Curriculum & Instruction
Castro Valley Unified School District strives to provide comprehensive services to support student learning. This includes providing a rigorous curriculum, instruction, and support to both students and staff to meet the requirements of the California State Standards for Literacy and Mathematics (Common Core), as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Through the Educational Services department, the district supports program development, curriculum and materials adoption, and implementation in the areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History-Social Science, the Arts, Physical Education, World Languages, Career Technical Education (CTE), and English Language Development (ELD). Our educational programs offer a comprehensive and balanced curriculum and provide both enrichment and support to meet the needs of a diverse student population.
For more information, contact:
- Vivienne Paratore, Director, Grades 6-12, ext. 1278
- Nia Rashidchi, Director, Grades TK-5, ext. 1204
English Language Arts
The District utilizes a balanced, comprehensive literacy approach to ensure “high-quality good first instruction” in English-Language Arts. In order to prepare students for college, career, and a lifetime of learning, teachers use the district’s comprehensive instructional framework and research-based instructional strategies to foster independence, flexible thinking and proficiency in grade-level standards. Students collaborate with diverse peers around engaging curriculum aligned to the California Standards in English-Language Arts, becoming effective communicators who are reflective, critical, and strategic readers and writers.
We ensure that all students have access to, and support in, rigorous and advanced classes offering high-quality first instruction in mathematics. Math instruction is rooted in the Standards for Mathematical Practices and the California Standards in Mathematics, emphasizing conceptual understanding, procedural skill, fluency and a growth mindset in math. Teachers utilize core instructional materials as the foundational tools that support effective math instruction, while also supplementing if needed, in order to meet the needs of individual students.
To communicate the educational programs at the secondary schools, each school develops and annually updates their Program Planning Guide (PPG) to reflect educational programs, practices, and procedures. The PPG is a valuable resource for students and parents. It is posted on the school website and print copies are available upon request at each school.
Program Planning Guides
- Creekside Middle School Program Planning Guide
- Canyon Middle School Program Planning Guide
- Castro Valley High School Program Planning Guide
TVTIP - Teacher Induction Program
TVTIP is a consortium of school districts which include Castro Valley, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and Sunol. The Consortium collaborates with the New Teacher Center and local universities. TVTIP provides support to eligible, participating teachers as they begin their professional career. The Consortium’s goal is to provide opportunities for teachers to become highly qualified and effective practitioners. Visit the TVTIP website here.