What is Curriculum?

Curriculum is a standards-based learning target sequence of planned experiences where students set goals, practice and achieve proficiency in content and applied learning skills. ... Curriculum must include the necessary goals, methods, materials and assessments (formative and summative) to effectively support instruction and learning. Curriculum is not standards alone or a “program.” 

Methods are the instructional decisions, approaches, procedures, and routines that teachers use to engage all students in meaningful learning. These choices support the facilitation of learning experiences in order to promote a student’s ability to understand and apply content and skills. Methods are differentiated to meet student needs and interests, task demands, and learning environment. Methods are adjusted based on ongoing review of student progress towards meeting the goals. 

Materials are the tools selected to implement methods and achieve the goals of the curriculum. Materials are intentionally chosen to support a student's learning. Material choices reflect a preference for rigor, cultural diversity, world perspectives, and address all types of diverse learners. 

Assessment in a curriculum is the ongoing process of gathering information about a student’s learning. This includes a variety of ways to document what the student knows, understands, and can do with their knowledge and skills. Information from assessment is used to make decisions about instructional approaches, teaching materials, and academic supports needed to enhance opportunities for the student and to guide future instruction.

Programs: A program  determines the learning progress of each subject in all the stages of formal education.  Examples are:  Exact Path, Amplify, Read 180, Lexia.  Programs must be district approved.  

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