Leading Curriculum Development

ISBN-10: 1412961416

ISBN-13: 9781412961417

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jon Wiles

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Develop curriculum that can transform an ordinary school into a school of excellence! This resource introduces school leaders to dynamic curriculum leadership and a curriculum development process that leads to highly successful school programs. The author demonstrates how administrators can adapt curriculum to meet their schools' changing needs, incorporate emerging technologies, and reflect new and creative ways of thinking about education. The book walks educational leaders through the curriculum development process, showing them how to: Establish a regular curriculum cycle of analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation Create a school curriculum team Develop a path for curriculum improvement
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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 10/23/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Jon Wiles is a highly experienced educator who has provided curriculum leadership to schools and educational agencies for over thirty years. His specialty is the creation and implementation of curriculum plans. Wiles's work as an educational consultant has taken him to hundreds of agencies in more than forty states and a dozen foreign nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Wiles is the author or coauthor of twelve widely used books addressing curriculum and educational leadership. His text, Curriculum Development: A Guide to Practice (Seventh Edition), has been used for nearly thirty years in colleges and universities throughout the world to train curriculum leaders. Other areas of publication by Wiles include teacher training, administration, school supervision, theory of change, politics of education, middle grades education, and technology.

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Preface
List of Figures
Defining Effective Curriculum Leadership
What Is Curriculum?
Curriculum is the Essential Function
Dynamic Curriculum Leadership
School Leaders Must Also Be Curriculum Leaders
The Leader as Helper and Guide
Accepting the Challenge of Curriculum Leadership
Summary
End Notes
Basic Tasks of Curriculum Leadership
Defining the Program
Collarborating for Success
Providing the Path
Coordinating Activity
The Leader's Role
Summary
End Notes
Making Curriculum Purposeful
Finding Your School Philosophy
Techniques for Finding Consensus
If-Then Logic
The Role of Standards and Benchmarks
Clarifying Goals and Objectives
Pre-Assessing School Capacity
Establishing a Destination
Validation as a Critical Element
Summary
Sample Problems and Leader Actions
End Notes
Building the School Curriculum Team
Selecting the Team
Using Committees to Activate Change
Small Groups
Conducting Meetings
Conferencing
Other Methods of Effective Communication
Leadership Style and Climate Formation
Achieving Consensus for School Improvement
Summary
Sample Problems and Leader Actions
End Notes
Constructing the Path for Curriculum Improvement
Visioning
Clarifying the Steps
The Use of Feedback in Curriculum Work
Management and Time-Dating Goals
Standards as Boundaries, Not Goals
Summary
Sample Problems and Leader Actions
End Notes
Detailed Planning to Implement Change
Curriculum Mapping
Alignment Criteria
Standards in the Curriculum
An Emerging Blueprint for School Improvement
Planning Tools That Empower
Summary
Sample Problems and Leader Actions
End Notes
Curriculum Improvement Means Staff Development
Teachers as the Critical Ingedient
Why Many Teachers Dislike Staff Development
Preferred Staff Development Designs
Assessing Staff Development Efforts
A Word About Adult Learners
Curriculum as the Rationale for Staff Development
Summary
Sample Problems and Leader Actions
End Notes
Closing the Circle Through Evaluation
General Functions
A Generic Design
Four Purposes of Evaluation
Eight Areas for Study
Using Technology in Evaluation
Summary
Sample Problems and Leader Actions
End Notes
Coordinating Successful Curriculum Work
Some Reasons for Curriculum Failure
The Elements of a Comprehensive Plan
We're All in This Together
Planning Tools
Reporting to the Board and Superintendent
Timing Is Everything in School Improvement
Program Evaluation and Review
A Bath Tub Filling Up
Boosters That Can Accelerate Change
Summary
Sample Problems and Leader Actions
End Notes
Reproducible Planning Sheets
Standard Curriculum Planning Resources
Curriculum Resources Sites on the Internet
Recommended Resource for Keeping Up-to-Date
Glossary of Terms
References
Index
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