Now more than ever, we are at a pivotal point where we must rise up to change the status quo for our Black, Brown and Native students. They deserve this, they need this. We are educators committed to interrupting the existing educational inequities and focusing on dismantling the status quo. As we move into 2020-21, we strive to meet our promise of the graduate portrait for our Black, Brown, and Native students. As we rethink what it looks like to support student success, we made a few decisions that are reflective of our PPS Theory of Action focused on Black and Native students.
Curriculum Shifts for Middle School Social Studies
Per ODE expectations, we are rolling out 2018 standards across all middle school grades.
Grade 6: Western Hemisphere Studies
Grade 7: Eastern Hemisphere Studies
Grade 8: US History and Government Through Reconstruction
In order to accommodate for any overlap from students' 6th grade experiences, we'll be providing supplemental units from the current 6th grade curriculum for 7th grade teachers to utilize for the 2020-2021 school year only. These will be the units in Atlas titled "Empires" and "Colonization and Genocide." Because these are supplementary, the timing can be determined by the school. 7th grade teachers will also have the option - this year only - of dropping the Early Humans, City States and Civilizations since it was content previously housed in 6th grade.
In all grades, always find the most up-to-date version of all units in Atlas. We'll be migrating the supplemental units into the 7th Grade curriculum this week. Though our teams continue to provide additional resources and information, the standards, big ideas, essential questions are all in place and ready to support teachers who are looking to plan early.
PPS Board Goals: By the spring of 2022, Portland Public Schools 8th grade students will move from 44% meeting proficiency in both English Language Arts and Mathematics (2018-2019 baseline) to 51% meeting proficiency in both subjects as measured by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
6-8 PPS Curriculum
All core curriculum is housed in the Atlas Rubicon curriculum management system. You can find PPS priority & supporting standards, big ideas, and units in Atlas by visiting the link below:
PPS Instructional Resources (students access curriculum through Canvas):
- TCI- History Alive!
- 3-8 Common Lit
- Teen Book Cloud
- K-8 Raz Kids
- K-8 Lexia Power Up
6-12 Classroom eBook Set Titles
- K-8 Level Chinese
Tumble Book Library
- Time for Kids
- Classroom Libraries
Leveled Libraries in every classroom
Dual Language/World Language/Seal of Biliteracy
6-8 English Language Arts and Social Sciences
6-8 Integrated ELD in ELA