By Carol Meyer
The Hingham Public Schools Social Studies and Business Departments were the first to engage in the new two-year program review cycle during the 2022-2023 school year.
This updated review process is a systematic cycle of improvement "to ensure a robust curriculum and comprehensive instructional programming that is aligned to the [school] district's mission and vision," according to a recent memo to Supt. of Schools Margaret Adams and the School Committee from Andy Hoey, director of social studies for K-12.
Key considerations relate in part to the extent to which these programs foster the
development of student skills, meet the needs of all students, and prepare them for life.
The first part of the program review involves a self-study, comprised of developing
essential questions to focus the process; gathering curriculum documents, instructional resources, and program data for analysis; seeking community feedback on program offerings; and reviewing program of studies documents from comparable districts, followed by site visits to other districts and reciprocal visits to HPS.
Site visits to Braintree, Needham, Duxbury, Norwell, Scituate, and Plymouth were
conducted in 2020 prior to the Covid shutdown in anticipation of the previously scheduled 2021 program review.
The second part of the review involves creating a written report and developing
recommendations for an action plan, which will be presented to the School Committee in the Spring of 2024 following a complete analysis of the program review documents and data by the program review team, stakeholder surveys, and hosting a visiting team of educators to provide feedback on current programs during the 2023-2024 school year.