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Curriculum and Instruction

At WCUSD, our award-winning schools are building on excellence! We are proud to provide our students with high academic standards, highly qualified teachers, flexible school placement, and a proven curriculum. Below, you’ll discover more about our curriculum, which incorporates the Common Core. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the appropriate staff member below.

Instructional Techniques

We understand that students learn in different ways and we are committed to providing instructional techniques to meet those needs. We utilize such methods as differentiated instruction and project-based learning to help our students master concepts and relate their learning to life.


Differentiated Instruction
Differentiated instruction ensures that what a student learns and how he or she learns it matches that student’s ability and interests. Differentiation encourages teachers to adjust their teaching style to accommodate their students’ learning needs to help them achieve academically. Our teachers use methods like:

  • Hands-on instruction using manipulatives
  • Oral instruction with visual clues
  • Reading choice and journaling
  • Movement 
  • Problem-solving
  • Cooperative learning
  • Authentic assessments

 
Project-based Learning
Project-based learning is a mode of teaching crafted around a defined problem that students must solve using concepts taught in the classroom. It generally requires students to assume specific roles (such as research assistants, environmental advisers, or advocates) to solve issues and address opposing concerns so students can reach a solution that meets the demands of all involved. It is a great team-building exercise that helps students transfer information to real life.

Common Core Standards

The California State Board of Education adopted the Common Core standards in 2010. Since that time, West Covina has been working to implement them into our classrooms’ curriculum. These core standards establish consistent and clear educational goals for the entire state to help our students be better prepared for college and career. 


Our teachers are utilizing Common Core, along with Essential Standards, to teach our students to think critically and master concepts in a building block style. We believe this will enable them to connect learning to real life. If you would like a closer look at Common Core, we have provided links for you at the side of this page.

Curriculum and Instruction Staff

We would love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact us any time.

 

Cheryl Lesikar
Director of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Categorical Programs
626-939-4600 ext. 4642
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Gloria Duncan, Ed.D.
Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Services
626-939-4600 ext. 4046
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Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)

Vacant
EL Services
626-939-4600 ext. 4611
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Joyce Savoy
Ed. Tech & Professional Development
626-939-4600 ext. 4618
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Jessica Lunsford-Johnson
K-12 Reading Intervention
626-939-4600 ext. 4711
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Rebecca Acosta, Ed.D.
K-12 Reading Intervention
626-939-4600 ext. 4711
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Nancy Galvez-Ortega
Elementary ELA
626-939-4600 ext. 4691
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Laurie San Miguel
Elementary ELA
626-939-4600 ext. 4691
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Kristen Acosta 
Elementary Math
626-939-4600 ext. 4634
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Rick Ortega
Elementary Math
626-939-4600 ext. 4634
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Cindy Mata
Secondary Social Science
626-939-4600 ext. 4690
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Maria Garza
Secondary English
626-939-4600 ext. 4690
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Brenda Salas
Secondary Science
626-939-4600 ext. 4601
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Tomoko Price
Secondary Math
626-939-4600 ext. 4601
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Jeanne Berrong
IB Programs
626-939-4600 ext. 2315
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Course Outlines

For your convenience, we have provided copies of our course curricula here.

 

Middle School

High School

IB Program

Textbook Adoptions

California Common Core State Standards

Please visit these links to learn more about Common Core and its use in our classrooms.