The Fayetteville-Manlius School District curriculum maps are a collaborative and dedicated effort of teachers and administrators. New York State Learning Standards are the foundation of the maps, which represent rigorous, high-quality K-12 curricula and ensure continuity and progression at each grade level.
District curriculum maps are summative and describe by content area what students will experience over the course of their schooling. They are broad guidelines of what will be covered in each course. The actual delivery of instruction by teachers varies to address student needs. Well-written curriculum exposes students to the same content and provides all students with equal access to high academic standards and expectations.
We appreciate the ongoing efforts of our instructional staff to complete the multi-year project of curriculum mapping. Because this is a multi-year project, there are some curriculum maps that are in development and not yet available. Publication of the district maps represents the district’s commitment to open communication with the community about excellence in curriculum and instruction at Fayetteville-Manlius.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Curriculum Maps?
Curriculum maps are an electronic document created by teachers of what they are teaching in a subject and/or grade. Each public map outlines:
- Course title and description
- Units of study
- Outline of course content
Note: Curriculum maps used by teachers are extensively more detailed and include skills, assessments and instructional resources and materials.
How are Curriculum Maps Developed?
Teachers and administrators spend approximately one year per course writing curricula based on state standards and effective instructional practices. There is extensive collaboration among all teachers while writing a curriculum map. Curriculum maps are continually upgraded to reflect course changes and enhancements.
How are the Maps Used?
- Maps provide teachers with an understanding of what has occurred prior to their grade or course and what will follow.
- Teachers can track the development of skills from one grade to another, as well as across different subjects, as they plan.
- Maps allow teachers in different grades and subjects to have meaningful conversations about their programs.
- Maps are key to efforts in eliminating redundancies and closing gaps in learning.
- Maps offer new teachers a clear understanding of what they are expected to teach and what their students are expected to learn.
Do Curriculum Maps mean that teachers are teaching the same lessons at the same time?
No. It is important to note that a curriculum map is not a daily lesson plan. Maps do not mean that teachers will be following a prescribed timetable for the presentation of material or that all teachers follow specific activities, assignments or assessments. Teachers have the professional latitude to use maps as a guide and tailor instruction to meet the individual needs of students in a particular class.