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Leading Curriculum Development



© 2009 | 192 pages | Corwin

"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.

 
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

"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

"A timely addition to the field of school improvement. The author creates a blueprint of easy-to-apply ideas and strategies that every school leader will find accessible and useful."

Lyndon Oswald, Principal
Sandcreek Middle School, Idaho Falls, ID

Book is accessible and well written, however the content did not align well with the learning objectives of my doctoral course.

Patrick Jenlink
Secondary Leadership Educ Dept, Stephen F Austin State University
May 11, 2013

Did not teach the course ultimately.

Mrs Elizabeth Speed
Teacher Education Dept, University of Texas - El Paso
March 11, 2013
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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1. Defining Effective Curriculum Leadership


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