Let’s take a closer look at our curricula through an evaluative lens–like the eyes of a teacher. Most teachers outline competencies or other objective measures as a way to evaluate student performance. Over the next few blogs let’s establish some criteria for evaluating our curriculum. Ultimately, we want to answer the question of what to do with the curriculum(s). I think we have three choices: let them be, revise them, or get a current one. But in between we have to measure them to provide our feedback (actions).
Looking forward another few weeks, we will get some discussion going on the skill sets of curricula. But before we start talking about planning curriculum changes, revising curriculum, or implementing curriculum (three of the pillars of skills for a great education administrator, in my humble opinion), let’s start our discussion on grading curriculum. I propose that we evaluate curriculum against a set of core competencies that define a quality curriculum that, in other words, gets an A!
Here is what I think a curriculum should do and do well:
I’d use this qualitative assessment. What about you? What would you add or subtract?