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602.14 Curriculum Implementation

Series 600 - Educational Program
Curriculum Implementation Code No. 602.14
Without careful and continuing attention to implementation, planned changes in curriculum and instruction rarely succeed as intended.  How change is put into practice, to a large extent, determines how well it fares.
Implementation refers to what actually happens in practice as compared to what was supposed to happen.  Curriculum implementation includes the provision of organized assistance to staff in order to ensure that the newly developed curriculum and the most powerful instructional strategies are actually delivered at the classroom level.  There are two components of any implementation effort that must be present to guarantee the planned changes in curriculum and instruction succeed as intended:
Understanding the conceptual framework of the content/discipline being implemented; and, Organized assistance to understand the theory, observe exemplary demonstrations, have opportunities to practice, and receive coaching and feedback focused on the most powerful instructional strategies to deliver the content at the classroom level.
The superintendent shall be responsible for curriculum implementation and for determining the most effective way of providing organized assistance and monitoring the level of implementation.  A curriculum framework shall describe the processes and procedures that will be followed to assist all staff in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully implement the developed curriculum in each content area.  See also the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and the District Career Development Plan for more detail on curriculum and staff development.  This framework will, at a minimum, describe the processes and procedures for the following curriculum implementation activities to:
  • Study and identify the best instructional practices and materials to deliver the content;
  • Describe procedures for the purchase of instructional materials and resources  (See Policy 604.7);
  • Study the current status of instruction in the content area  (how teachers are teaching);
  • Compare the desired and present delivery system, identify differences (gap analysis), and develop a plan for addressing the differences; (See CSIP Questions 3 and 4)
  • Organize staff into collaborative learning teams to support their learning and implementation efforts (See the District Career Development Plan);
  • Provide ongoing professional development related to instructional strategies and materials that focuses on theory, demonstration, practice and feedback (See the District Career Development Plan);
  • Regularly monitor and assess the level of implementation (See CSIP Question 4);
  • Communicate with internal and external publics regarding curriculum implementation;
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to keep the board apprised of curriculum implementation activities, progress of each content area related to curriculum implementation activities, and to develop administrative regulations for curriculum implementation including recommendations to the board.
Adoption:  2-10-05
Review: 11-12-09  5-12-14
Revision: 10-12-06
Cross Reference: 101 Educational Philosophy of the School District
105 Long-Range Needs Assessment
505 Student Scholastic Achievement
602.11 Curriculum Development
Legal Reference: 20 U.S.C. § 1232h (1994).  34 C.F.R. pt. 98 (1996).  Iowa Code §§ 216.9, 256.7, 279.8, 280.3-.14 (1999).  281 I.A.C.  12.8(1)(c)(1).