Curriculum Review Process
The Curriculum Review Process provides the SAU23 with a process for the systematic ongoing evaluation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment across all content areas. High-quality, standards-aligned curriculum is essential to supporting the teaching and learning process. Our district believes that exemplary teaching and a high-quality curriculum equip our students with the skills to create solutions for a rapidly changing, technologically rich, and diverse world. Participating in curriculum review provides the opportunity for careful evaluation of our current practice in order to maintain high academic standards and educational opportunities for all students, to align to local, state, and national frameworks, and to remain current with the best instructional practices. Our curriculum review process will be guided by our district vision and beliefs about curriculum.
Our vision of curriculum…
Curriculum should provide deep, relevant, experiences for students that engage them in meaningful learning
Curriculum development is an ongoing, collaborative, and dynamic process
Collaborative curriculum development provides a vehicle for critical conversations about teaching and learning that leads to increase student achievement
Curriculum must be aligned, cohesive, rigorous, and engage all students
All stakeholders will engage with curriculum through transparent communication of curriculum expectations
Student learning experiences that are deep, relevant, and meaningful should be evident and living within curriculum and instruction
Curriculum should represent the district’s beliefs about learning
Curriculum work improves student learning and is the backbone of instruction
Curriculum design and implementation is an essential component of our professional practice
The process of writing, reflecting, and revising curriculum is ongoing and collaborative
Curriculum should be rigorous, engaging, relevant and developed using the UbD model
Students should be receiving the same common educational experience across the grade levels as a result of a common and cohesive curriculum.
The SAU23 is committed to the development and systematic review of a clearly articulated curriculum and instructional program. This commitment manifests itself through the district’s curriculum review process.
Procedures for Review of Curriculum/Instructional Materials.
The following is a sample outline of steps to take when reviewing curriculum and instructional materials for purchase.
EdReports.org is an independent nonprofit designed to improve K-12 education. EdReports.org increases the capacity of teachers, administrators, and leaders to seek, identify, and demand the highest quality instructional materials. Drawing upon expert educators, our reviews of instructional materials and support of smart adoption processes equip teachers with excellent materials nationwide.
In the evaluation of materials, this is an additional tool to receive feedback on instructional resources that were evaluated by the EdReports organization.