District 33 has had strong curriculum development at the elementary and middle school levels, respectively. As we continue to meet the needs of all students, the curriculum needs to maintain alignment not only with the Common Core Learning Standards but as a PreK-8 system as well. To assist us with this process, the district has developed a partnership with the Curriculum Leadership Institute.
What is the Curriculum Leadership Institute (CLI)?
Curriculum Leadership Institute (CLI) is a non-for-profit organization of curriculum specialists who have developed a model of school district reform and restructure. The Institute's restructuring model is a systemic approach that includes: (1) a strong theory base, (2) a comprehensive academic program governance component, (3) techniques for converting traditional curriculum patterns into results-based formats, and (4) processes for instruction and evaluation of student performance that are compatible with a results-based philosophy.
What is the Curriculum Coordinating Council (CCC)?
One of the very first steps in the curriculum development process is to establish a Curriculum Coordinating Council (CCC), which is a representative group of district personnel and a board member that advises the Board of Education, through the Superintendent, in matters concerning curriculum, instruction and assessment. All professional decisions pertaining to curriculum, instruction and assessment must be reviewed and approved by the CCC before recommendation. This means the CCC also serves as a communication link among the certified staff, Superintendent and Board of Education, and promotes and encourages communication among buildings and levels within the district. The CCC directs the work of all Subject Area Committees (SAC) and appoints and directs any other committees necessary for the development, implementation and long-term evaluation of curriculum, instruction and assessment. The CCC does not make managerial decisions related to buildings, personnel, budgets or other agenda items reserved for the administrative team, building principals or site councils.
Who IS CCC?
Top left to right: Nancy Cordes, Kristina Davis, Beth Walrath, Rhonda Renfro, Jane Kubisak, Eric Godoy
Middle left to right: Pat Roszkowski, Sandy Warner, Barb Clark, Diane Lincoln, Lillian Figueroa, Marion Binet, Pam Nelson, Deb Clifford, Christine Wells
Seated left to right: Karen Apostoli, Rosi Gutierrez, Gloria Trejo, Kathy Grogan, Nancy Huser (not pictured—Gina Grupe, Brenda Vishanoff)