Hampton Township School District
Interview with Superintendent of Schools & Director of Curriculum Instruction
Hampton Township School District is a top rated, public school district located outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Hampton Township School District has been ranked one of the top 10 school districts in Pennsylvania for the 11th year in a row, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times 2019 Guide to Western Pennsylvania’s School Districts. Hampton High School has also been recognized by US News & World Report 2019 Best High Schools in the U.S ranking as 4th in their region, 17th within the state of PA and number 712th nationally. The High School was also named a national Blue Ribbon School for 2016.
The Move to Understanding by Design®
Dr. Michael Loughead, Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Jackie Removcik, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Hampton Township School District discuss their move to and implementation of the Understanding by Design framework in evolving their district to become more competitive. By asking the question, “How are we designing the learning experience?” they discover the power of backward mapping and its positive effect on student learning and curriculum design.
Personalized Approach to Professional Development
Dr. Michael Loughead, Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Jackie Removcik, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Hampton Township School District discuss their approach to professional development in providing their teachers with flexible and personalized options to their professional learning such as Snow Day PD and teacher created Learning Paths.
Teachers Perspective on UbD
With the implementation of the Understanding by Design framework in their school district, teachers from Hampton Township discuss their perspective on the implementation process and shift to UbD, and how the framework has become their “blueprint for good teaching.”