Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction

Instructional Leadership Team

Diane Meredith
Curriculum Specialist
Designing effective curriculum for our students is best accomplished through teams of professionals engaged in collective inquiry and collaborative planning.
Because we believe that continuous improvement of existing skills and the acquisition of new skills are essential for success in a rapidly changing world, we are working together to meet the demands of the New York State Common Core Learning Standards.
We will continue to study, learn, and grow together to prepare our students for success in their colleges and careers. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best: "What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are insignificant compared to what lies within us."
Administrative Staff
Lori Asquith, Superintendent
Julie Bergman, MS-HS Principal
Thomas Durkot, Elementary Principal - Director of Professional Learning and Development

Instructional Staff
Kristen Rice, PK-4 ELA Curriculum Coordinator 
Melissa Karcher, PK-4 ELA Curriculum Coordinator
Rose Prescott, PK-4 Math Curriculum Coordinator
Kathryn Cooper, PK-4 Math Curriculum Coordinator
Denise Dirig, 5-12 ELA Curriculum Coordinator
Ann Mangefrida, 5-12 Math Curriculum Coordinator
Kelly DaBrescia, 5-12 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator
Tom O'Boyle, 5-12 Science Curriculum Coordinator
Kristy White, At-Large Special Education Committee Member

Instructional Leadership Team Mission
Improve student learning through rigorous study, focused collaboration, and implementation of:
  • Professional Development
  • Common Core Learning Standards
  • Evaluation Systems
  • Data Driven Instruction

Instructional Leadership Team Norms

  • Be child centered
  • Model caring and respect for others
  • Bring positive energy to the task
  • Assume professional responsibility and integrity
  • Work collaboratively
  • Be self reflective
  • Use the language of consensus
  • Be prepared
    • review materials
    • represent your colleagues
    • be informed
  • Be on time
  • Avoid side conversations

Helpful Resources
The following are great resources for anyone interested in knowing more about the curriculum, instruction, and standards that are current and in the process of being implemented.

HCSD Course Selection Guidebook

CollegeNow Online 

HCSD Elementary Academic Program

HCSD Unit Plan Guidance Document

New York State Education Department

NYSED Office of Curriculum and Instruction

NYSED P-12 Common Core Learning Standards

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Engage NY

Response to Intervention

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