Curriculum at MRA

Math

All students are capable mathematicians.  At MRA, math instruction uses a variety of modalities to reach students at all developmental levels. This curriculum is based on research which shows that critical thinking, analysis and meta-cognition result in a deeper, enduring understanding of math. MRA’s math program is aligned with the Standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as well as Oregon state standards.

 

The K-5 Bridges Math Curriculum focuses on developing in students a deep understanding of math concepts, proficiency with key skills, and the ability to solve new and complex problems.  Students learn not just how to do the mathematics but also how to describe observations and patterns and show different ways of thinking critically. In addition, hands-on activities engage them in exploring, developing, testing, discussing, and applying mathematical concepts.

 

For more information about Bridges:

K-5 Bridges Math Curriculum Overview

 

The 6-8 grades use an evidence based curriculum called College Preparatory Mathematics or CPM. 

The curriculum emphasizes collaborative problem solving, critical thinking and a deep understanding of why and how the process works.  The emphasis is not simply on the procedure but a deeper understanding of the concepts behind the procedure. Students are encouraged to work together to develop diverse approaches and communicate effectively in teams.  Carefully designed practice with procedures are spaced over time where students have the opportunity to truly achieve mastery.  

 

For more information about CPM:

6-8th CPM Math Curriculum Overview

Literacy

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project's Units of Study guide literacy instruction at MRA. This method of teaching is backed by an abundance of research on literacy development and encourages students to become lifelong readers and writers. As a workshop approach these curricula don’t just teach kids to write, it builds independent young authors. Literacy is integral to all subjects and foundational to learning of all types. 

 

Click on the following links to discover more about these curricula:

 

Health

In August of 2021 the MRA school board approved a one year pilot program for health classes using The Great Body Shop Health Curriculum. After the 2021-22 school year the MRA board will gather feedback from families, teachers, and staff in order to decide if this curriculum should be adopted long term. The curriculum aligns with state and national standards for health instruction.  It contains a digital platform that gives families access to program guides and content materials while students take home a monthly health magazine which encourages family discussions.  Please click on the following link to read more about this dynamic curriculum:

 

The Great Body Shop Website