New Course Proposal Process

  • Every seven to eight years our district engages in a formal review of each of the core curricular areas.  This process ensures alignment of our programs to current state standards.  It provides a review of the entire curricular area at all grade levels including materials used, curriculum outcomes, course requirements, time allocation and assessments.  Often this process has generated the need for creating new course or revising existing classes. 

    This year secondary principals worked with the Curriculum Department to develop a process for vetting new courses that are being developed outside of an established program review.  The process was developed using the guidelines established by the Elementary Program and Innovations Committee.  Key steps include:
    1.    Identify the need of the course (student interest, new requirements, teacher interest).
    2.    Use the new course rubric as a guide for developing the course proposal.
    3.    Work with the subject department chair and principal to determine the long and short term impacts of the proposed course on other courses or schools in the district.
    4.    If the program has a large-scale impact, a plan needs to be developed and implemented with the district curriculum department to ensure articulation K-12 and resolve any potential negative impacts on other schools/programs.
    5.    Complete the new course proposal form (use the New Course Proposal Rubric as a guide in development) – a recommendation for approval needs to be signed by department chair, site council, and principal prior to being submitted to the curriculum department.

    Course Impact

    The impact of a course needs to be determined using the following guide:

    Small Scale

    Medium Scale

    Large Scale

    ·   No long-range implications for other staff

    ·   Little or no impact on current or future program, instruction, or curriculum

    ·   Little or no impact on technology department

    ·   Little or no impact on facilities

    ·   Potential long-range implications for other staff within a school

    ·   Moderate impact on current or future program, instruction, and/or curriculum

    ·   Moderate impact on technology department

    ·   Moderate impact on facilities

    ·   Long-range implications for other grade levels, courses and other schools

    ·   Impact on current and future program, instruction, and/or curriculum

    ·   Impact on current technology department

    ·   Impact on facilities

    Building Decision-Making Process

    Principal Approval

    *All courses need School Board & C&I approval

    ·         Building Decision-Making Process

    ·         Principal Approval

    ·         Technology Department Approval

    ·         Facilities Department Approval

     

    *All courses need School Board & C&I approval

    ·         Principal Approval

    ·         Technology Department Approval

    ·         Facilities Department Approval

    ·         District Decision Making Process

     

    *All courses need School Board & C&I approval