Teaching and Learning

Emporia Public Schools


The Teaching & Learning Department is responsible for all curriculum, instruction and assessment in the district. Our goal is to provide a guaranteed curriculum for all students. Call, visit or email the Teaching & Learning Department for information about these topics:


Office Location

Mary Herbert Education Center #220
1700 W 7th Ave.
PO Box 1008
Emporia, KS 66801

Phone: 620-341-2201
Fax: 620-341-2233

Dr. George Abel
Assistant Superintendent

Vicki Schweinler
Executive Director, Elementary Education

Wade Redeker
Executive Director, Secondary Education

Dr. Ryan Karjala
Assoc Executive Director
Assessments & Accountability

Allison Anderson Harder
Executive Director, Special Services

Angie Bolz
Administrative Secretary – Teaching & Learning

Lesley Garay
Administrative Secretary – Teaching & Learning

Phone: 620-341-2223
Fax: 620-341-2233

Curriculum Guides

Common Core Implementation Plan

Differentiation Lessons (USD253 Gmail account required to view)

Strategies for Addressing Rigor in the Mathematics Common Core – by Cathy J. Lassiter

Synthesis of the ELA CCSS – Synthesis of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History / Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects – prepared by Maryann D. Wiggs, Professional Development Associate, The Leadership and Learning Center.




Social Studies


Writing Style Handbook

CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness – school-based services & programs

Trimester Information

Starting next school year, the two-semester school year will be replaced by three trimesters. Few changes will be seen at the elementary level except student progress reports will be provided three times a year instead of four. Change will be more noticeable at the middle and high school levels. 

Read this flier to compare the differences in a trimester schedule versus a semester schedule. Parents who have questions are encouraged to talk with the principal at your child’s school.

Trimester flyer   (also in Spanish)

College & Career Ready


The purpose of this website is to ensure educators in USD #253 Emporia district can access materials to better prepare our students to be “College and Career Ready”.

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