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Welcome to Teaching And Learning Services

The Teaching and Learning Department is dedicated to the Kalamazoo Public Schools' mission to nurture the dreams of all students and empower all students to contribute to a better world.


Cindy Green, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services

Philosophy of Teaching and Learning Services

Teaching and Learning Services helps improve student achievement by providing leadership and support to staff educating more than 13,000 students in the district. The department focuses on school improvement, curriculum, instruction, assessments, and professional development. Support is provided through monthly meetings, targeted sessions, individual coaching, and professional development. This includes developing curriculum with teachers, providing guidance documents, developing and initiating assessments, problem-solving, and assisting with data analysis, school improvement, and other services.

Contact Information

Teaching and Learning Services
KPS Administration Building
1220 Howard Street
Kalamazoo, MI  49008
Phone: (269) 337-1680
Fax:  (269) 337-1553

West Main Professional Development Center

West Main

West Main Professional Development Center

1627 W. Main St.

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Curriculum

KPS Classroom

Kalamazoo Public Schools offers a curriculum to provide challenge, rigor, richness, and to promote high academic achievement. The curriculum is based on performance standards aligned to the Michigan Department of Education grade-level and subject expectations, as well as best teaching practices.

At the elementary level, there is a new comprehensive math curriculum called Eurkea Math. Students connect to real world skills that build math confidence, learn to be fluent in mathematics, and learn to visualize math, and develop reasoning skills. The elementary schools will also launch a writing series, called “Being a Writer.” It connects academic and social-emotional learning through the writing process. The teacher starts with discussions and models examples for students, and students develop their own writing voices through an exchange of ideas. Both will be implemented in the 2017-18 and  2018-19 school years.

Our secondary level curriculum emphasizes mastery of core subjects to prepare students for post-secondary education and the changing work force of the future. There are exploratory courses at the middle-school and high-school levels in areas of specific interest. The district offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses to challenge students to help them earn college credit. Other options for students include Early Middle College with more than 30 career paths leading to a high school diploma, associate’s degrees, or certificates; Education for Employment (EFE); Education for the Arts (EFA); and online courses.

Assessments

Students in KPS take the NWEA-Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test for pre- and post- assessments to guide teachers in their instruction and monitor academic progress throughout the school year. This national assessment helps to support student growth and mastery for every student. Teachers are able to target instruction to meet the needs of students.

Students take the state assessment, M-STEP, at the designated grade levels for English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. PSAT is given to ninth and 10th graders. The SAT is given to 11th graders along with WorkKeys. MI-Access is used for students with disabilities at the designated grade levels.

In addition, the district provides benchmark assessments to monitor growth for elementary students to and district common growth assessments at the secondary level. This includes the core curricular areas as well as PE, art, and music. High school students in Advanced Placement courses take the end-of-year advanced placement tests.

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