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Curriculum Leadership

Curriculum Leadership
Strategies for Development and Implementation

Fourth Edition

© 2016 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Creating an innovative and successful curriculum

Curriculum Leadership: Strategies for Development and Implementation, Fourth Edition is a one-of-a-kind resource written for educational leaders— administrators and teachers— who want to successfully restructure and enhance school curriculum. The authors provide innovative and successful curriculum ideas that readers can easily implement into their curriculum through reflective case studies. Also interspersed throughout the book are tried and true strategies that provide administrators with innovative ideas on meeting state and national standards.

This is a much needed, highly informative, and easy-to-read account of curriculum development and change for curriculum leaders, those teaching curriculum courses, and those aspiring to become curriculum decision makers. Readers will benefit from the knowledge and skills provided to successfully develop and implement a PK–12 school curriculum.

Part I: Foundations of Curriculum
Chapter 1: The Nature of Curriculum
The Concept of Curriculum  
The Types of Curriculum  
Components of the Curriculum  
The Mastery, the Organic, and the Enrichment Curricula  
The Hidden Curriculum  
Chapter 2: Curriculum History
Academic Scientism  
Progressive Functionalism  
Developmental Conformism  
Scholarly Structuralism  
Romantic Radicalism  
Privatistic Conservatism  
Technological Constructionism  
Modern Conservatism  
Technological Functionalism  
Chapter 3: Curriculum Theory
The Nature and Function of Curriculum Theory  
Leadership in Curriculum Theory  
Classifying Curriculum Theories Structure-Oriented Theories  
Value-Oriented Theories  
Content-Oriented Theories  
Process-Oriented Theories  
Organizational Leadership Models  
Research Theory into Practical Application  
Curriculum as Change  
Technology:Catalyst of Change  
The Theoretical School of the Future  
Chapter 4: The Politics of Curriculum
Myths about America’s Schooling  
Political, Cultural, and Socio-Economic Realities  
An Overview of the Curriculum-Influence Process  
The Role of the Federal Government  
State Role in Curriculum - State Standards Initiatives  
The Role of Professional Organizations  
Guiding Preservice Teachers  
The Courts  
Local Educational Leaders - New Role of Principal in Curriculum  
The Classroom Teacher - Impact of special education on regular classroom  
Technology and Elements of Change  
Global Connections  
Part II: Curriculum Processes
Chapter 5: Curriculum Planning
A Goal-Based Model of Curriculum Planning  
Determine the Locus of Planning  
Developing a Curriculum Framework  
Determine the Organizational Structures Needed  
Identify and Allocate Leadership Functions  
Importance of Integrity  
Aligning Educational Goals with Curricular Fields  
Developing a Curriculum Database  
Developing a Planning Calendar  
Conducting Needs Assessment  
Organize, Evaluate, Change, Provide Resources  
Importance of Professional Development  
Technology-21st Century Learning  
Global Connections: Research & Practice  
Chapter 6: Improving the Program of Studies
Reconceptualizing Programs of Study - Research-based curriculum  
Restructuring Programs of Study  
Improving the Program of Studies  
Improving Low Performing Schools  
Closing the Achievement Gap  
Operationalizing Change and Reform  
Assessing Learner & Cultural Needs  
Professional Development Protocols  
Developing Cultural Leadership  
Global Connections  
Building 21st Century Technology Culture  
Chapter 7: Improving a Field of Study
Reconceptualizing Fields of Study - The way we teach curriculum has shifted  
The Role of the Principal in Curriculum Development  
Improving the Field of Study - Making connections between various fields of study  
A Rationale for a Teacher-Centered Process-Teacher led programs  
Student-Center Process  
Preparing to Teach Culturally Diverse Classrooms  
Mapping the Curriculum  
Assessing and Selecting Materials  
Professional Development Priorities  
Human Development: Importance of Teaching Ethics  
Technology-Reconceptualizing 21st Century Learning  
Global Connections  
Chapter 8: Processes for Developing New Courses and Units
The Technological Process of Curriculum Planning  
The Naturalistic Process of Curriculum Planning  
Preparing Schools for New Beginnings with Technology  
Global Connections  
Part III: Curriculum Management
Chapter 9: Supervising the Curriculum: Teachers and Materials
Curriculum: Current Approaches Problems and Issues in Supervision  
