Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning
Curriculum (what we teach), instruction (how we teach) and assessment (how we know students are learning) are the foundation of the Portsmouth School Department.  We are committed to excellence in teaching. We support all teachers’ professional growth by providing high quality mentoring, coaching, and current and applicable professional development opportunities. 

Curriculum
The curriculum is the roadmap for learning, focusing on the essential knowledge and skills that result in all students achieving 21st century expectations for learning.  The curriculum is built upon the Common Core State Standards and applicable content area standards.   

Instruction
Instruction is the way by which the learning goals established in the curriculum will be achieved; it is the implementation of the curriculum.  The quality of instruction is the single most important factor in student achievement.  Good instruction employs innovative and research-proven teaching strategies utilizing technology and effective instructional resources. 

Assessment
Assessments are a cornerstone of effective teaching and learning and take place in many forms as formative and summative in nature, including classroom-based measures, standardized tests, benchmark assessments, and progress monitoring.  Assessments provide a reliable and valid measure of a student's learning, understanding, and growth toward meeting the learning expectations.  Assessments also inform teachers about student achievement in order to adjust curriculum and instruction. 

Professional Development
Our educators are supported by high quality induction, instructional coaching, and a comprehensive educator evaluation process.  We are committed to teaching excellence supported by relevant and timely professional development for all staff and to provide support for the Portsmouth School District.

Elizabeth L. Viveiros, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent
viveirose@portsmouthschoolsri.org

Meg Ferreira
Administrative Assistant
ferreiram@portsmouthschoolsri.org

Phone: 401-683-1039, ext. 5
Fax: 401-683-5204

Central Administration Office hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Teaching & Learning School Committee Presentations

6.8.21
PSD ESSER II Grant Application
Presentation
YouTube

5.25.21
District Data Dashboard
Presentation
YouTube

PSD Literacy Plan
Presentation
YouTube

3.23.21
RIDE Assessment and STAR Middle of the Year Update
Presentation
YouTube 

2.9.21
Enrollment Update
Presentation
YouTube

1.19.21
MTSS Update
Presentation 
YouTube

12.15.20
PHS Program of Studies
Presentation
Youtube

11.17.20
PHS AP Testing Results 2020
Presentation 
YouTube  

10.27.21
Beginning of the Year Data Review
Presentation
YouTube

9.22.20
Reopening Update
Presentation 
YouTube

8.25.20 
Enrollment and CTE Update
Presentation
YouTube 

Teaching and Learning Updates

Fall 2020
Take a look at the great things that have happened since the opening of school! 

Winter 2021
Look at some of the great things our students and staff have been able to accomplish throughout this pandemic!

Spring 2021
We are heading towards the successful completion of this school year !  Check out what we have accomplised this Spring!