The Board of Education recognizes that curriculum development provides one of the most effective
means of improving the quality of instructional programs. In addition, the curriculum
development process provides opportunity for adjusting the curriculum to meet the needs of the
students and the expectations of the community. The superintendent will initiate curriculum
development through established procedures, which require the various administrative and
professional staff participation at building and district levels and parents/guardians, members of
the community and student involvement. The Board will review and approve each curriculum
guide developed by the district.
The district will provide resources and administrative support for curriculum development,
evaluation and revision. A systematic plan will be established whereby each curricular area will
be reviewed on a regular cycle, based on actual student needs and indications of student mastery.
The basic responsibility for this review process will rest with the Assistant Superintendent of
Curriculum and Instruction and other personnel who are well qualified in the designated area of
study. The individuals will constitute a curriculum review committee for that designated
The curriculum review committees will study, revise and/or develop curriculum and guides for
their specific area of study. During the review process the committee will solicit community and
student opinion relative to the content area. The committee should develop a curriculum that
meets the following guidelines:
► Articulates the curricular content on a districtwide basis, K-12.
► Is written in specific terms which are easily understood and used by the respective
professional staff members.
► Uses effective instructional strategies for presenting materials to the students.
► Uses instructional materials that are effectively coordinated with the curriculum guides.
► Makes use of current supplementary and enrichment materials.
The selection and adoption of instructional materials are primarily based on the programs
described in the curriculum guides developed by the individual curriculum review committees.
It shall be the policy of the Board to encourage meaningful employee participation in the
curriculum, instruction and professional development decision making for the school district. The
superintendent is authorized to establish such committees as necessary to recommend curricular
policies for the proper functioning of the district.
All professional personnel shall be encouraged to assist in the formulation of recommended
educational policies for the district through their committee representative(s). Generally, those
persons on the committee will be those employees who will be most directly affected by the
When curriculum committees are contemplated, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and
Instruction or his/her designee shall distribute to the certificated employees an outline of district
curriculum and instructional committees to be established during that school year. Information
such as the number of persons required, the amount of remuneration, qualities of committee
members being sought and the purpose and expected outcome of the committee should be
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this
section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures
and/or forms for related information.
Revised: 09/10/1998; 10/14/2004
Cross Refs: AD, School District Mission
GBB, Staff Involvement in Decision Making
St. Charles School District, St. Charles, Missouri
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