The Thomas County School System’s instructional framework provides a rigorous, effective educational program designed to have all students reach his or her greatest potential not just some minimum standards. It also provides the structure for continuous school improvement that is linked to sound educational practice.
In grades K-2, our 2 1/2 hour balanced literacy block of time places a focus on the direct instruction of phonics as well as fluency as our students learn to become fluent readers of not only literary text but informational text as well.
In grades 6-12, we have embedded a comprehensive vocabulary program into the instructional day which improves students’ reading and comprehension skills and also serves as a springboard for learning advance academic content.
Every Teacher is a Reading Teacher in the Thomas County School System. Content-related literature is embedded into every content course beginning in fifth grade. Students not only read major literary works in English and language arts classes, they also read content related novels or biographies in every class including science and social studies.
Within the context of core instruction, students must also learn the essential skills for success in today’s world, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration.
Today, we live in a technology and media-driven environment, marked by access to an abundance of information, rapid changes in technology tools and the ability to collaborate. As the Thomas County School System installs a SmartBoard in every classroom and provides embedded professional learning during the school day for teachers, our students will have a support system that will help them master the multi-dimensional abilities that will be required of them as they navigate their future in the globally competitive information age.
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
The Next Generation Science Standards will identify content and science and engineering practices that all students should learn from kindergarten to high school graduation. Follow the link to the Next Generation Science Standards under the link section on this page.
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) developed the Teacher Resource Link as part of the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) so that teachers could easily find digital materials for students based on their academic performance. TRL allows teachers across the state to quickly find the various resources that can help each student excel.
Thousands of teachers across the state are using SLDS to differentiate instruction, reach struggling students and improve their effectiveness in the classroom. For more on SLDS, click here.
and download the TRL user guide.