CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

The Brunswick School Department is dedicated to academic excellence. We value parental and community partnerships in helping our students become healthy and successful life-long learners and compassionate citizens.
-Cheryl White, Administrative Consultant (319-1900)
-John Paige, Curriculum Coordinator (319-1900)

BRUNSWICK SCHOOL DEPARTMENT CURRICULUM
(click on each subject below to see all curriculum units)

BUSINESS and COMPUTER SCIENCE
CAREER PREPARATION
CONSUMER and LIFE STUDIES
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (writing adopted 8/2011)
GUIDANCE
HEALTH
MATH (adopted 8/2011)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
VISUAL and PERFORMING ARTS
WORLD LANGUAGES

DISTRICT CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION & ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE (CIAC)

This advisory committee holds regular monthly meetings with the Curriculum Coordinator in order to review and refine proposed district curricula and embedded common assessments.

GOALS:

  • promote and maintain district curriculum in the Understanding by Design format.
  • serve as editors and proofreaders for K-12 curriculum proposals and revisions

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • provide K-12 input regarding curriculum development and coordination
  • provide K-12 input regarding the implementation of common assessments, proficiency standards and performance indicators as they pertain to our curriculum
  • make recommendations for professional development and summer work
  • attend the monthly meetings of the committee

BENEFITS:

  • link high quality curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • provide avenue for critical feedback on pertinent curriculum, instruction and assessment issues
  • ensure a link between professional development, curriculum, instruction and assessment needs

CONTENT AREA REVIEW CYCLE PROCESS
Under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools, the district Curriculum Coordinator will recommend to the School Board all K-12 curriculum revisions for review and adoption.

Most K-12 curriculum work takes place during a three-phase review cycle. Each phase make take up to two years to complete. The work begins with the formation of a content area committee comprised of a cross section of K-12 teachers not to exceed 14 members.

Phase 1: Research, Review, and Recommend
The content area committee will look at student data, current curricula, research and resources:

  • How does what we are doing now correlate with the research?
  • Does what we are currently doing align with all required state and national standards?

This committee will recommend curricula revisions and resources:

  • What budgetary considerations are needed to address the recommendations?
  • Is all curricula written in the Understanding by Design format?
  • What professional development offerings are needed to support curricula shifts?

Phase 2: Presentation of Findings and Adoption Procedures
The content area committee will present their proposed curriculum revisions to:

  • The Curriculum Instruction & Assessment Committee (CIAC). This committee serves as a peer review and editorial panel. When the CIAC signs off on the revised curriculum, it then moves on to:
  • The Curriculum Subcommittee of the School Board. Once their questions and any concerns have been addressed, they then present the revised curriculum to the full School Board for approval and adoption.

Phase 3: Implement & Monitor
Once a new curriculum has been adopted, it becomes the responsibility of the teaching staff to deliver the revised curriculum to all students. Principals and Department Chairs are responsible for overseeing teacher compliance and any required staff training.

  • How does what we are doing now correlate with the research?
  • What does the revised curriculum look like in the classroom and how is it working?
  • Student achievement data will be analyzed to see how the revised curriculum is impacting student learning.

Note: Sometimes, the changing needs of our students or the changing requirements of state and federal mandates necessitate the need to adjust a component of our curriculum outside of the confines of a full K-12 review as outlined above. In such cases, under the direction of the School Superintendent, the district Curriculum Coordinator may work with a smaller group of teachers from the department in question to develop the proposed revisions or new course/unit. In such cases, however, the work involved still needs to go through all of the steps listed in Phase 2 of the Content Review Cycle.

MEMBERS:
K-2 Teacher (Brenda Shea)
3-5 Teacher (Andrea Wilson)
6-8 Teacher (Suzi Ring)
9-12 Teacher (Lynette Kiernan-Ghoreyeb)
Special Education Teacher (Margaret Dalrymple)
Building Administrator (Shanna Crofton)
Grade 10 Student
Curriculum Coordinator (John Paige)
Assistant Superintendent (Pender Makin)

Content Area Review Cycle 2015

MAINE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

MAINE STATE LEARNING RESULTS

MEA (Maine Educational Association)

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