Teaching and Learning

Educate. Inspire. Empower.

  • Teaching and learning are the primary responsibilities of our schools. The curriculum for the School District of Clayton embodies the knowledge, understanding, skills and processes that students must learn in order to be educated and transition successfully into life beyond Clayton schools. 

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Principles of Teaching and Learning

  • Equity and Access

    • The primary responsibility of our schools is teaching and learning.
    • Our schools promote equitable access to educational opportunities.
    • Our curriculum ensures common learning experiences for students while encouraging teachers to exercise their professional knowledge and skills in a thoughtful and creative manner.

    Growth and Development of the Whole Child

    • Our schools address the diverse needs of students in Clayton. 
    • Decisions are based on the best interests of students, balancing individual and group needs.
    • Our curriculum encompasses a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade perspective.

    Rigor and Relevance

    • We provide a solid academic foundation, a broad choice of programs, and maintain high standards for all learners.
    • We strive to develop thoughtful citizens who contribute responsibly to their global community.
    • Our curriculum reflects best practices in the field, current research and study, and national and state standards.
    • Our curriculum allows for piloting strategies and materials with careful evaluation of the results.
    • Our curriculum demonstrates vibrancy and continual refinement to improve student learning.
    • Our curriculum interprets the overarching teaching-learning themes in content, processes, and attitudes/habits of mind.

    Purposeful Assessment

    • We provide a solid academic foundation, a broad choice of programs, and maintain high standards for all learners.
    • Our curriculum provides ongoing monitoring, assessment, refinement and change.
    • Effective assessment informs our decisions.

    Collective Responsibility

    • The primary responsibility of our schools is teaching and learning.
    • Every member of the school community is both a learner and a teacher.
    • We encourage effective partnership with parents and the broader community.
    • Learners accept responsibility for their learning and feel confident in their ability to create a positive future for themselves.
    • We strive to develop thoughtful citizens who contribute responsibly to their global community. 
    • We actively engage teachers, administrators, and parents in study and decision-making relative to the development process.
    • We seek input from a wide range of stakeholders including the students who are the district beneficiaries of the curriculum work.

    Diversity

    • The individuality of every learner is recognized and welcomed.
    • We are committed to diversity in our school population because it enriches our lives, mirrors our world, and reflects our future.
    • Our curriculum strives for meaningful engagement of students with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.

    Engagement & Collaboration

    • The school culture nurtures both the joy of learning and the satisfaction of achievement.
    • Our shared vision of education empowers us to explore, experiment, and grow.
    • We value all members of our learning organization and demonstrate honesty, respect, and trust in all our relationships.
    • Our curriculum promotes connections among disciplines.
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