The core work of a school district is the review, development and implementation of curriculum.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kris Raitzer and Director of Learning Michelle Jackson provided an update on the content areas currently in the review cycle: Science, World Language, English Language Arts, Visual Arts, and Physical Education/Health.
“It’s not simply about choosing a program or resources. It’s truly about the collaboration, with representation from all levels including high school, to consider how we each play a part in growing student learning that is cohesive and coherent,” she said. “This is the research and development of our organization.”
Each content area follows a similar timeline of review:
- Year 1 & 2 – A curriculum review committee – including representatives from each grade level and school as well as a representative from Glenbrook North – embark on a comprehensive look at current research and trends in the field, achievement data and survey data to identify strengths and consider goals for improvement. In year two, the committee determines curriculum updates and/or selects new curriculum.
- Year 3 - New curriculum is implemented alongside professional development. Each school’s leadership team monitors implementation and student progress.
- Years 4-7 - The curriculum is monitored and adjusted as necessary. The curricular areas are planned out in staggered multi-year cycles.
The Science Committee and Physical Education/Health Committee are completing year 2, and will make curriculum recommendations to the board in May. World Language, English Language Arts and Visual Arts reviews are completing year 1.