Curriculum and Instruction


I feel very fortunate to be working with the teachers, students, staff and administrators of the Oneida City School District. I spent 15 years in the classroom, studying and researching best practice and digging deep into what engaging instruction across PreK-12 classrooms looks like.  I believe to be an educator is to be fortunate, as children bring so much to the classroom each day. 

Students enter school with joys and concerns, passions and hobbies, understanding and questions. Students are instinctively curious about their environment and it is our role to help them seek out and build on that curiosity in ways that are joyful, engaging and systematic. 

Curriculum is the blueprint to student learning. It vocalizes the standards and assessments we aim for students to achieve at the end of their tenure with us.  At Oneida, teachers in grades PreK through 5 have worked tirelessly to understand and implement new ELA programs throughout the 2017-2018 school year. Our youngest students are learning concepts about print, print awareness and listening comprehension utilizing the Happily Ever After curriculum. Moving into Kindergarten and stretching through 2nd grade, our students learn phonics, phonemic awareness, and phonetically controlled vocabulary through a multimodal approach utilizing the Superkids program. By 2nd grade, students are reading authentic literature in chapter books, with the knowledge that all students in grades K-2 have practiced the foundational skills necessary for lifelong reading success. In grades 3-5, learners are working on reading and writing skills through literature and informational texts and foundational skills utilizing theJourneys comprehensive K-6 English Language Arts Program. 

This year will teachers will work to prioritize the Next Generation Learning Standards. This work will help define what's most important for teachers PreK-12 to hone in on. The work that follows will focus on designing engaging and systematic curriculum to meet those priorities. We will also be utilizing walkthrough tools to study instructional strategies that deepen student engagement.

Our elementary teachers are also working to integrate the workshop model into their mathematical instructional time. The workshop model is an approach to learning which includes a short "mini" lesson, a large chunk of time for students to work and teachers to engage them in individual and small group opportunities, and then close with a purposeful share time. Elementary teachers will also be rolling out new science and social studies units that are aligned with the Next Generation Learning standards. These units are based in the inquiry model and will prove to be highly engaging for students and teachers alike! These units will also pave the way for more authentic, content-focused writing. 

Oneida CSD is a productive, positive learning and working environment, and I am thrilled to be a part of it!

Jessica Poyer
Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
(315) 363-2550
(315) 363-6728

Jessica Poyer

Lisa Panzone
Administrative Assistant 
(315) 363-2550 ext. 2014

Lisa Panzone


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