Instructional Leadership 2017-03-28T09:38:31+00:00
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Instructional Leadership

At Elkhart Community Schools, curriculum is defined as the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be taught and learned. The curriculum is the substance of what is taught, written, and assessed. We have a long and excellent history of curricular development and revision accomplished by instructional staff, administrators, and parents working together with subject area specialists in the Instructional Leadership Department.

Elkhart Community Schools’ Instructional Leadership Department is lead by a team of two experienced educational professionals  – Jean Creasbaum, our Director of Elementary Instruction and William Kovach, our Director of Secondary Instruction. Within the Instructional Leadership Department, we also have a team of Academic Coaches, who each focus on a specific subject. These coaches are devoted to further development of their subject matters within our schools, by keeping up to date with trends, educations standards, and high-level subject matter training and accreditation. Many of these coaches come from within the school corporation as former teachers, who go on to advance their education on their subject matter, and return to help guide curriculum and train teachers to ensure our students are performing at the highest level possible.

Together, this team strives to prepare curriculum guidelines that not only meet state standards, but exceed them. We strive to light the flame of passion of education in our children, preparing them for success in our schools and beyond.

Dr. Dawn McGrath, Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Dawn McGrath
Deputy Superintendent

Jean Creasbaum, Director of Elementary Instruction
Jean Creasbaum
Director of Elementary Instruction

William Kovach, Director of Secondary Instruction
William Kovach
Director of Secondary Instruction

Below are highlights of our curriculum guidelines and graduation requirements for grades K-12.

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Grade 7

  • Students in Grade 7 are required to take:
    • Language Arts (36 weeks)
    • Mathematics (36 weeks)
    • Social Studies (36 weeks)
    • Science (36 weeks)
    • Art (18 weeks)
    • Wellness/PE (18 weeks)
    • Industrial Technology (18 weeks)
    • Math Problem Solving (18 weeks)
    • *Electives available: Band, Orchestra and Choir
    • *In cases where a student’s standardized test scores indicate additional math, reading or writing assistance may be helpful, student may be placed in additional Language Arts Skills (36 weeks), Read 180 (36 weeks) or Wilson Reading (36 weeks).

Grade 8

  • Students in Grade 8 are required to take:
    • Language Arts (36 weeks)
    • Mathematics (36 weeks)
    • Social Studies (36 weeks)
    • Science (36 weeks)
    • Art (18 weeks)
    • Wellness/PE (18 weeks)
    • Health (18 weeks)
    • Family and Consumer Science (18 weeks)
    • General Music (18 weeks) AND Science Problem Skills (18 weeks) OR Performing Music (Band, Orchestra or Choir – 36 weeks)
    • *In cases where a student’s standardized test scores indicate additional math, reading or writing assistance may be helpful, student may be placed in additional Language Arts Skills (36 weeks) or Double Period Math (36 weeks).