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The End of the School Year is in Sight

Yes, the end of the school year is in sight. Teachers are worried about finishing the curriculum, checking in books, taking down the posters from the walls, entering grades, and all of their other year-end tasks. Administrators are ticking items off of their own lists and sending out reminders and final instructions for the last days of school even as they contemplate their summer worklists. Everyone is anticipating liberation from this school year. This is a typical ending for many schools across the country. There is just a seemingly abrupt ending followed by a collective sigh.

But, what if it was different?Read More

The Excitement and Challenge of Beginning a New School Year

Reviewing the status of ongoing initiatives and planning for the current year should become routine. In the years following the development of curriculum documents, the implementation of curriculum, and the writing of assessments, there are often other initiatives that must come into play to further improve student learning. While we at Curriculum Leadership Institute (CLI), caution school districts about starting too many initiatives at once, there is a time and place where outside support for improving instructional strategies, improving the implementation of a new resource, using data analysis strategies to effectively critique our efforts, or other needs must be addressed.Read More

Checklists to Begin the School Year

Welcome back! The start of another school year is rapidly approaching and it’s time to plan for success! All faculty members have responsibilities that impact the rest of the district. Whether you are a CCC or SAC member, administrator, teacher, or district office staff, the school improvement process involves you! The following checklists will help keep you on track from the first day of school through the last. Curriculum Coordinating …Read More

End-of-the-Year Checklists

Here it is! The end of the school year is looming large on the horizon ahead of us. The push is accelerating to make sure tasks and documents are complete before teachers leave for the summer, and that everything is arranged so that planning and organizing can occur for the next school year.Read More

CLI Checklist for Administrators

Sometimes administrators are unable to serve as members of the Curriculum Coordinating Council or Subject Area Committees. In these cases it is important to remember that their assistance in the curriculum development process is essential. The following checklist details what all administrators should be doing within each year of the CLI Model.Read More