Academics in the Redwood City School District
Department of Curriculum and Instruction oversees the academic
strategies for the Redwood City School District. Director of Curriculum
and Instruction, K-5, Dr. Linda Montes
, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction, 6-8, Wendy Kelly
, work with every school in the district to ensure that each student is prepared for success in high school and beyond.
Common Core State Standards
Redwood City School District is currently transitioning to teaching the
Common Core State Standards, adopted by the State of California in
and teachers have received training in strategic use of data to improve
instruction, collaboration through professional learning communities,
technology in the classroom, equity, and implementation of the new
Common Core State Standards to prepare for the Common Core.
Redwood City School District has invested in the professional
development of its staff. Principals and teachers have received
training in strategic use of data to improve instruction, collaboration
through professional learning communities, technology in the classroom,
equity, and implementation of the new Common Core State Standards.
Using a train-the-trainer model, the District is calling on the rich
and varied expertise of its own staff. During a recent training
session, teachers learned specifics about the Common Core Standards for
their grade level. A standard defines what students should know and
skills they should master at each grade level. For example, under the
Common Core Standards students in Grade Four should be able to determine
the theme of a story, play or poem from details in the text and
summarize the text, and students should be able to compare and contrast
the point of view from which different stories are told, including the
difference between first- and third-person accounts. Teachers at each
grade level also learned specific strategies to help students master the
new standards, and learned about technology tools that can be used by
teachers for planning and student learning.
City practices data driven instruction. We are currently using data to
analyze trends, identify areas for improvement, and make adjustments in
our instructional strategies. RCSD uses benchmark testing, parent and
student surveys and research data from Stanford University to assess
student learning, identify issues affecting learning, and discover
community priorities for education. The district relies on this wide
range of data to tailor instruction to individual students, and meet the
needs of the community.
View a list of curriculum used by the Redwood City School District