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How much control do you have over your curriculum? I watched a school board meeting where parents objected to some 2nd and 3rd grade reading material. They actually liked the material but felt it wasn’t age appropriate. Some blamed teachers, some blamed the district, and some blamed the school board. Now I’m curious. In your district, who makes the call on what you teach and how you teach it?

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I have almost complete control, but I teach a Variety of social studies courses, which aren't on standardized tests, and thus not directly accountable for student "progress". I like the freedom.

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Find the most well respected teachers with the most clout and have them speak on your behave.

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District curriculum director has final decision over the curriculum and some say on what they would like to see when we teach it.

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In my district, the school board chooses based on recommendations by department heads. The teachers have no choice.

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Our district admin make those decisions. We had a recent board meeting where this was brought up. The admin listened and brought info back but was the board was told that they don’t dictate programs. Now in terms of when we are adopting new materials, a committee makes the recommendation and the board does approve the expenditure

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I am paid torevise the curriculum every 5 years. It must be approved by my supervisor and the Board of Ed, but that is usually a rubber stamp in both cases. I've never had them come back with suggested changes to what I've sent to them. But I teach chemistry, so there's not much controversy there.

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Our district drivers are the 21st century skills: creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration - as a district we added character and compassion. As long as those are our focus, we are free to create and innovate in our classrooms! Reading so many answers here, I feel incredibly privileged to be trusted as a professional in my district ❤️

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Right? In my district, we decide as a department what the curriculum will be. We’re pretty free to choose what we want as long as it fits the Idaho Core Standards (Those are the Common Core Standards but the name was changed to appease far right elements in the state legislature. No idea why that worked or how it solved the problem...) Anyway, I was confused to see parents berating the school board over curriculum, which is what made me start wondering and pose the question. I am so astonished at the level of control teachers don’t have. This is mind blowing! I have been naive and sheltered!

I feel fortunate, I have freedom, but ultimately, we decided as a department.

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I work in a great district that allows some teachers in different grades to attend trainings lead by vendors that are well-versed with the curriculum that is being introduced. We then vote on the one we find easier to navigate through and use. We keep in mind of course, that we choose the one that seems beneficial for our students' success.

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GE. teachers do review curriculum provided by publishers during adoption years. Their voices are heard and valued in their respective department meetings. I have not followed how that input is processed when going up the hierarchy to district level.  Other departments beyond core content- SE in particular- seem to have more option around creating their own curriculum. 

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I have almost complete control on meeting my ieps

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District says…..I do…..what’s best for my kids…my kids had 10%gains…..sooooo……

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Being the professional in the room, I decide the course of study. Unless others want to come and help me plan and grade and manage the classroom, those judgment calls are mine.

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Typically we go to presentations, tell them what we want and the curriculum director chooses the cheapest program.

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Our school district.

We don't get any choice, and new laws made it illegal to deviate.

That sounds ___________. (Fill in the blank.) I’ll go first. Fascist.

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School board decides after a few teachers try it out and rate it (so I have been told-being in the district only 4 years). I teach prek and our department choose Highscope and we get grants as well by using that curriculum.

District has final say but….parents can bring their concerns to their schools and then the board.

We have a curriculum counsel that presents all new state standards to the school board. As department meeting, course specific, we then preview new material that will meet the state standards. Pick books and then teach the required content in our own way using the standards we have to meet. Make sense? Lol

I think if you post the standard, and blend the curriculum you’ll be fine. Blend- Using curriculum from publishers, collaborating, or doing it yourself, then when the time is right sharing the material you adapted to students learning languages. 🔐

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