Curriculum & Instruction

Jennifer Larva
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
218-336-8700 x1007
Joan Lancour
Executive Assistant
218-336-8700 x1138
Main Office:
Historic Old Central High School
215 N. 1st Avenue East, Rm 321
Ph: 218-336-8711

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction supports the district aim of High Achievement for All. We are dedicated to the goal of providing a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all Duluth Public School students.  We believe that all children can learn at high levels when offered quality learning opportunities.

Department Staff List 


Elementary Curriculum

K-5 classrooms provide instruction aligned to state standards in Mathematics, English-Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Health. Students are evaluated on their learning through a variety of benchmark, formative, and summative assessments based on standards. Communication regarding progress is provided in the form of standards-based report cards. Mathematics curriculum is based on the curriculum. English Language-Arts follows the  program. ISD 709 adopted the Reading Wonders 2017 series to be implemented in grades K-5. This reading series is part of a balanced literacy model. "" must include instruction in the essential components of read (NRP 2000): oral language, phonological awareness, phonics/decoding, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.

Ban Ka Santu 2019  

Ban Ka Santu 2019Elementary students receive standards-based content instruction in art, music, and physical education through specialists on an 8-day rotation basis. 

Additional information regarding curriculum, standards and grading can be found on the Grading and ReportingBan Ka Santu 2019 page. 

Secondary Curriculum 

Ban Ka Santu 20196-12 students are provided content through a six-period day schedule that includes mathematics, English, science, social studies, music, art, health, physical education, world languages, and career-technical education. Grading and reporting of progress in the secondary grades is through a traditional A-F report card system. Students and families can track progress through the

Additional information regarding curriculum, standards and grading can be found on the Grading and Reporting page.  To view graduation requirements and a complete list of courses, please refer to the 6-12 Course Catalogs.

Accessing Curriculum Documents  (Staff Only) 

Ban Ka Santu 2019Are you a teacher in the Duluth Public Schools and want to know how to access curriculum documents?  Click this link for step by step directions to assist you in accessing curriculum documents: