Five District Partnership

The Five District Partnership (5DP) is a joint educational effort among the Massachusetts districts of Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere and Winthrop to improve instruction and academic achievement.

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About the 5 District Partnership

The Five District Partnership (5DP) is a joint educational effort among the Massachusetts districts of Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere and Winthrop to improve instruction and academic achievement. It was born in 2012 after research showed a high rate of mobility among students within the districts. The statewide shift to adopt Common Core State Standards has made it an ideal time to unite the work among these schools.

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Mission and Vision

Faced with struggling student achievement and a highly mobile inter-district student population, the 5DP seeks to mitigate the gap in student achievement and maximize resources by aligning curriculum, performance standards, assessments, instruction, resources and professional development across the five districts.

The Vision of the 5DP is to collaborate around four central areas: student achievement, efficiency, educator relationships and fiscal prudence. To do this, the districts will focus on creating opportunities for, but not limited to:

  • Common Yearlong Plans (YLPs) and Understanding by Design (UbD) units for instruction and assessment
  • A repository for teaching resources
  • Increased professional development
  • Increased purchasing power
  • Reduced burden on individual teachers

The 5DP intends for these opportunities to happen at all levels, from teachers and curriculum directors to principals and superintendents. The tools and technologies, some of which are featured on this website, provide schools with access to and information about these pooled resources.

Timeline

The goals listed here are likely to evolve. We intend to create a shared set of goals for educators in the districts, and inspire other inter-district initiatives.



Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I be involved?
    The aim of the partnership is to have educators at all levels in all five districts working together; too much of the work we do is done in isolation. Contact the partnership to find out how you can get connected with other teachers in the same subject area or grade level. Take advantage of the opportunities for professional development around Understanding by Design (UbD) unit instruction and creation. If you’re a teacher, ask about joining one of the teacher teams dedicated to creating units. If you’re a school leader, ask how you can participate in steering committee activities. For more information, contact Cove Davis at cdavis@chelseama.gov.
  • How can I be involved?
    The aim of the partnership is to have educators at all levels in all five districts working together; too much of the work we do is done in isolation. Contact the partnership to find out how you can get connected with other teachers in the same subject area or grade level. Take advantage of the opportunities for professional development around Understanding by Design (UbD) unit instruction and creation. If you’re a teacher, ask about joining one of the teacher teams dedicated to creating units. If you’re a school leader, ask how you can participate in steering committee activities. For more information, contact Cove Davis at cdavis@chelseama.gov.
  • How will my instruction change?
    As common yearlong plans (YLPs) are created and agreed upon by the districts, teachers will be asked to follow the general order that standards are suggested to be taught. For example, if third-grade fractions are taught in November-December according to the YLP, all districts will adhere to that. YLPs for Math, ELA and Science for grades 2-8 are on the 5DP server and Mastery Connect. Trackers will be created in Mastery Connect to tie common assessments to the YLPS. Following the YLPs is essential starting in 2016-17 since the three common assessments over the course of the year will test standards as taught in each block or quarter. Teachers will not be required to use common lesson plans; in other words, the goal is not to take away freedom for teachers to create engaging classroom activities.
  • How will my instruction NOT change?
    Teachers are not robots. Moreover, innovative practices only come when we allow our teachers the opportunity to try new activities and adapt to the needs of their students. The 5DP is attempting to provide a more cohesive learning environment for mobile students throughout the districts, to provide a pooled set of tested resources from which teachers can choose, and to provide increased opportunities for the districts to offer professional development and save money through purchasing power. The 5DP encourages collaboration, not loss of freedom.
  • Where do I find resources for my classroom?
    Yearlong plans and UbD units are posted on the server; if you need the name and password for access, contact the 5DP or ask another teacher or administrator at your school. Additional links and resources can be found on our Resources page.
  • I have heard about other curriculum and assessment efforts from the state, like MCAS 2.0. Will they be part of the Five District Partnership?
    MCAS 2.0 is replacing PARCC and Edwin as the future direction of assessment in Massachusetts. Certain curriculum materials developed as part of PARCC are still valuable and useful, and will continue to be available as resources to teachers on the curriculum server.
  • I have an idea for the partnership. Who do I talk to?
    We are finding that the greatest benefit of the partnership so far is that connecting educators is fostering all sorts of innovative ideas and opportunities. Contact the executive administrator, Cove Davis, at cdavis@chelseama.gov to discuss any ideas to improve collaboration.

