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By Suzanne Klein on 11/30/2015 2:03 PM

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The following blog post is published with permission from the author, Steven Weber. Connect with Steven on Twitter @curriculumblog. You can read the original post here.

What is a curriculum leader?  A second grade teacher can serve as a curriculum leader. Principals and assistant principals should also be viewed as curriculum leaders.  A central office staff member may have the title of chief academic officer or curriculum director, but that does not mean they are the only curriculum leader in the school district.  Once teachers begin communicating with teachers in the same grade level and make connections with the next level (i.e., middle school and high school transition), students will benefit from increased clarity on the essential learning outcomes.

Curriculum leadership involves working with multiple people to ensure that the curriculum is aligned both horizontally and vertically.  “Curriculum development is the essential function of school leadership.  Whether the role is carried out by a principal, an assistant principal for curriculum, a team leader, a department head, or by leading classroom teachers, the curriculum defines all other roles in a school” (Wiles, 2009, p.2).  This article addresses ten leadership truths that apply to first year teachers as well as veteran curriculum directors at the central office level.

By Suzanne Klein on 5/16/2013 1:11 AM
Have you ever been asked to create curriculum when you felt like you went to school to teach?

In an effort to save money, we have heard some districts are having teachers work collaboratively to design daily lessons for the Common Core. This poses a problem. When are teachers going to find time to create top notch Common Core lessons when they are in classrooms every day?

There are two ways districts think they are saving money. One is they are trying to find free Common Core material for their teachers to use. The other is they are asking their teachers to be curriculum creators. Now don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Districts might save one penny now, but waste pounds of pennies later on when they realize their plan to save money backfired. Read on to hear my opinions on why I believe districts should make curriculum decisions with their eyes wide open.

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