The work of evaluating, researching and selecting curriculum is done by a representative group based on the subject area/program being explored, reviewed or developed. The curriculum committee's composition may change in accordance with the phase of the cycle and the need for specialists.
Organization of Curriculum Committees
Subject area/program curriculum committee representatives are selected on an annual basis. Representatives are based on the following:
- Interest, experience and expertise of the individual relative to the specific curricular areas are considered when selecting representatives.
- Representation from each campus is required as appropriate to the scope of work. Attention will be paid to balancing representation as needed.
- A building/district administrator/supervisor will serve on the committee, if applicable.
- As deemed appropriate, certified specialists in counseling, library media, technology, special education, reading,etc. will be consulted with and/or serve on the committee.
- In most cases, co-chairs will be the District Supervisors and/or teachers.
- The Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction will oversee and coordinate activities of all curriculum committees.
Roles and Responsibilities in the Curriculum Development Process
Committee Chair(s) will:
- Serve as a content and process specialist;
- Contact local, state and national organizations for standards, goals, best practices;
- Disseminate research data to committee members and assign reading to members, as appropriate;
- Arrange school visits as needed;
- Lead discussion groups on implications of research, as appropriate;
- Invite other staff (technology specialist, reading specialist, librarians, etc.) to provide input as needed;
- Seek out specialists, as appropriate, to provide input for professional discussion in the content area;
- Work with administrator/co-chair to schedule and conduct meetings;
- Ensure the committee incorporates ways in which technology improves instruction in the content area;
- Share responsibility for the timely completion of the products for the committee members, materials/textbook selection, professional development, and implementation;
- Lead discussion on qualities in text/materials which are needed to support quality instruction;
- Oversee evaluation and identification of materials recommended for adoption;
- Examine issues related to differentiated instruction;
- Co-lead any presentation to the Board of Education.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction will:
- Coordinate plans for curriculum and program review
- Serve as a process specialist
- Establish parameters for the committee
- Meet with the co-chairs regularly
- Serve as ex-officio member of subject area committees
- Submit information to the Curriculum Council and Board of Education for review;
- Work with building administration to develop a budget that meets the needs of the curricular area;
- Assist with coordination of professional development;
- Establish the committee membership with the assistance of the Curriculum Council
- Share responsibility for coordinating the products of the committee;
- Contact appropriate parties to provide professional development as needed;
- Assist with the contact of publishers to acquire materials as needed;
- Provide the resources and data needed to complete the responsibilities of the committee.