Curriculum and Instruction Office

Curriculum and Instruction Director

Welcome to DelCampo International School's office of Curriculum and Teacher Development.  Last January, I started working with the teachers, staff, and principals developing curricula, providing professional development, and assessing different educational programs to enhance your children's learning. Our school provides high quality bilingual education, where up to date technology and research-based educational methods integrate to promote and enhance learning in an environment where discovery, experimentation, and reflection are encouraged and nurtured.  

Our teachers work closely with their students to achieve learning outcomes that are preparing them to efficiently perform in higher education institutions and in life. Teachers utilize the most current research-based educational methodologies in order to successfully assist our students become life-long learners. At the office we work together to see your child thrive academically and be prepared for college. We monitor your children's progress and the teachers input in the classroom to attain successful learning progress.

To learn more about what we do, please feel free to contact us any time. We are here to serve and improve education. We very much appreciate your input; therefore we can provide you with a better service.

 

Kind regards,

Sara Solorzano, PhD
Curriculum and Instruction Director 


Who We Are

The office goes hand in hand with the school´s philosophy and it is this philosophy that creates possibilities to instill new methodologies that will help the efforts of the superintendent and her principals to create the students our world needs.  We are a child-centered school, dedicated to providing a high quality bilingual education, integrating modern technology and educational methods to promote learning in a process of discovery, experimentation, and reflection.

We are here to serve and improve education. To learn more about the office please feel free to contact us anytime and read about the programs the office reinforces:

Active Learning

Active learning according to McKeachie [1](2005) is a process whereby students engage in activities, such as reading, writing, discussion, or problem solving that promote analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of class content.

DelCampo promotes an active learning environment - a learning place where our students’ aren´t told what to do, say or believe in but are encouraged to discover on their own what they stand for, and what the world has to offer. In this way we assure they are ready for college, work and to take over new educational experiences.  

Moreover, we also encourage our students to read, research, write, argument, debate and most importantly challenge what they are taught. We want them to be able to understand the importance of what they learn. We want to create thinkers that will be able to problem solve while they consider the pros and cons of all the options at stake. We want you parents to be proud of our shared duties in the educational development of your children.

Common Core

DelCampo adopted the Common Core Curriculum which prepares the students academically with a knowledge component and a skills component while generating abilities that will help the Wildcats at DelCampo apply, synthesize, and evaluate problems and theories they will be exposed to in college life. Common core aligns student expectations with the 21st century standards in education which in turn prepares students for college. DelCampo has adopted this program as its curricular foundation with a student centered orientation. 

Furthermore, DelCampo teachers strive to nurture learning environments in the classrooms that will allow students to attain learning goals in the students’ life:

1) Equitable learning environments (have differentiated learning opportunities and activities that meet her/his needs) 

2) High expectations environment (is engaged in rigorous coursework, discussions and or tasks)

3) Supportive learning environment (takes risks in learning)

4) Active learning environment (is able to make connections from content to real-life experiences)

5) Progress monitoring and feedback environment  (is able to verbalize understanding of the lesson/content)

6) Well-managed learning environment (collaborates with other students during student-centered activities)

7) Digital learning environment (uses digital tools to gather, evaluate, and/or use information for learning).

It is within these learning environments that the common core curriculum we follow as a means of instruction is translated into knowledge and skills reflected in the students. Therefore common sense is just the basis of the learning pyramid we keep exposing students to. At DelCampo, we want students to be able to adapt to different educational opportunities and learn for life.

Student Centered Curriculum

DelCampo values a student centered curriculum and therefore we promote educational encounters that will enhance the learning process for every student. This is  our commitment to parents, society and Honduras- it is stated in our vision- to develop in each student the ability to think critically, creatively, and independently in order to attain his or her academic and personal potential. It is not an easy task but surely is one we do with great pleasure. DelCampo is committed to working with teachers who devote their careers to seeing positive transformations in the children´s lives.

At DelCampo we value the context that surrounds us and realize that in order to prepare students for college and to develop competencies that will allow them to succeed in any situation we must teach students according to the world we live in. Nowadays, technology has positioned itself in the academic world as one of the highest requirements; therefore at DelCampo we use technology as a means of instruction. Considering most of the knowledge is readily available on the web we want to make sure we expose our students to guided searches and teach them how to learn more and not hold back to only what a textbook might present.

[1] McKeachie, W.J. (2005). How to make lectures more effective. In Teaching tips: Strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers (11th ed.) (pp. 52-68). New York: Houghton Mifflin Co.

ENGAGING STUDENTS IN LEARNING

            At DelCampo we know that engaging learners in a variety of ways will help them take advantage of any learning experience. Cornell University´s Center for Teaching Excellence states that students need to be engaged in their learning before they can apply higher order and creative thinking skills. This form of engagement transforms into the notion of learning for life. Yet, it is explained as a way of involvement, interest or participation in any given activity. Felder & Brent (2009) define active learning as "anything course-related that all students in a class session are called upon to do other than simply watching, listening and taking notes" (p. 2). This is truly what active learning is about- engaging students in learning.

            Therefore, at DelCampo active learning methodologies continue to be integrated into the classroom activities by our teachers. As you well remember, active learning is "anything that involves students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing" (Bonwell & Eison, 1991, p. 2). In this doing students evidently become engaged in their learning. Read the passage below and stop for a moment to think how true this is… how many times did someone ever give you an address, a recipe, or even a story but you could only remember it when you drove to the address, cooked the recipe or told the story yourself. If someone else does it for you- chances are- you won’t be able to do it on your own next time.

 

 

Bonwell, C. C., & Eison, J. A. (1991). Active learning: Creating excitement in the classroom (ASHE–ERIC Higher Education Rep. No. 1). Washington, DC: The George Washington University, School of Education and Human Development.