Leading Curriculum Development

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-23
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr
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This resource shows educators how to establish dynamic curriculum leadership and develop a curriculum that will transform an ordinary school into a school of excellence.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
About the Authorp. ix
Defining Effective Curriculum Leadershipp. 1
What Is Curriculum?p. 2
Curriculum Is the Essential Functionp. 2
Curriculum Maintenancep. 4
Dynamic Curriculum Leadershipp. 7
School Leaders Must Also Be Curriculum Leadersp. 10
The Leader as Helper and Guidep. 11
Accepting the Challenge of Curriculum Leadershipp. 12
Summaryp. 12
End Notesp. 12
Basic Tasks of Curriculum Leadershipp. 13
Defining the Programp. 14
Collaborating for Successp. 16
Providing the Pathp. 18
Coordinating Activityp. 20
The Leader's Rolep. 21
Summaryp. 22
End Notesp. 22
Making Curriculum Purposefulp. 23
Finding Your School Philosophyp. 24
Techniques for Finding Consensusp. 24
If-Then Logicp. 26
The Role of Standards and Benchmarksp. 27
Clarifying Goals and Objectivesp. 28
Pre-Assessing School Capacityp. 29
Establishing a Destinationp. 30
Validation as a Critical Elementp. 31
Summaryp. 32
Sample Problem and Leader Actionsp. 33
End Notesp. 35
Building the School Curriculum Teamp. 37
Selecting the Teamp. 37
Using Committees to Activate Changep. 39
Small Groupsp. 41
Conducting Meetingsp. 42
Conferencingp. 43
Other Methods for Effective Communicationp. 44
Leadership Style and Climate Formationp. 45
Achieving Consensus for School Improvementp. 47
Summaryp. 48
Sample Problem and Leader Actionsp. 49
End Notesp. 51
Constructing the Path for Curriculum Improvementp. 53
Determining the Visionp. 53
Clarifying the Stepsp. 61
The Use of Feedback in Curriculum Workp. 62
Management and Time-Dating Goalsp. 64
Standards as Boundaries, Not Goalsp. 68
Summaryp. 68
Sample Problem and Leaders Actionsp. 70
End Notesp. 72
Detailed Planning to Implement Changep. 73
Curriculum Mappingp. 73
Alignment Criteriap. 77
Standards in the Curriculump. 79
An Emerging Blueprint for School Improvementp. 80
Planning Tools That Empowerp. 81
Summaryp. 84
Sample Problem and Leader Actionsp. 85
End Notesp. 86
Curriculum Improvement Means Staff Developmentp. 87
Teachers as the Critical Ingredientp. 87
Why Many Teachers Dislike Staff Developmentp. 88
Preferred Staff Development Designsp. 90
Assessing Staff Development Effortsp. 93
A Word About Adult Learnersp. 94
Curriculum as the Rationale for Staff Developmentp. 96
Summaryp. 96
Sample Problem and Leader Actionsp. 98
End Notesp. 99
Closing the Circle Through Evaluationp. 101
General Functionsp. 101
A Generic Designp. 102
The Purpose of Evaluationp. 104
Eight Areas for Studyp. 105
Using Technology in Evaluationp. 108
Summaryp. 109
Sample Problem and Leader Actionsp. 110
End Notesp. 111
Coordinating Successful Curriculum Workp. 113
Some Reasons for Curriculum Failurep. 113
The Elements of a Comprehensive Planp. 115
We're All in This Togetherp. 115
Planning Toolsp. 116
Reporting to the Board and Superintendentp. 120
Timing Is Everything in School Improvementp. 121
Program Evaluation and Reviewp. 122
A Bathtub Filling Upp. 123
Boosters That Can Accelerate Change in Schoolsp. 124
Summaryp. 124
Sample Problem and Leader Actionsp. 125
End Notesp. 126
Reproducible Planning Sheetsp. 127
Standard Curriculum Planning Resourcesp. 154
Curriculum Resource Sites on the Internetp. 159
Reading for Greater Understandingp. 165
Glossaryp. 168
Suggested Readingp. 173
Indexp. 175
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