Curriculum Renewal and Design Process
Through collaborative efforts amongst stakeholder groups, the Whitefish Bay School District designs and renews our PreK to 12th grade curriculum every 6-7 years. In our quest to be the "exceptional place to learn," we continue to compare our work and results to those of local, regional, national benchmark districts as well as our global, high exceeding nations, though a comprehensive renewal and design process. We continue to strive to offer the best curriculum resources to support evidenced based instructional practices in all of our classrooms. The School Board has policies and practices that the district follows to ensure local control of the process.
Overview of the Process
All curricular areas will be systematically updated with learning expectations, reformatted as specific learning content and performance standards for students. The school district has a cycle defined for when this takes place.
- Through an established PreK-12 committee, a review of the current evidenced-based research as defined by respected educational researchers, recent and updated standards, State assessment information and current student achievement data and trends takes place.
- PreK-12 Committee establishes mission, goals and beliefs for the content area. These are reviewed and approved by the district's Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC), and at the Board level, usually in the late Fall or Early Winter. These goals and beliefs guide the committee's work towards reviewing updated curriculum resources.
- PreK-12 Committee educators participate in curriculum writing to devise unit of study plans and to talior instructional learning targets for our Whitefish Bay students.
- PreK-12 Committee reviews updated curriculum resources. Selection is based off of criteria established by the Director of Teaching and Learning and the committee. Locally, each district selects any resources or instructional materials through our evaluation cycle. Recommendations for resources go to the Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC) and then to the Board for approval, usually in the Spring of the school year.
- During the following fall, curriculum writing and resources are implemented in our classrooms. During this time, changes might take place in common assessments and report cards to align to our new curriculum design and resources.
- Program reconsiderations and adjustments are made throughout the remaining years to ensure curriculum fidelity in implementation.
Please see the recently reviewed curriculum area report located on the right side of this website.