Curriculum and content questions can be directed to:
Dr. Barbara Pagan, Director of Education
412-824-8012 ext. 4125
The goal of the East Allegheny School District’s robust and rigorous elementary curriculum is to foster strong foundational skills in early literacy, critical reading, academic writing, and problem solving. Through the process of data analysis and differentiated instruction, our highly qualified teachers are able to understand each of our students individually, allowing us to maximize the potential of each of our young learners.
The K-6 curriculum is aimed at developing a growth mindset and cultivating persistence, perseverance, resilience and curiosity. Students in the primary grades learn to read, express their thoughts in writing, acquire deep mathematical thinking skills, and utilize technology across the curriculum. Special classes add lessons in art, music, physical education, and library. In the intermediate grades, instruction turns to expanding and applying their comprehension, linguistic and mathematical skills to different settings.
At every level, classrooms are organized to meet varying instructional needs, and our students engage in lessons appropriate for their readiness.
All instruction aims to prepare and motivate our students for a rapidly changing world by instilling in them a solid academic foundation, critical thinking skills, and a respect for East Allegheny’s core values of respect, responsibility, and integrity.
ECRI and Heggerty
Based on literacy principles, ECRI and Heggerty provide research-based materials and strategies essential to a comprehensive reading, spelling, and handwriting program. ERCI makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for lifelong literacy.
Journeys is a comprehensive K-6 English language arts program. It provides an instructional system for reading both literature and informational texts, for acquiring foundational skills, and for developing mastery of speaking, listening and writing.
My Math McGraw-Hill
McGraw-Hill My Math inspires students to embrace the power of math through real-world applications, experiencing just how fun math success can be. The program interweaves the three components of rigor—conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application—enabling your students to steadily progress and grow their math confidence.
My Math connects math to the real world in ways that build student confidence—helping students achieve true understanding lesson by lesson and year after year. It is written to present mathematics in a logical progression. This coherent approach allows teachers to know what incoming students already have learned and ensures that students are prepared for what comes next. My Math is shown to dramatically reduce gaps in student learning, instill persistence in problem-solving, and prepare students to understand advanced math.
Curriculum Review Process
The East Allegheny School District utilizes the Curriculum Review Process as a systematic means for conducting an internal and external analysis of research, curriculum, and programs to make a series of recommendations for program development with specific attention to coordination and articulation to improve student learning. The purpose of the Curriculum Review Process is to ensure a continuous cycle of learning, development, and implementation.
The Phases of that process are:
Research & Program Analysis
Curriculum Development and Resource Selection
Evaluation and Reflection
The short-term goal of the Curriculum Review Process is to utilize findings from the Research/Study Phase to develop recommendations and create a written Report and presentation for the Superintendent and School Board. The long-term goal of this process is the development or refinement of a standards-based curriculum for every course with a sequenced unit-based curriculum that includes the unit, essential concepts, key learner objectives, content/resources, and common assessments. With the benefit of meaningful professional development, the implementation of this curriculum will result in learning and achievement for all students.