Office of Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction

Standards Based Planning

Curriculum and Planning

Lesson Design

High Quality Instruction

Teacher Newsletters
Reading, writing, and student discourse

Higher order thinking questioning

Checking for understanding within a lesson

Differentiation within lessons

Data Analysis

Creating aligned assessments

Analyzing assessment results

Differentialation of Instruction

Strategic grouping

Scaffolding skills and concepts

Welcome to the New Bedford Curriculum Resources website! The site is structured around the New Bedford Instructional Framework (NBIF). The NBIF is meant to be a resource for teachers and instructional leaders in the district, and it is composed of two pieces. The first piece of the NBIF is an outline of the components of rigorous instruction, including:

These main components of rigorous instruction are not simply a new set of standards for principals to use when evaluate teachers. They are not a checklist of requirements that teachers must include in every lesson. They are not a substitute for the Educator Evaluation Rubric.

Rather, the NBIF seeks to provide a common understanding of rigorous instruction to all teachers and instructional leaders in the district so that they can engage in more substantive, growth-producing conversations about instructional practice. The NBIF breaks down rigorous instruction into a set of finite skills on which teachers can focus to develop their practice, with support from their principals and the Office of Instruction. Moreover, the NBIF is aligned with the Educator Evaluation Rubric and the district's Accelerated Improvement Plan, so it is not "another thing on our plate." In fact, it is actually a narrower view of both the Educator Evaluation Rubric and the AIP to promote greater focus in the district.

The second piece of the NBIF is the resource bank presented on this site. Organized and developed by the Office of Instruction with contributions from principals and teachers, this resource bank seeks to support all teachers and instructional leaders in the district as they strive to improve student outcomes in New Bedford Public Schools.

To get started, please click on the four components of the NBIF below to access the corresponding resources. If you are a parent or family member of a New Bedford student, please click on "Resources for Families" to access resources on how best to support your student.

Forms and Documents

Field Trip Request Form
Home School Application
Math Online Resources for K-8
Office of Instruction Members

Jason DeFalco, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer
Lisa Silvia, Administrative Assistant 

Kimberli Bettencourt, Executive Director of Special Education & Student Services
Lisa Dion, Ed.D., Curriculum, Data & Assessment Manager
Heather Emsley, Executive Director of Human Capital Services
Jennifer Ferland, Director of Supplemental Services
Tammy Greene, Ed.D., Director of Math/STEM
Jessica Hedges, Ed.D., Director of Literacy & HumanitiesShanell Lavery, Equity & Diversity Recruitment Specialist
Shanell Lavery, Equity & Diversity Recruitment Specialist
Andrew O'Leary, Business Manager
Lynn Souza, Director of Fine Arts
Thomas Tarpey, Director of PE/Health
Jariel Vergne, Wrap Around Manager
Sonia Walmsley, Executive Director of Educational Access & Pathways

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