Curriculum can have different meanings depending on what we are talking about. Dictionaries often define curriculum as the courses offered by a school, but it is much more than that.
The term curriculum can refer to the lessons and academic content taught in a school and/or in a specific course or program. It encompasses the knowledge and skills students are expected to learn, which includes the learning standards or learning objectives they are expected to meet.
An individual teacher’s curriculum, for example, would be the specific learning standards, lessons, assignments, and materials used to organize and teach a particular course.
It can also refer to the units and lessons that teachers teach; the assignments and projects given to students; the books, materials, videos, presentations, and readings used in a course; and the tests, assessments, and other methods used to evaluate student learning.
At the district level, curriculum work involves making sure that the individual courses or classroom standards, assessments and materials are aligned in a way that supports students learning and development in all content areas from Kindergarten through graduation.
If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to Mark Ernst, Curriculum Director.