Parents, guardians, and community members have a number of ways to participate in our curriculum review and revision process.
Curriculum Review Committee (CRC)
This Board-approved committee, which includes students, teachers, parents, and community members, meets several times a year to hear updates from curriculum committees and offer feedback about progress. The work of this committee pertains specifically to efforts in the Curriculum Development stage of our six-year cycle. All meetings will be from 4:15-5:30, held in the Conference Room at our Administrative Services Center (ASC) - 11289 Manchester Rd. Documents will be shared with Curriculum Review Committee members in advance, allowing early review and maximizing our meeting time together. Dates for CRC meetings are listed below.
- December 11 - Brief introduction of each curricular area in development, with info shared about thinking and work done thus far. Ten minutes for each area, including questions
- February 5 and March 5 - Curricula split into two meetings, allowing additional time and focus on each area. Curricula will be examined intentionally through lenses of equity, culture, social-emotional learning. Additional guests/experts may be invited to listen in and offer thoughts
- April 1 and April 29 - Again split across two meetings, curricula are brought before the committee for final input and review before going to the Board of Education
Members of the Curriculum Review Committee will differentiate the purpose and origins of standards, curriculum, and programs.
- Standards are typically written at the state level, with most aligned in some fashion to research-based standards developed by national or international groups. Our curricula are written by our teachers, working with district-level facilitators.
- Curricula includes "what" we teach to address standards and provides guidance about how and in what sequence to teach (scope and sequence).
- Many times we will purchase programs or instructional resources to inform and/or support delivery of curriculum. Our teachers and administrators work through a vetting and selection process before recommending purchase of programs, often developed and sold by outside vendors.
Minutes from Curriculum Review Committee meetings will be posted on this site following each meeting.
Members of curriculum advisory teams have the opportunity to review revised/proposed curriculum in an ongoing manner, prior to presentation to the Curriculum Review Committee. Parents or community members who participate in this capacity will be aligned with a specific area of curriculum that is currently in the Curriculum Development stage of work. Advisors may also be sought to offer feedback during a resource adoption process, if external resources are being considered for purchase.
Parent/community advisors may be identified by members of the subject area curriculum committee and may include parents and community members who do not have children in the schools. Curriculum committees are encouraged to include individuals with expertise in the content area. Efforts should be made to include diverse voices and perspectives in this role.
Feedback from the parent/community advisors should be reviewed and, when appropriate, acted upon before final decisions are made.
Survey, Focus Group, or Interview Feedback
During the Program Evaluation stage of our six-year cycle, parents, students, alumni, and community members will have opportunities to offer feedback about current curriculum and instruction in a given course or content. Survey and/or interview feedback about current practices will inform future decisions, throughout Research and Curriculum Development. Data gathered during Program Evaluation may lead to follow-up and/or clarifying interviews or focus groups during the Research stage of work.
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Bryan Painter, Liz Grana, or Judy Suchanek at 314-213-6104. Please note that we are no longer accepting names for the 2019-2020 Curriculum Review Committee.