Curriculum Adoption

Curriculum Study - Textbook Adoption

PHASE I

  • Begin curriculum study/textbook adoption research
  • Appoint chairperson, Admin., & staff to curriculum study committee
  • Seek and address parent/community input
  • Review student ITBS, ISAT, PSAE/ACT and local assessment results
  • Organize information which pertains to needs, current strengths, and areas needing improvement
  • Research content on best practice which relates to area being studied by utilizing the following:
    • internet
    • use KIDS/university professors
    • educational journals/articles
    • outside speakers, regarding best practice, etc.
    • site visits to observe for best practice and textbook series already implemented
      • Update all staff by providing copies of minutes, journal articles, presentations, etc.

PHASE II

  • Preview of recommended series and classroom materials
  • Provide updates to the Board during Academic Committee meetings
  • Invite publishers to present recommended series' & classroom materials
  • Continue to review proposed materials
    • Discuss whether the materials allow the staff and students to capitalize on strengths
    • Discuss whether the materials address areas needing improvements
      • Continue to make site visits and schedule presentations which relate to best practice
      • Discuss assessment plans for the implementation phase to measure student growth i.e. pre/post tests, other, etc. - teacher made or standardized
      • By January 1, vote/reach consensus on textbook series to be recommended for Board adoption.
      • Through newsletters and fliers announce recommended adoption to staff and parents; when series will be on Board agenda for adoption.
      • Begin planning stages of ongoing staff development and training
        • Spring/summer sessions to prepare staff to implement
        • On-going sessions throughout year
          • No later than the Regular February Board meeting, recommend board approval of textbook series adoption for following years implementation.
          • Beginning in March, discuss and implement staff development opportunities
            • visits
            • speakers
            • utilize early release and teacher institute days
            • after school study groups
              • Budget for textbooks, materials, staff development - utilize free textbook loan program
              • Determine pre-post assessments system

PHASE III

  • Implement series
  • Survey staff and parents to monitor progress of newly adopted series
  • Collect survey results and discuss ways to "fine-tune" implementation.
  • Monitor Staff Development program
  • By December, report implementation progress to the Board of Education
  • Report data result
  • Collect assessment-pre-post data for presentation
  • Review midway results 1st year
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