The CLI Model is a comprehensive, in-depth process our consultants follow to help schools achieve curriculum development and alignment goals. Because our process has stood the rigor of time, we know how to work within an evolving educational system. Once we help you create a governing framework, walking you through the process, you will have a methodology that has the potential to revolutionize your school district’s approach to curriculum development far into the future.
Governance is the structure for overseeing the curriculum, instruction, and assessment phases of learning. It is the foundation that each district needs in order to be successful in all other phases. The first step in laying the foundation is the creation of a curriculum policy, which establishes a Curriculum Coordinating Council (CCC).
Council duties then include such things as creating a curriculum policy and long-range plan; making decisions about teacher implementation requirements, grading, mastery, and assessments; looking at the district mission statement; creating open lines of communication; and integrating appropriate staff development. Pathways to School Improvement, on the left tab, shows a more detailed version of the steps involved in creating this foundation. You may also visit the E-Hint section of our website or simply contact us to learn more!
CLI consultants guide districts through the process of creating a local, research-based K-12 curriculum that is aligned horizontally, vertically, and with state or other required standards. Remember, standards are NOT curriculum!
The Curriculum Coordinating Council (CCC) chooses subject area committees (SACs) that will remain intact through an entire curriculum cycle. The SAC meets regularly in the first year in order to create the curriculum and then less often in subsequent years when the curriculum is in place. Once the curriculum has been validated (during the second year of the cycle), the district can begin collecting various types of data to inform instruction and assessment.
Our E-Hint section features many curriculum articles that describe parts of the SAC process. To view the steps in the SAC process, refer to Pathways to School Improvement tab to the left or contact us to learn more!
Once the curriculum is in place, the next steps in the model consist of creating a pacing guide, organizing teaching materials, and building an Instructional Planning Resource (IPR) to facilitate daily planning.
CLI’s IPR is a valuable tool containing information pertaining to outcomes, criteria, assessment, teaching methods, student activities, and resources.
During this phase of the model, all subject-area teachers go through staff development in order to ensure lessons are directly aligned to the new curriculum. Step 10 of Pathways to School Improvement explains the process in more detail (see left tab). Information regarding the instruction phase of the model can also be found in many of our E-Hints, or you can contact us !
The final phase of the curriculum cycle is creating and validating common assessments aligned to the new local curriculum. During this phase, the subject area committee (SAC) will receive detailed training in the areas of test construction, test administration, and scoring.
Most districts will complete assessment validation within the fourth year of the curriculum cycle. To see the steps of the model in more detail, see Pathways to School Improvement. Information regarding assessment can also be found in many of our E-Hints, or contact us to learn more!