ERIC Number: ED460141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Ensuring the Viability of Curriculum Mapping in a School Improvement Plan.
Mills, Michael S.
This paper focuses on the initial phase of a curriculum mapping program as part of the development of a state-mandated school improvement plan. Mapping, a system of curriculum analysis and subsequent alignment, has been cited as a valuable component of curriculum renewal and staff development that has positive impacts on student achievement and teacher job satisfaction. Arkansas has mandated that curriculum mapping be an integral component of the Arkansas Consolidated School Improvement Plan process, but has left school districts with no formal or structured guidance for this aspect of school improvement planning. This paper attempts to address concerns of administrators and teachers mired in this stage of the school improvement process. It shares various observations and suggests some guidelines relative to the strategic implementation of a curriculum mapping plan within the framework of the school improvement process. Particular areas of concern include: (1) districtwide efforts to account for site-based flexibility; (2) development of a unified computer curriculum mapping database; (3) guidelines for securing staff adoption of a curriculum mapping proposal; and (4) long-term planning aimed at increasing staff interest and commitment. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas