Welcome to the Washoe County School District Curriculum and Instruction Site.

Responsibilities

Department responsibilities include supporting instructional activities that build teachers’ extensive understanding of the content being taught and providing productive, engaging learning experiences and environments. C&I staff maintain a thorough knowledge of students cognitive, social, and psychological developmental processes as well as current research based practices in order to offer meaningful support for curriculum and instruction in Washoe County School District.

Functions

Curriculum is that which is written as part of formal instruction of the schooling experience. It may refer to a curriculum document, texts, and supportive materials that are overtly chosen to support the intentional instructional agenda of a school. Successful curriculum models are coherent at each grade level as well as vertically aligned, and they provide meaningful learning for students in ALL content areas, including science, social studies, fine and performing arts, etc.


The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) Department, housed at the Bullis Regional Center for Teaching and Learning (RCTL), provides district leadership for a unified approach to the development and implementation of rigorous, relevant curriculum, programs, assessments, and instructional resources that prepare all students to learn to their highest potential.

The Department is responsible for supporting instructional activities that build teachers’ extensive understanding of the content being taught, thorough knowledge of students’ cognitive, social, and psychological developmental processes, and also proficiency in providing productive, engaging learning experiences and environments.

Major functions include curriculum and instructional support to schools and leadership in curriculum planning and development for teachers, parents, and students. The Department supports principals and other school-based and central services staff by providing relevant information and resources to assist in curriculum development and implementation.

The department includes Program Coordinators for the core curriculum areas as well as fine arts. In addition, the department coordinates curriculum with Special Education, GATE, and ESL departments. The department supports subject specific grant writing in conjunction with the grants department to support curriculum and instruction in the schools. Grant writing for fine arts grants to support curriculum and instruction in schools.

The Curriculum and Instruction Department coordinates WCSD arts events including: music festivals, honor groups, arts festivals, and community arts partnerships and acts as a liaison with community fine arts groups and businesses to develop partnerships. In addition, the Department supervises and evaluates music teachers.