In the Tomah Area School District, curriculum, instruction, and learning are critical components of our district educational plan. We are committed to having highly qualified staff, current curricula, cutting-edge technology, on-going professional development and research-based programs - all of which provide an excellent academic environment for students and staff.
Our K-12 curricula in all of the core subject areas are updated and aligned with the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards. We have also completed curriculum updates for K-12 related arts, foreign languages, business and technology, music, personal financial literacy and other electives. We are proud to offer six Advanced Placement courses at our high school - AP Economics, AP English Literature, AP English Language, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, and AP Calculus. New textbooks and resource materials are provided as curriculum writing is completed.
One of our most recent initiatives has been the change in grades K-5 to standards-based report cards. The change comes from the belief that traditional report cards do not fully communicate what students are expected to know and be able to do. These Standards-Based report cards help parents better understand their child's achievement of essential skills.
Our District was awarded School-wide Title I status from DPI in 6 of our elementary schools. This process included comprehensive needs assessment, staff development, and school improvement plans which are reviewed and revised annually.
Our staff development and mentor programs are driven by the PI34 law. We provide a mentor for every new teacher in our district as well as new teacher induction. We also provide on-going teacher licensure training and services. Our staff development is targeted toward school and district improvement. Our staff receives training in Ruby Payne’s Framework for Understanding Poverty, diversity, Freshman Academy, co-teaching, Math Expressions, Professional Learning Communities, Project Lead the Way, and Response to Intervention throughout the year.
Our District provides curricula, resources and training for differentiated instruction in our efforts to meet the needs of at-risk, gifted and talented, English Language Learners, Title I and special needs students. These students are also ensured access to and capacity for our regular curricula.
Our curricula are living documents which are reviewed and updated on a regular basis – I contend that they are not sitting on shelves collecting dust. Teachers are proud of the curricula they have written and implemented.
Director of Instruction