Curriculum Maps

  • The term curriculum conveys many things to many people.  Perceptions of the term may vary since curriculum encompasses more than a simple definition.  Curriculum is a key element in the educational process; its scope is extremely broad, and it touches virtually everyone who is involved with teaching and learning.

    Accordingly, an exemplary curriculum guide is a tool that assists in planning and implementing a high quality instructional program.  A comprehensive curriculum:

    • is a set of overarching goals that guide an entire program.
    • establishes sequences both within and between levels and assures a coherent and articulated progression from grade to grade.
    • outlines a basic framework for what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and how to determine  if it has been achieved.
    • allows for flexibility and encourages experimentation and innovation within an overall structure.
    • promotes interdisciplinary approaches and the integration of curricula when appropriate.
    • suggests methods of assessing the achievement of the program’s goals and objectives.