Leadership Team - A Partnership at All Levels

Superintendents

Mary M. Bourque (Chelsea)
Frederick F. Foresteire (Everett)
Charles Grandson (Malden)
Dianne Kelly (Revere)
John J. Macero (Winthrop)

Executive Administrator for Curriculum and Development (EACA)

Cove Davis (cdavis@chelseama.gov)

Steering Committee

Chelsea: Katie Schubmehl, Sarah Kent, Michele Sodergren
Everett: Janice Gauthier, Fran Connolly, Patricia Massa
Malden: Pat Dailey, Janice Raymond, TBA
Revere: Matt Costa, Christina Porter, Tonia D’Eramo
Winthrop: Frank Woods
Others: Mary Jackmann, Leah Tuckman, Lauren Updegrove (DSAC)

If you have questions about whether you can use 5DP materials, or you would like to use these materials for commercial purposes, please write a request to Cove Davis or call us at 617-466-5113.


The Five District Partnership Plus 1 Grant

The Five District Partnership in collaboration with the COSMIC Center at UMASS Boston have received a Massachusetts Math and Science Partnership grant to further content training for middle school science teachers in the five districts focusing on content knowledge, the new draft science standards, and writing and refining high quality assessments for use as District Determined Measures. This page is dedicated to sharing information about this exciting project.

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5DP Resources

Yearlong Plans and Common Standards

Massachusetts bases its education standards off Common Core State Standards, which were developed to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. The 5DP is connecting local educators to create common curriculum maps known as Yearlong Plans (YLPs) across all grades and subjects that align to state standards.

  • End-of-Year Planning: Ideas to Finish the Year Strongly
    • Use student data to revisit "problem areas". MasteryConnect, 5DP common assessments, GRADE assessments, and DIBELS should provide indicators about where your students might benefit from re-teaching. You might even let students drive their own learning by getting them involved in identifying areas of weaknesses upon which they would like to improve.
    • Work with teachers in the grade ahead to identify ways you can best prepare students for the first block of the next year.
    • Collaborate to design a cumulative, inquiry-based, or integrated project across subjects. Or help students to design and research their own project.
    • Check the 5DP website for new UbD units you can utilize in your classroom.
  • Current Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, by subject
  • Parent Roadmaps: Supporting your child through the Common Core State Standards (all grades)

Understanding by Design (UbD)

Understanding by Design is tool utilized for educational planning focused on "teaching for understanding" advocated by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. The 5DP is dedicated to creating UbD units for all grades and subjects that are aligned to commonly agreed upon yearlong plans throughout the districts.

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MCAS 2.0

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is in the process of upgrading MCAS to better measure the critical thinking skills students need for success in the 21st century. The new test, informally called "MCAS 2.0," will build upon the best aspects of the MCAS assessments that have served the Commonwealth well for the past two decades. The test will include innovative items developed by PARCC, along with new items specifically created to assess the Massachusetts learning standards. MCAS 2.0 will be designed to be taken on a computer. The plan is to phase in computer-based testing so that computer-based tests are fully administered statewide in 2019, with many students participating as well in 2017 and 2018.



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Contact Us

Have a question or need more information about the 5 Districts Partnership?

Please contact the 5DP’s Executive Administrator for Curriculum and Development, Cove Davis, and let the 5DP know how we can support your efforts.

The Vision of the 5DP is to collaborate around four central areas: student achievement, efficiency, educator relationships and fiscal prudence.

The materials and resources presented by The Five District Partnership (5DP) are intended for educational use and not for commercial purposes. No materials found on our website may be reproduced without express permission. The 5DP retains all copyright associated with any original materials found here.