TC District's 'Getting Results with Curriculum Mapping' workshop

Dr. Leonora Farrah, noted education specialist, works with TC District staff

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Dr. Leonora Farrah (top far right), noted national education specialist, was at Tuba City District to work with staff members regarding AIMS test results and to examine strategies that will be used the 2005-06 year in all seven TC District schoolÕs curriculum planning.

Rosanda Suetopka Thayer/TC District Media Dr. Leonora Farrah (top far right), noted national education specialist, was at Tuba City District to work with staff members regarding AIMS test results and to examine strategies that will be used the 2005-06 year in all seven TC District schoolÕs curriculum planning.

TUBA CITY -- Dr. Leonora Farrah recently collaborated with Tuba City Unified School District during a three-day workshop that examined AIMS test results and determined instruction and district-wide curriculum strategies for the 2005-06 year.

TC District is aggressively going after higher scores by gaining competence in the use of new internet accessed library research database materials purchased for students at each of the TC District schools.

The purpose of Dr. Farrah's in-service was to align the daily lesson planning and instruction with each school's Arizona School Improvement Plan, implement recent changes in the Tuba City Governing Board's Goals and Objectives and raise student academic achievement.

In partnership, teachers, principals and student families plan to lead the way toward raising the bar to attain the highest quality of education for all of the students. The end result is to support each student to exceed the Arizona State Standards in every subject area.

The workshop is only one important step toward achieving the TC District mission.

Dr. Farrah suggested in the final workshop day, that Tuba City District teachers must share information as often and as in-depth as possible with other teachers from each of the seven TC schools to find out what links them together, what is the common teaching thread.

She said this could be as simple as sharing what they are doing in the classroom over lunch at some local dining place, or having a group brown bag lunch with one teacher giving a presentation on what materials they are covering with their students during the noon hour.

Another key to success is understanding the time elements and constraints that every district has and trying to work within those constraints as part of the overall teaching package.

Additionally, Dr. Farrah advocates the use of technology for all classroom and curriculum planning.

"There is a colorful, beautiful 'tribal yarn' here that will make a very strong, unbreakable education rope for your students Learning to work together to utilize all of your creative resources available is critical, " said Dr. Farrah.

For more information about Dr. Farrah and her workshop presentation, call Tuba City District Office of Public Relations at 928-283-1072.

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