The Uvalde CISD Curriculum and Instruction team is dedicated to supporting campuses with resources necessary for teaching and learning. District initiatives have been put in place to support core instruction, interventions, collaboration, assessment, and data analysis. Each of these encompass research-based practices necessary for effective instructional processes.
Classrooms are required to use the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as the standards that drive instruction. The TEKS Resource System (TRS) is the resource that UCISD teachers are required to use for instruction and includes TEKS Verification Documents, the Instructional Focus Documents (IFD), Year-At-A-Glance (YAG), pacing guides, and assessments for each unit of study. Professional Learning Communities of instructional staff ensure that curricular standards are addressed and that teaching strategies are aligned.
Uvalde CISD recognizes that students are varied in their learning needs. Initiatives to address core instruction and interventions have been implemented to support each student in an individualized way. To support core instruction, the district has developed the UCISD instructional framework and uses the Fundamental 5 practices to improve rigor, relevance, and student performance. To ensure that students are served according to their needs, Response to Intervention (RtI), Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) and accommodation folders are in place at every campus.
District and campus teams continually monitor student progress and address necessary gaps to ensure student success. Screeners and benchmark assessments provide information that can be used to guide instruction and set learning goals. The Instructional Assessment Protocol has been put into place to streamline instructional processes. This model that begins by focusing on the desired end results when planning instruction and is one teachers use to create learning environments for specific targets. Through tools such as Eduphoria and Lead4ward, teachers are able to analyze student performance and provide responsive learning supports. Data walls help teams understand performance across grade levels and campuses to plan for programmatic interventions.