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Mathematics TERC Investigations
Reading Scott Foresman Reading Street
Science Foss Science
What is the Common Core?
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What is AWC?
Advanced Work Class (AWC) is a full-time program in the Boston Public Schools that provides an accelerated academic curriculum for students in grades 4, 5 and 6. The Winthrop School offers a combined 4th/5th grade AWC class. Students are expected to complete more school work and more home study. Student participation is by invitation only and is based solely on the student’s scores on an eligibility test. BPS administers the TerraNova, third edition, to determine eligibility for the AWC program and the SUPERA test to determine eligibility for the Spanish AWC program.
What is AVID?
Advancement Via Individual Determination
Teaching & Learning
BPS has adopted Scott Foresman's "Reading Street" series for K2-5th grade and the Open the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum for our K1 students. Teachers at the Winthrop utilize a Readers Workshop structure with this tool which focuses on giving students comprehension strategies for understanding literature. It aims to produce independent readers who can comprehend and appreciate a variety of genres. The framework consists of a mini-lesson, guided reading, independent reading, and group sharing. Writers Workshop is designed to teach students to write independently in a variety of genres. Units of study vary by grade level, according to the needs of students, but generally include poetry, fiction, personal narrative/memoir, nonfiction, and informational writing (directions, recipes, letters, etc.). The framework consists of a mini-lesson, independent writing, conferring, and group sharing.
In K1, we use the Building Blocks curriculum and in K2-5th grade we use TERC “Investigations” mathematics.
Both curricula offer a conceptual way to learn and think mathematically. TERC "Investigations" mathematics is a K-5 curriculum that supports all students as they learn to think mathematically. Investigations engage students in mathematical content as they develop number sense, learn to visualize and describe geometric relationships, and collect and analyze data. Students work together, use a variety of concrete materials and appropriate technology, and express their mathematical thinking through talking, drawing, and writing.
The science curriculum uses "Foss kits" which allow students to engage in hands on activities while utilizing math and literacy skills. Students make use of our expansive schoolyard and participate in environment-friendly field trips to expand their learning. A science specialist is on staff and is supported through collaboration with classroom teachers.
Social studies is taught by classroom teachers who develop relevant lessons on local and world history topics in accordance with the social standards for their grade level.
Students are introduced to choral music, instrumental music, and visual arts while at the Winthrop School.
Students are instructed in a skill-based physical fitness and activity program, which includes health and nutrition.
The Winthrop School is in the process of evaluating social competency curricula in order to implement a cohesive K1-grade 5 approach to teaching students skills in conflict resolution.
We have two resource room teachers on staff who provide both push-in and pull-out supports to students, dependent on students' needs. We are committed to providing students the least restrictive learning experience possible.
English Language Learning:
A large percentage of our student body are English Language Learners, and we have a full-time ELL teacher on staff to support their learning. Additionally, many of our teachers have earned and additional MA certification in this field, demonstrating their commitment to supporting all students in their classrooms.
Boston Public Schools, Acceleration Agenda
Superintendent, Dr. Carol Johnson has carefully constructed an Acceleration Agenda to support the academic growth and accelerated progress of all of our district's students. The Acceleration Agenda includes nine academic targets through 2014. Those of particular immediate importance to the Winthrop School are indicated in bold.
- Reading by the end of Grade 1
- Reading to learn in Grade 3
- Skillful, analytical writing in Grades 4-12
- Algebra 1 in Grade 8
- English Language Learners acquire academic language mastery and fluency
- Significant academic growth for students with disabilities
- "On-track" to graduate by the end of Grade 10
- High school graduation
- College-ready and success-bound