to be productive members of society.