New Curriculum

New Curriculum: Supporting Innovation in Schools and Districts 

Summary

There are many ways your organization can support new curriculum initiatives. The examples below are based on recently implemented programs I am connected to or ones in current development.

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New Curriculum

The summer allows educators to recharge, reflect, and innovate their practices with students and colleagues. I find this annually recurring phase of the profession to be an essential aspect of the field. Moreover, the summer is also an ideal time to design and prepare to implement new curriculum features. This includes instructional and assessment items, content standards and supports, and revisions to district mission and vision statements. 

From my experiences, new additions to a district’s, schools, and individual teacher’s practices happen best when they are framed concerning existing foundational norms and beliefs about education held internally and beyond by organizations, other districts, and schools of education, for example.  

There are many ways your organization can support new curriculum initiatives. The examples below are based on recently implemented programs I am connected to or ones in current development.  

  • Tutoring Services: School-supported tutoring services for students are on the rise. The range of support varies greatly. This includes the subjects provided and grade levels which can participate. Additionally, support features include on-demand and scheduling tutor options, test preparation, and feedback on draft essays.

 

Professional Development Pathways for the New Curriculum:  

New curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices must involve professional learning. In our current landscape, however, educators’ time in the class is more important than ever. In addition, a lack of substitutes and staff means creative approaches must become the norm. 

  • Your expertise is needed to implement these options.
  • Relevance: Transitioning students’ educational experience from rote memorization and disconnected learning from the world beyond school to learning that involves taking informed action and authentic assessments is well underway. Still, there is work in this area to be done. Framing your forward-looking product and services will position you as an innovator.
  • Portraits ad Profiles of a Graduate:  Developing Portraits and Profiles of a Graduate (POG) is a nationwide phenomenon dedicated to articulating student outcomes the school or district support. Existing POG samples are available here. How can your services or products support existing, developing, or schools that have yet to create a POG?

 

  • Standard Revisions State Boards of Education, the College Board, the International Baccalaureate, and Dual-Enrollment programs engage with curriculum and standards revisions regularly. Supporting schools’ adjustment to these revisions is much-needed support for teachers, administrators, and their community.

 

A curriculum is a broad concept involving content, outcomes, instruction, assessment, and professional learning. With this expanse, the needs, and inroads to supporting those needs, provide multiple opportunities. 

Approaching those opportunities with explicit innovation will make new changes easier to implement and relate your company with those successes.

To learn more about how to supplement learning loss, contact Agile Education Marketing today. 

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