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IGA Curriculum Development


Curriculum Development

Rapid social change, technological development, and expansion of knowledge are facts of contemporary life. Public education must respond appropriately. Therefore, it is imperative that the Veazie Community School and the school committee continuously review and evaluate existing programs and practices, and adjust, modify, or change them as found advantageous in effectively meeting the needs of students and the expectations changing conditions that may require changes in curriculum. The school committee expects all programs to be under continuous evaluation to see that they meet the needs of the children or adults they serve.  At a minimum, the school committee expects all curricula to be reviewed every five years.

The school committee expects the school system to undertake intensive curriculum evaluation and revision in certain areas from time to time as the need for this is demonstrated. The school committee will hear regular reports on district programs and ongoing curriculum study and revision. It will consider recommendations of the staff for intensive curriculum study and may authorize the establishment of committees to work in particular areas.

The school committee expects curricula to:

Be rigorous, relevant, future-focused and clearly articulated;

Be based on state and federal requirements and standards;

Be based on research;

Be based on the principles and beliefs associated with student-centered proficiency based education and to be incorporated in all facets of curricula.

Be designed to accommodate learner choices and anytime, anywhere learning opportunities;

Include clear and measurable learning goals;

Offer multiple pathways for learning;

Provide flexibility to accommodate learner needs;

Promote complex reasoning skills and encourage rigorous habits of mind; and

Include ethical behavior and good citizenship.

As found desirable, the school committee may appoint advisory committees to join with the faculty in examining desirable changes in particular areas.

The Superintendent of Schools shall develop regulations to implement this policy.