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Instructional Framework

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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in Metro Nashville Public Schools is a team of individuals committed to supporting a quality education for every student in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Our team is passionately committed to each other, our community, and our work. We are guided by our department's mission and vision striving to realize them through our shared beliefs and core values. Together, we work to provide quality curricular and instructional support on behalf of every student, every day.

Our instructional philosophy is anchored in the MNPS Instructional Framework, which defines a blueprint for quality instruction in every classroom. The strength of our framework is in the guiding principles and their interdependence.

Ambitious Pedagogy

In order for instruction to be ambitious, it must engage student in high levels of thinking while allowing students to build knowledge together. Ambitious pedagogy is "teaching and learning that moves beyond the straightforward communication or transfer of facts and skills to instruction that has teachers and students engaged in deep learning by making meaning of rich academic content. Co-engaging in authentic, practical, and intellectual puzzles and creating new knowledge and capabilities in themselves and in others" (Moje, 2017).

Equitable Pedagogy

Equitable pedagogy means instruction provides access for all students to engage in high levels of thinking.  Instruction must be responsive to students' experiences, cultures, background knowledge and provide educational experiences with these in mind.  

SEL Integrative Pedagogy

Development of critical social and emotional development skills should be done explicitly through academic instruction.  These skills are defined by the 5 Core Competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making, relationship skills.

Professional Development

The Fall 2019 MNPS Professional Development Catalog is now available! Please find professional learning opportunities that meet your needs and register through Performance Matters.

Professional Development Catalog

Comprehensive Literacy Plan

MNPS has created a literacy plan to support achievement toward the goal of increasing literacy achievement for all of our students. Included in the literacy plan is the definition of advanced literacy, its 7 hallmarks, and portraits of advanced literacy to provide educators a sense of how it looks across different classroom contexts.

Comprehensive Literacy Plan

A Focus On Disciplinary Literacy

To accompany the MNPS Literacy Plan, there is a disciplinary literacy document to show how different content teachers can support literacy across our district. Included is how literacy is defined in multiple content areas and key strategies to support literacy development.

A Focus on Disciplinary Literacy

Stay Healthy Precautions

We have been working closely with Metro Public Health Department, which follows guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Center (CDC) and the State Health Department to monitor the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).

We can use the coronavirus and the flu virus to emphasize important ways to be safe and prevent illness from spreading to more people. Below is a list of common-sense ways to stop the spread of germs and sickness. We are asking all homeroom and English (ELA) teachers to review the following information and share with their students.

  • Any child who is sick at school should be sent home.
  • Teach your students to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Video Link
  • Teach students to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the side of your elbow.
  • Teach your children to stay away from people who are sick.
  • People who are sick should stay home from work or school until they are better.

Here are some resources available for staff, students and families. Although some of the resources address the flu, the same protective measures should be taken for COVID-19. Routine good cleaning and disinfecting daily is critical.

  1. Everyday preventive actions are steps that students/staff can take to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory illness, like flu: Link
  2. Flu Information for Schools: Link
  3. Cover Your Cough printable posters and information: Link
  4. Posters in multiple languages: Link
  5. To share with parents and families: Link

Hand Washing Lesson Plan