Hilton Central School District
The Hilton Central School District’s Instructional Framework was
developed to provide all staff with a means by which
a range of instructional decisions are designed,
planned and implemented so that learning experiences
occur for all students. At the core is “quality
learning for all” which indicates Hilton’s emphasis
on ensuring that all students are provided high
quality learning experiences.
the outside of the framework is the growth mindset, which
reflects the belief that our abilities can be developed
through dedication and hard work, and that intelligence and
talents are simply a starting point. A growth mindset is the
underlying condition one needs in order to be able to
realize the maximum potential of every learner. Teachers and
other staff members work to instill this belief in students.
They consider this belief when planning instruction and
assessment, as well as providing feedback to students.
The Learner Profile and Approaches to Learning are also critical to
setting a foundation for all learners.
The Learner Profile references the attributes we seek
to instill in our students. Students who are inquirers,
knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled,
open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective
will be responsible and productive members of our local,
national and global communities. Approaches to Learning must
also be considered, as they are the distinct communication,
thinking, self-management and research skills that have
relevance across the curriculum. The infusion of the
Approaches to Learning in the educational experiences of our
students promotes life-long learning.
A growth mindset, the Learner Profile and the Approaches to Learning
transcend all subjects, grades, ages and abilities. This
Framework suggests that these must be taught and developed
for optimal learning, and such decisions become part of the
written and taught curriculum.
Near the core of the Instructional Framework is a concept-based
is through curriculum that we make decisions that are
discipline-specific, while at the same time remembering that
the nature of a concept-based curriculum demands one to seek
those relevant and globally significant “big ideas” in order
to help students organize and make sense of their learning.
The content and skills are used as the vehicle through which
concepts are learned.
Instruction is driven by high quality assessments. These assessments, as
well as a variety of data, will assist us in making informed
data driven decisions. We understand that data driven
decisions are a critical component of any informed
It is through this process that we know when to
differentiate for students so that they can acquire, extend,
refine and use knowledge meaningfully.
The Hilton Central School District’s Instructional Framework is used as a
lens by which we are able to make decisions to ensure
quality learning for all students.
For more information, please contact
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
Dr. Barbara Surash
at 392-1000, ext. 6062 or