FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- For the past few weeks teacher from various FWCS schools have gotten together to upgrade new math and language arts curriculum for the upcoming school year.
"We started at ground zero and looked at what the state wants us to do. we then went and made the unit plans. unit plans we broke down into how many lessons are we going to have," said Miami Middle School 8th grade teacher Sean MacDowell.
For math, the focus is on children grades 6-12 who are taking Algebra, Algebra II and Geometry. Macdowell says he's excited about implementing the changes in his algebra classroom. Algebra class will be longer and split to two parts.
"The other half we're calling math labs where the kids will go in do some more practice of what we were talking about in the first half of class."
The goal is to increase student achievement in both subjects. Bloomingdale Elementary 3rd Grade English Teacher Lisa Hamblin says it's great that the curriculum will be used district-wide and that teachers elementary, middle and high school are involved in creating the curriculum.
"if a student moves from one school to another school they're going to get relatively the same lessons in the same order."
The curriculum writing is a part of the federally funded PEER Grant, which pays for the process. The new curriculum will start immediately.
"We will be finishing up today, and we'll get feed back the next couple months," said Hamblin.
Next year, the teachers will write English and math curriculum for the rest of the grades and also, science and social studies.
"I'm just excited to see how this program is going to work. we put a lot of hours in," said MacDowell.