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About Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Under the leadership of Assistant Superintendent of Academics Dr. Jess Boston Davis, the Somerville Public Schools offers the following services in curriculum, instruction, and assessment across grades PK-12.

  • A wide variety of subjects and course offerings in core content subjects (English, Math, Social Studies, and Science) and specialist subjects (Art, Music, Library/Media Studies, Health/Physical Education, and World Languages)
  • Updated textbooks and instructional materials to support subjects and course offerings
  • Significant emphasis on research, critical thinking, and problem solving across all subjects
  • After-school programs that provide enrichment activities aligned with school system objectives
  • Local assessment programs for every student
  • A year-round schedule of professional development for our teachers to enhance skills

Classroom instruction is closely aligned with efforts in the Special Education DepartmentMultilingual Learners Education DepartmentSomerville Community Schools, and Somerville High School Counseling Department to ensure students have the individual attention and the time they need to maximize their potential.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Staff

Dr. Jessica Boston Davis, Assistant Superintendent of Academics

Uri Harel, K-8 Director of Mathematics and English Language Arts Curriculum and Title I Director

Kathleen Seward, Coordinator of K-8 Humanities Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Paula O'Sullivan, K-8 Curriculum Coordinator of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Kathleen Bailer, Director of Early Education and Care Department

Caeli Gallitano, Director of Equity and Excellence

Chris Glynn, Director of Educator Development

Samantha Eligene, Director of Data, Assessment, and Accountability

Jason Behrens, Innovation Specialist


Homework Policy (revised May 2022)

Summer 2023 Reading List for Grades 1-8 in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole

2020 DESE District Report Cards

District Curriculum Accommodation Plan

SPS Field Trip Manual

SPS Field Trip Forms

SPS Research Application Form for Researchers

APA citation reference list

Help my child with academics info series

Infotrac research database

Minuteman Library Network research database

Somerville Public Library online catalog

World Book Encyclopedia online