Scope and Sequence
SUBLETTE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT #1
Curriculum Organization and Scope
Steering Committee, Curriculum Area Committees, and Curriculum Work
There are two types of committees and two types of teams referenced in this document:
1. District Steering Committee whose membership includes the Superintendent, Administrators, representatives from the Board of Trustees, and all Curriculum Area Chairs. (District Steering Committee Meeting minutes are to be filed with the Superintendent’s Office.)
2. Nine (9) Curriculum Area Committees, one for each content area; all K-12 certified staff participate in at least one curriculum area committee along with one administrator. There are three groups that form the membership of each Curriculum Area Committee:
a. One administrator, either principal or district administrator; (Duty is non-paid)
b. One chairperson, a certified staff member, role may be shared by two certified staff members; (Curriculum Area Committee Chair duty is compensated according to the current Extra Duty Salary Schedule).
c. Other staff identified by the principal of each building; (Duty is non-paid).
3. District Administrative Team whose membership includes the superintendent, and all administrators (special education director, business manager, and curriculum director along with building principals and assistant principals).
4. Building Curriculum Teams whose membership is determined by building principals (Duty is non-paid).
1. The District Steering Committee will meet together a minimum of two times each year. The purpose of these meetings includes review of progress in each curriculum area, the approval of curriculum changes, including textbook adoption, and discussion of processes for each chair to share with curriculum area committees. Minutes will be filed in the Superintendent’s Office.
2. The District Administrative Team will meet as scheduled. These meetings include building updates, discussion of professional development activities and district management issues.
3. Curriculum Area Committee will meet as scheduled by each committee chair and/or administrator. Meeting minutes will be filed in the Curriculum Office.
4. Course or Building Curriculum Teams will meet as managed by building principals. Minutes are at the discretion of each team.
Curriculum Area Committees are formed each year before school starts; building principals identify individuals that serve on each committee. All certified staff participates on at least one committee.
Curriculum Area Committee chairs are identified before April of each year. Chairs are awarded annual compensation to their contracts for responsibilities that extend beyond the school day in accordance with the approved district Extra Duty Salary Schedule. Chair positions remain the same until the position is formally resigned with a signed letter of resignation submitted to the Curriculum Director before April of each year. Committee chairs are integral in the communication between district level initiatives and school level communication/implementation.
Curriculum Area Committee Meeting Times and Dates
In order to minimize meeting conflicts, meeting dates and times are scheduled with committee chairs and/or administrators and the curriculum director by August 20th. This collaborative effort starts with the district administrative team. Meetings can be changed by collaborating with the committee administrator and curriculum director; however, it is recommended that meetings remain as published.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Curriculum Area Committee chairs are responsible for organizing and publishing committee meeting agendas and minutes to committee members. Agendas are collaborative work between the curriculum area committee administrator, the curriculum area committee chair, along with the curriculum director. The curriculum director is utilized as a consultant in this collaborative process and is a member of each curriculum committee. (Minutes of all Curriculum Area Committee meetings are to be filed with the Curriculum Office.)
Direction and Scope
In order to provide consistency and minimize redundancy between schools while interfacing with district goals, collaboration at each level is vital. District curriculum chairs are the communication link between district level initiatives, the curriculum director, and the classroom teacher. Initiatives are generated from a number of levels, from teachers, parents, other district committees, or the Board of Trustees. Direction and scope are identified with the administrative team, the curriculum director, and the superintendent. Direction and scope are then collaborated with the District Steering Committee, and then implemented at the Curriculum Area Committee which is then shared with the Building Curriculum Teams.
New Initiatives and Change
Curriculum is evolving as national, state, and local requirements change. Maintaining a systematic process of change is essential to the overall viability of the curriculum system. Changes to curriculum and assessment follow a process as identified below:
1. Classroom teacher à Content/Building Curriculum Teamsà Principal à Curriculum Area Committee à District Steering Committee à Board of Trustees
2. Board of Trustees à District Steering Committee à Curriculum Area Committees à Principal à Content/Building Curriculum Teams à Classroom Teacher