Instructional Services Division
Welcome to the Instructional Services Division (ISD) of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. ISD oversees all aspects of teaching and learning PreK-12.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools strives to create experiences that empower, inspire and engage all learners in every classroom, every day. As students become problem solvers and problem seekers, they collaborate with teachers, peers and community members to achieve common goals. Students co-design their learning experiences, embedding their unique interests and passions within a standards-based curriculum. Access to digital devices integrates technology in order to increase critical thinking, enhance communication skills, and create personalized pathways of learning for every student.
CHCCS Instructional Framework
The CHCCS Instructional Framework is a blueprint to establish and implement consistent best practices in teaching and learning across the district. The framework is comprised of three key domains: Learning Space, Classroom Culture, and Instruction. Please click on the links below to explore each domain and find additional information and resources.
Instruction is compromised of the culturally relevant proven practices that we use every day, in every classroom, to engage students with rigorous and responsive lessons. Students collaborate with their peers, compare and connect new information, graphically represent ideas, and effectively use technology to deepen their understanding. Highly effective instruction maximize learning for every student.
This is the physical and digital environment we create to inspire our students from the moment they enter the classroom. The walls, boards, or digital classroom spaces are a canvas to extend learning with posted objectives, visual supports, and student work that represents diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The furniture lends itself to flexible configurations, and physical or digital materials are organized to facilitate student access. The classroom environment creates a sense of belonging and purpose for every student.
Culture is the environment we establish to empower students to own and celebrate their learning. With a focus on equity and excellence, we set high expectations and provide support to ensure every student meets them. Cultivating a growth mindset recognizes and reinforces effort and actions, and encourages students to take risks and learn from their mistakes to promote continuous improvement.