Orange County Schools

Curriculum & Instruction (C&I)

The Curriculum and Instruction team is responsible for specific curriculum areas, such as mathematics, literacy, social studies, science, etc.  For your reference, separate links are available for each area covered by the curriculum division.

Our goal is to provide collaborative, systemic support to our teacher and student learning communities that helps create and support an effective learning environment.

The Orange County Schools Curriculum Division supports the teaching and learning efforts in our schools by:

  • Providing documents to clarify state and local curriculum

  • Identifying best teaching practices and providing purposeful professional development to school-based instructional leaders

  • Delivering resources and services that schools need to enhance and increase  student achievement

  • Developing networks of professional learning communities across the district through vertical and horizontal teaching and learning conversations

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An overview of the work being conducted by our individual departments can be found in our Curriculum Connections Newsletter.

You will see the North Carolina Course of Study (NCSOS) referenced often in the Curriculum & Instruction Departmental pages. For your reference, we've included a description below of the NCSOS.

What is the North Carolina Standard Course of Study?

The “state standards” are also known as the Standard Course of Study and are developed by North Carolina public school teachers and administrators in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  The Standard Course of Study outlines a set of competencies for each grade and high school course. Its intent is to ensure rigorous student academic performance standards that are uniform across the state. The Standard Course of Study is based on a philosophy of teaching and learning that is consistent with current research, exemplary practices and national standards.