Curriculum and Instruction

Complete Instructional Program Profile

At BRICK, teachers are the key to unlocking the potential of every student.  BRICK teachers work hard to know their students’ needs, plan engaging lessons and make strategic decisions about every moment of every day.  BRICK’s globally minded curriculum gives students access to knowledge and skills essential for success in the 21st century and our unique response to intervention strategy provides students with the proper level of support to achieve success.  BRICK strives to foster an academic learning environment where both teachers and students feel challenged, supported and valued.

5 Instructional Bricks

BRICK has established five essential components of its instructional program.

Long Term, Unit and Lesson Planning

BRICK teachers are expected to design year-long unit plans that serve as a roadmap for the year.  Teachers develop or adapt standards-based unit plans with aligned objectives.  At this stage, teachers also make decisions about formative and summative assessments that will be used to assess mastery.  While we also make use of nationally normed assessments, we want our teachers to develop their own mechanisms for measuring student mastery – both formative and summative – so we can track students’ academic growth throughout the year.

Common Planning Time

Common planning time is an organizational structure that fosters teacher development, student learning, and meaningful relationships.   BRICK commits to providing all K-5 teachers with a minimum of one 90-minute professional development block and one 90-minute planning block per week to be used as Grade Level Team collaborative planning time.  In grades 6-8, BRICK commits to providing Department Teams with one 90-minute block per week to be used as Department Team collaborative planning time and one 90-minute grade level team meeting.  In addition to horizontal collaboration, BRICK schedules the K-5 and 6-8 vertical team meeting every other week to meet and discuss vertical planning and articulation.

Common Assessments & Data Informed Instruction

BRICK believes the best way to measure student mastery is administer various assessments throughout the year.  BRICK utilizes the following assessments to gauge student mastery of grade level material:

  • Diagnostics
  • Interim assessments
  • Final exams
  • Summative unit assessments
  • Formative assessments
  • Performance assessments
  • State Assessments

Technology Integration

Technology can be a very powerful tool if used effectively to increase student achievement. BRICK looks at technology though two lenses: Adaptive and Transformational.  Adaptive technology allows BRICK teachers to differentiate instruction at unprecedented levels that allow children to learn at their own pace. Each classroom has a computer center that allows students the ability to access adaptive software programs.  BRICK teachers use of Study Island, Lexia, Read 180 and DreamBox Learning to engage students in individualized learning experiences through engaging online content.  Transformational technology increases student engagement and provides multiple avenues to expose children to higher-order thinking skills.  For example, teachers can use Safari Montage (video on-demand) in their hook to show a clip at the beginning of their lesson on the classroom Smartboard or students can use Google docs to collaboratively compose and edit a paper during the writing process.