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Our Vision: Developing each student's potential with a world-class education.
"Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline." - Jim Collins author of "Good to Great and the Social Sectors"
Welcome to the Novi Community School District's Office of Academics. It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to our website and to our district. We are exceptionally proud of our district, community, and kids. The core mission of our department is to support the district's vision by providing outstanding instructional opportunities for each of our students. We believe in providing our instructional staff with clear instructional expectations, rigorous training, and ample resources. We believe that quality instruction is the lynchpin for improving learner outcomes and opportunities. We also believe, as Jim Collins states, that it is our responsibility to provide great instructional opportunities for our learners. I invite you to please call or set up an appointment if we may serve you in any way. Be Well.
CURRICULUM: Clear and High Expectations
A school district best serves its students and parents by establishing an integrated and dynamic relationship between its curriculum, instruction, and assessment standards.
In Novi, these standards and practices are grounded in the Michigan state standards. Michigan standards have changed overtime, and the state, in recent years, has adopted new standards to ensure that all students are college and career ready.
The state offers a definition of college and career readiness in which students and graduates are expected to
- use technology and tools strategically in learning and communicating
- use argument and reasoning to do research, construct arguments, and critique the reasoning of others
- communicate and collaborate effectively with a variety of audiences
- solve problems, construct explanations and design solutions
This definition is well-aligned to our vision and mission.
Through the vision statement of the Novi Board of Education and the exit outcomes for high school students, Novi educators have embedded the needs and aspirations of its community into our standards-based aligned curriculum. The end product is an organization of programs that is continuously reviewed and aligned to best practices that provides for continuous professional learning and student continuous progress.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT Michigan's Career and College Ready site hosted by Michigan Department of Education.
National and International Assessments of Learning
State Assessments of Learning
District Assessments of Learning for Learning
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)
Classroom Assessments for AS Learning
MiStar Student Connect & Parent Portal
The goal of the Instructional Coaching office is to help teachers incorporate research-based best practices into their classrooms to maximize student achievement.
All of the district's instructional coaches have been trained in the Ontological and Cognitive Coaching models. We meet with teachers to help them think through challenges, plan lessons, find strategies and help struggling students succeed.
Currently, we have a Project Based Learning (PBL) specialist on staff. She has been trained in PBL and is National Faculty Member for the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) which is known for rigorous professional development in project based learning. In addition, purposeful technology integration is another facet of the PBL work in our district.
All of the staff members in the coaching office can model lessons in classrooms, or observe teaching and provide targeted feedback. We have sifted through the most current county, state and national-level initiatives, and chosen the most important information and training to share with Novi staff members. By working with district administrators and CALs, we provide training that is relevant and aligned with district goals.