Crafting flexible curriculum requires thinking beyond out-of-the-box approaches

Education Dive | January 23, 2019

Crafting flexible curriculum requires thinking beyond out-of-the-box approaches
California's Exeter Unified School District shifted its curriculum to buoy reading and math scores, hiring an outside consultant to help revamp reading intervention, add a 1:1 program, and integrate furniture that supported more collaborative learning, Superintendent Tim Hire wrote for eSchoolNews.Students were also given more autonomy in what they wanted to read, whether fiction or nonfiction, and educators can now more easily track student work and assess in real-time rather than once a quarter.This approach is also now used in math classes, encouraging students to locate multiple paths to get to their answer rather than one "correct" method, with scores rising 4.57% on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress.Out-of-the-box curriculum models rarely work as written. Schools, after all, are hardly homogenized — they differ depending on the region they’re located, the students attending them, and the communities they serve. Curriculum instructors often play the role of tinkerers, finding what works for their schools and what needs to be changed for students to get the best outcomes.

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