WFISD's Fall Curriculum Is Almost Completed

WFISD's Fall Curriculum Is Almost Completed

The cancellation of the CSCOPE curriculum program in Texas forced almost 150 WFISD teachers to scramble and work extra hours this summer to come up with their own fall semester curriculum.

On Tuesday, school officials said, they've been able to avoid what they thought would be a complete disaster.

"We're ready for the opening of school. I mean we still have more curriculum work to do but I'm pretty amazed with how much we've done in this short period of time," said Dr. John Frossard, WFISD's superintendent.

The district's Chief Academic Officer David Freeman said, teachers and curriculum specialists have completed about 60 percent of the fall semester's curriculum. However, school officials want to assure parents what they have so far, is as good if not better than the CSCOPE lessons.

"The biggest difference is it was written by our teachers. We know our students and their needs, we know our community standards. That's the beauty of it," said Freeman.

Frossard said, teachers will continue to work hard on the curriculum during the semester so they can start the spring semester curriculum as soon as possible. He said the district has money available to pay them if they need to work extra hours and on weekends. Frossard will even consider brining in substitute teachers.

"We can bring them in during the school day but I want to minimize that as much as possible because I hate to pull our best teachers out of the classroom and bring in a substitute," said Frossard.

The staff has also been working on posting the lesson plans online because they want the district to be more transparent. However, parents won't have access to the entire curriculum just yet.

"We're just not going to post any one subject, all of its curriculum, while we still have subjects that aren't completely finished. So we're posting it in phases. We've posted the first six week grading period," said the superintendent.

School principals were trained last week on the new lesson plan and teachers will begin training on Monday.

So far the district has spent about $100,000 in the process.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6