Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Welcome to the Office of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. Our office supports our educators and para-educators as they design and deliver highly-engaging curriculum and instruction that meets the needs of proficient and accelerated learners while also working to close the achievement gap.

This year our district continues to implement Universal design for learning (UDL) and focus on the importance of growth mindset. Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Growth Mindset is the belief that effort, and not innate ability, results in positive learning outcomes. Students who have growth mindset respond to instruction with more positive, effort-based strategies to work harder and spend more time on the task instead of giving up. Learn more about UDL and growth mindset today.

Comparison Districts

In an effort to improve our own district, it’s important to examine the growth and trends in comparable districts, or those who educate similar students with similar resources. In February, 2018, the GDRSD School District voted to accept our list of recommended districts so we could chart our growth in comparison to our peers in years to come. Access the list of GD’s Comparable Districts here:

Home Schooling Resources

District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP)

Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks


Contact the Curriculum Office

Dr. Katie Novak
Assistant Superintendent
Phone: (978) 448-5505
Twitter: @KatieNovakUDL
Leslie Wickfield
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (978) 448-5505 ext. 214
Karen Gartland
Math Supervisor K-8
Phone: (978) 448-5505
Twitter: @KarenGGartland
Kelly True
English Language Arts Supervisor K-8
Phone: (978) 448-5505
Twitter: @kellytrue