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Leading Curriculum Development

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.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412961417
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2008
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: October 23, 2008

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Description

Description

"A book that every practitioner should own. The author has managed to describe the complex process of curriculum development in plain English."
—John Lundt, Professor of Educational Leadership
University of Montana

Develop a curriculum that can transform an ordinary school into a school of excellence!

Curriculum development, an essential part of educational leadership, helps schools establish purpose, define activities, and guide decision making. This thought-provoking how-to resource helps leaders make sound choices and develop constructive policies as they guide a school team through this critical school improvement effort.

Written by an expert in the field, this handbook introduces educational leaders to dynamic curriculum leadership and a curriculum development process that leads to highly successful school programs. The author demonstrates how administrators can adapt curriculum to meet their school's changing needs, incorporate emerging technologies, and reflect new and creative ways of thinking about education. The book walks educational leaders through the process, showing them how to:

  • Move beyond maintenance and management to address short- and long-term school reform
  • Create a school curriculum team
  • Establish a regular curriculum cycle of analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Develop a path for curriculum improvement

Filled with case studies, sample challenges and solutions, planning sheets, and more, Leading Curriculum Development is a much-needed guide for designing academic programs that lead to excellence in student achievement.


Key features

  • Full-page, point-to-point descriptions of how to accomplish tasks
  • Organized around basic tasks and the theme of "getting started"
  • Work problems at end of chapters to practice skills learned
  • Case studies to focus on curriculum challenges
  • Checklists for completing tasks
  • Tools for upgrading the reader's knowledge base
Author(s)

Author(s)

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Jon W. Wiles

Jon Wiles is a highly experienced educator who has provided curriculum leadership to schools and educational agencies for over thirty years. His specialty is the creation and implementation of curriculum plans. Wiles’s work as an educational consultant has taken him to hundreds of agencies in more than forty states and a dozen foreign nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Wiles is the author or coauthor of twelve widely used books addressing curriculum and educational leadership. His text, Curriculum Development: A Guide to Practice (Seventh Edition), has been used for nearly thirty years in colleges and universities throughout the world to train curriculum leaders. Other areas of publication by Wiles include teacher training, administration, school supervision, theory of change, politics of education, middle grades education, and technology.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments


About the Author


Preface


List of Figures


1. Defining Effective Curriculum Leadership

What Is Curriculum?

Curriculum is the Essential Function

Dynamic Curriculum Leadership

School Leaders Must Also Be Curriculum Leaders

The Leader as Helper and Guide

Accepting the Challenge of Curriculum Leadership

Summary

End Notes

2. Basic Tasks of Curriculum Leadership

Defining the Program

Collarborating for Success

Providing the Path

Coordinating Activity

The Leader's Role

Summary

End Notes

3. Making Curriculum Purposeful

Finding Your School Philosophy

Techniques for Finding Consensus

If-Then Logic

The Role of Standards and Benchmarks

Clarifying Goals and Objectives

Pre-Assessing School Capacity

Establishing a Destination

Validation as a Critical Element

Summary

Sample Problems and Leader Actions

End Notes

4. Building the School Curriculum Team

Selecting the Team

Using Committees to Activate Change

Small Groups

Conducting Meetings

Conferencing

Other Methods of Effective Communication

Leadership Style and Climate Formation

Achieving Consensus for School Improvement

Summary

Sample Problems and Leader Actions

End Notes

5. Constructing the Path for Curriculum Improvement

Visioning

Clarifying the Steps

The Use of Feedback in Curriculum Work

Management and Time-Dating Goals

Standards as Boundaries, Not Goals

Summary

Sample Problems and Leader Actions

End Notes

6. Detailed Planning to Implement Change

Curriculum Mapping

Alignment Criteria

Standards in the Curriculum

An Emerging Blueprint for School Improvement

Planning Tools That Empower

Summary

Sample Problems and Leader Actions

End Notes

7. Curriculum Improvement Means Staff Development

Teachers as the Critical Ingedient

Why Many Teachers Dislike Staff Development

Preferred Staff Development Designs

Assessing Staff Development Efforts

A Word About Adult Learners

Curriculum as the Rationale for Staff Development

Summary

Sample Problems and Leader Actions

End Notes

8. Closing the Circle Through Evaluation

General Functions

A Generic Design

Four Purposes of Evaluation

Eight Areas for Study

Using Technology in Evaluation

Summary

Sample Problems and Leader Actions

End Notes

9. Coordinating Successful Curriculum Work

Some Reasons for Curriculum Failure

The Elements of a Comprehensive Plan

We're All in This Together

Planning Tools

Reporting to the Board and Superintendent

Timing Is Everything in School Improvement

Program Evaluation and Review

A Bath Tub Filling Up

Boosters That Can Accelerate Change

Summary

Sample Problems and Leader Actions

End Notes

Resource A. Reproducible Planning Sheets


Resource B. Standard Curriculum Planning Resources


Resource C. Curriculum Resources Sites on the Internet


Resource D. Recommended Resource for Keeping Up-to-Date


Resource E. Glossary of Terms


References


Index


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