Wedgwood is committed to:
- Building an inclusive school community that supports all students, families and staff.
- Empowering all students by fostering their curiosity, independence, and self-motivation across disciplines.
- Addressing all students' social and emotional needs
by teaching the values of citizenship and providing school-wide positive
- Serving all students' academic needs by maintaining high expectations and differentiating instruction.
Plans to Achieve Mission
Wedgwood will reach our goals listed above by doing the following:
Curriculum Delivery Plan
A detailed explanation of Wedgwood's Curriculum Delivery Plan can be downloaded here
How Do We Teach Literacy at Wedgwood?
Wedgwood uses the Teachers College's Reading and
Writing Project Framework as our core reading curriculum. This in-class
workshop model is supplemented with best practices for foundational
reading skills (including phonics, fluency, and word work).
Seattle Public Schools began a partnership with Teachers
College, Columbia University five years ago. Teachers College (TC) had
developed a framework for teaching reading and writing (using a workshop
model) that was piloted in a few New York City Public Schools with much
success and expanded over time. The Reading and Writing Project began
in earnest about 30 years ago with the focus almost exclusively on
writing and for the last 20 years equally on both reading and writing.
As TC’s research grew and their involvement in New York
Public Schools expanded, test scores among all student populations
rose. Over the last 10 years or so, school districts throughout the
country began adopting their framework for literacy. Seattle is now an
“Affiliate District” which means we receive support directly from TC in
the form of teacher training.
Please click on The Reading and Writing Project link here to learn more.
How Do We Teach Math?
Wedgwood is transitioning to using the District adopted Math curriculum, Math in Focus
For 2014-15, we are balancing the implementation of this curriculum
with maintaining best practice to ensure all our students are learning
at high levels and finding success. We will use assessments developed to
determine students' skill levels and to guide teaching.
Teachers evaluate student assessment data together to plan lessons to
reach every child. Our instructional assistants and tutors focus on
specific groups of students that need extra support.
Wedgwood offers all students the opportunity to engage
in a rigorous curriculum with highly qualified teachers trained in
differentiation strategies to accommodate all learners. For students
Wedgwood supports one of the two Spectrum Programs in the Northeast
Region of Seattle Public Schools. Spectrum accelerates curriculum in
math (students in our Spectrum Walk-to-Math class work one year ahead)
and reading. All Spectrum students are cluster grouped (integrated) into
grade level classes (accept during the Spectrum Walk-to-Math class).
For more information on Advanced Learning Programs in Seattle Public Schools, please visit the Advanced Learning Office web site
On‐going Evaluation of Student Data
Wedgwood will continue to evaluate data to determine next
steps for teaching and learning. We will use the following assessments
to generate feedback about student growth:
- Smarter Balance Assessment (SBCC):
The Smarter Balance Assessment is a standardized State assessment
replacing the Measurements of Students Progress (MSP) for grade 3-5
starting in the 2014-15 school year. Smarter Balance will assess
reading, writing, and math. In addition to the Smarter Balance
assessments, 5th grade students will continue to take the Science MSP.
- Measures of Academic Progress (MAP):
We use MAP in the fall and winter to guide teaching and identify
students who may need additional support as well as those who need to be
- Teachers College Reading Assessment (TC):
The TC reading assessment is administered by classroom teachers to
individual students in the fall and spring. Select students are also
assessed in the winter to monitor progress.
- Direct Reading Assessment (DRA):
The DRA reading assessment is administered to 2nd grade students in the
fall and spring by classroom teachers. Select students are also assessed
in the winter to monitor progress.
- Common Formative Assessment: Grade
levels use a variety of common formative assessments to monitor student
progress throughout a lesson, unit, and year. These can include
Curriculum Based assessments, Classroom Based assessment, Exit Tickets,
With constant teacher input about student academic,
social and emotional growth as well as a school‐wide focus on the above
criteria, Wedgwood aims to meet the needs of every learner we serve.