Teaching and Learning
Welcome to the Office of Teaching and Learning for Norton Public Schools! Our District mission focuses on our commitment to provide all students with a quality education, one which fosters personal development and intellectual growth and prepares each to contribute and succeed as a productive and responsible global citizen in the 21st century. Norton is proud to offer our students a rigorous and engaging curriculum that is aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
The Office of Teaching and Learning leads the district in all areas of curriculum and instruction. This includes the coordination of K-12 Curriculum, Professional Development opportunities for staff, State and Federal Grant Management, and the administration of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). The Office also monitors the implementation of both federal and state laws and regulations concerning Home-Schooled Students, Civil Rights, English Language Learners, and Title I Education. We believe in the importance of teaching the whole child, increasing student achievement by focusing on essential skills and core concepts and by assisting our educators and school leaders with the necessary tools to heighten their practice.
We welcome you to contact us with any questions that you may have.
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
64 West Main St.
Norton, MA 02766
(508) 285-0100 x8
Spring 2018 MCAS Tests for Elementary and Middle Schools
Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 5 and 8 STE
Testing windows provided by the Department of Education are below. Specific testing dates for each grade level will be posted and communicated to families.
- ELA test sessions April 2–May 4
- Mathematics test sessions April 3–May 25
- STE test sessions April 4–May 25
Spring 2018 Statewide Testing Schedule
MCAS High School Tests
- Grade 10 MCAS ELA Test March 27-29
- Grade 10 MCAS Mathematics Test May 23-24
- Grade 9/10 Biology Tests June 6-7
Norton has teamed up with The Education Cooperative (TEC) to offer three web-based, self-paced courses available for you to access at your convenience. Each course offers 15 PDPs for which a certificate will be generated for those participants who score 80% or better on the course assessments. There will be a required project for you to complete and maintain, along with the certificate, to use as proof that you satisfied the course requirements. Completion of these courses will satisfy the recertification requirements of 15 hours of ELL and 15 hours of SPED-related professional development.
- Connecting Behavioral Health and Social Emotional Learning to Success in School - A safe and supportive learning environment is essential to ensuring a student’s academic success. Behavioral health and emotional well-being can have a profound impact on students’ motivation, engagement, and ability to learn in academic settings. Integrating social and emotional learning (SEL) into curriculum and instruction can help teachers learn how to foster caring, and participatory learning environments that will allow students to feel safe, supported and motivated to learn. In addition, social and emotional competencies are protective factors against both interpersonal aggression and violence such as bullying and self-directed violence and suicidal behavior. This course contains four sessions that address specific areas of social and emotional learning that all Massachusetts schools are required to address. The sessions are designed to help teachers support all students in the classroom. Click here for the syllabus or for information about obtaining graduate credit for this course.
- Engaging All Students with Differentiated Instruction - Participants in this course will explore many strategies and tools that will help them to plan lessons so that all students are appropriately challenged and supported. Participants will also explore technology tools that will facilitate instruction of students with diverse learning needs and strategies to differentiate assessment. Click here for more information.
- Strategies to Enhance Instruction for English Language Learners in the Classroom - In this course, participants will review and explore teaching strategies to support English language learners. Participants will also explore technology resources that can support English language learners within the classroom. Click here for more information.
Availability: Now through June 30, 2017.
Cost: Free to you; sponsored by Norton as part of a collaborative project with TEC and TEC-member districts.
Registration: Use the TEC Online Learning link that will take you to a registration page. You will be asked to provide some demographic information and electronically sign an agreement that states that you certify that any work done in the course is your own, and that you understand that the courses represent intellectual property owned by TEC. Once you submit the registration form, account information will be emailed to you that will enable you to access the course in which you are interested.Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can I start a course and go back to it at any time? Yes!
- Can I work on multiple courses at the same time? Yes!
- Do I need to turn in any documentation to my principal or central office? No, this is each staff member's responsibility to maintain his/her own recertification records.
- What if I don't "pass" (80%) the first time, can I take the course again? Yes! Just register for the course as you did the first time.