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Tool to help teachers, public see curricula in Menomonie school district

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MENOMONIE — Starting next week the Menomonie school district will give staff and the public a deeper look into class curricula.

Brian Seguin, assistant superintendent of instruction, on Monday night gave board members a sneak peek at what this asset allows teachers and parents to see.

The program, Building Your Own Curriculum, lets teachers upload a detailed overview of topics and units they plan to cover in the coming school year.

It breaks down topics all the way to the amount of time a teacher plans to spend on any given unit.

The program won’t go live to the public until Tuesday, Aug. 21, on the Menomonie school district website.

The program gives teachers a one-stop location for unit plans, Seguin said, and will be an important tool for newcomers to the school district.

“From an instructional standpoint this is very beneficial and useful,” he said.

For parents, Seguin said, it can be a road map to better understand where their child is heading or as an overview for everything their child is learning currently. He describes it as offering a “quick snapshot” for what will be covered in each unit. Parents can search keywords such as subject, grade level and more.

Board members Amy Riddle-Swanson and Tricia Thompson agreed it would be best for the public if there was a link to this tool from the main school district webpage.

Thompson said it would be helpful because there is a lot of useful information in the program.

Seguin said this is working toward a district goal of being more transparent to the community.

No action was taken on the agenda item.

Contact: 715-830-5840,, @BenRueter on Twitter

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