Curriculum Renewal

MCS Curriculum Renewal is a five-year cycle to help ensure high impact learning for each student.

The purpose of curriculum renewal is to support our district mission and district goals related to delivering “excellence every day for all students by ensuring high impact learning.” This requires a thorough system of standards-driven curriculum, instruction, assessment and grading practices. Under the plan, teams of teachers and administrators would examine student performance data, design and implement standards-driven instruction, and monitor results. The system emphasizes assessment of the curricula as evidence of learning and the necessary “results” to drive on-going curriculum review, revision, and renewal. This process helps ensure that our curriculum is rigorous, relevant, and engaging for students.

Process

  1. Review and Research (One Year): A variety of data is gathered and reviewed to determine what students are learning from the current program, including data related to both growth and achievement. The degree to which the current curriculum is being implemented is also assessed through surveys, interviews, and classroom observations. Feedback may be collected from staff, parents, and students. Finally, our program will be benchmarked against high-achieving programs. If new state content standards are available, those are studied and compared to our current curriculum and programs. A framework will be established for collecting and monitoring appropriate data throughout the implementation procCurriculum Renewal Cycleess.
    Budget Focus: Resources are budgeted for review of data, collection of information, and professional development around new state content standards, if available.
  2. Curriculum Revisions, Recommendations, and Approvals (One Year): Re-vitalize the shared vision for the program content, a scope and sequence or curriculum map of content, instructional guides and common assessments. Make recommendations for instructional materials, including textbook adoptions. Seek appropriate approvals for textbook adoptions.
    Budget Focus: Resources are budgeted for revisions to curriculum and assessments and selection of instructional materials, as well as the purchase of instructional materials and textbooks.
  3. Implementation and Monitoring (Three Years): The curriculum is put into practice with supporting professional development through workshops, grade-level meetings, and department meetings. Academic coaches will also use the coaching cycle to support teachers in implementation. Checkpoints will be used to gather feedback on implementation such as reviews of data, classroom observations, and reviews of lesson and unit plans. Minor revisions may be necessary to the curriculum or to the common assessments.
    Budget Focus: Professional development, coaching and replenishment of instructional materials to support the curriculum and assessment implementation.

 

Five-Year Cycle for Curriculum Renewal At-A-Glance

  • R&R: Review and Research
  • R&A: Revision, Recommendations, and Approvals
  • I&M: Implementation and Monitoring (3 years)

Curriculum Renewal 5 Year Plan

*Revised Ohio’s Learning Standards Available December 2016

**Revised Ohio Learning Standards Available December 2017

***Revised Ohio Learning Standards Available December 2018

 

Roles and Responsibilities

Curriculum Renewal Team
“Think Tank”
Subject Area Vertical Teams
“Content Experts”

Subject Area Focus Teams
“Project-Specific”

  • Examines current trends, sets yearly goals, and monitors long-range plans for curriculum implementation and renewal
  • Coordinates district-wide work curriculum and assessment work between content areas and grade levels
  • Includes representation from building administrators, central office staff, teachers and academic coaches
  • Meets twice each year
  • Includes K-12 teachers to ensure district-wide curriculum coordination and articulation chaired by an Academic Coach
  • Analyzes data to determine the effectiveness of implementation of the curriculum
  • Identifies and develops long-range plans for curriculum and assessment development in the content area
  • Addresses the issues, challenges or needs identified by the vertical team
  • Has short agendas, such as developing a particular grade-level assessment or revising a curriculum document
  • Accomplishes a specific task in a specific period of time
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