The Role of the Curriculum Supervisor  
Differentiated Professional Development-Teacher trouble shooting guides  
Motivating Staff  
Maslow’s Theory of Human Needs  
Current Motivational Theories  
Supervising the Supported Curriculum-Executive Regional Directors (ERD’s)  
Culturally Relevant Teaching  
Going Deeper into Teaching and Learning with Technology  
Digital Solutions to 21st Century Learning  
Global Connections  
Chapter 10: Curriculum Development and Implementation
Developing a Program Philosophy and Rationale Statement  
Sample Language Arts English Program Rationale  
Methods for Choosing Teacher Representation  
The Committee Structure  
Samples of Program Scope and Sequence-National Core Standards  
Indicators of Effective Curriculum Development  
Professional Development for Stakeholders  
Twenty-First Century Technology Goals  
Global Connection: Narrowing the Achievement Gap  
Chapter 11: Aligning the Curriculum
A Rationale for Curriculum Alignment  
Role of the Principal  
Curriculum Design  
Organizing the Alignment Project  
Organizational Strategies  
Identifying the Mastery Objectives  
Developing Curriculum-Based Assessments  
Correlating the Mastery List and Instructional Materials  
Developing Instructional Planning Aids  
Importance of Research  
Developing Reporting Materials  
Data Driven Programs  
Providing Professional Development for the Alignment Project  
Monitoring and Evaluating the Alignment Project  
Understanding the Importance of Curriculum  
Classroom Learning and 21st Century Technology  
Global Connections  
Chapter 12: Curriculum Evaluation
Curriculum Evaluation Defined  
Evaluation Models-Instant surveys and data collection through technology  
Developing an Eclectic Approach  
Evaluating a Field of Study  
Purpose of Evaluation: Measuring Effectiveness vs Developing Teachers  
The Written Curriculum  
The Supported Curriculum  
The Taught Curriculum  
The Tested Curriculum- Administrative monitoring of Student Academic Success  
The Learned Curriculum –National Core Standards  
Leadership and Evaluation  
Measuring for Success  
Evaluation Program Guidelines  
Evaluation Strategies for Success  
Technology and Evaluation:The Final Piece to the Puzzle  
Global Connections: Evaluation and Accountability  
Part IV: Current Trends in the Curriculum
Chapter 13: Current Developments in the Subject Fields
Developments in English/Language Arts/Reading/Writing  
English/Language Arts  
Expanding a Culture of Writing  
Dual Immersion Programs in Language Arts  
History/Social Studies  
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)  
Foreign Language  
Education in the Arts  
Physical Education and Health  
Common Core State Standards and Multicultural Education  
Technology and Exponential Change  
Global Connections: Teaching Content Across Cultures  
Chapter 14: Current Developments Across the Curriculum
Importance of Thinking, Listening and Speaking Skills  
English Language Learner Education (ELLs)  
Leadership for Socially Diverse Groups  
Accommodating Diversity  
Innovation and 21st Century Learning  
Professional Development and Technology  
Global Connections: Canada’s Shifting Minds Model  
Chapter 15: Individualizing the Curriculum
Types of Individualized Programs  
Enhancing Teaching & Learning  
Special Needs & Cross Cultural Comparisons in Education  
Adaptive Programs for the Gifted  
Pre-K and Early Childhood Education  
Social & Economic Considerations  
Digital Citizens & a New Culture of the 21st Century  
Global Connections: Positive Impact of Education Worldwide  


Instructor Resource Site
The password protected Instructor Resource Site includes the following:

-  A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding

-  A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.

-  Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.

-  Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.

-  Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.

-  EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.

-  Lively and stimulating ideas for class activities that can be used in class to reinforce active learning.

This text is all encompassing as it relates to the complexities of public school curriculum. It is up to date and user friendly

Dr Jo E Swain
Education Prog, Rocky Mountain College
July 28, 2016

This excellent text provides the student with a thorough understanding of the contemporary issues in curriculum design and strategic pedagogic leadership.

Mr Paul Matthews
School of Hospitality, Tourism & Events, University College Birmingham
July 27, 2015
Key features


  • New coverage of technology includes technological functionalism, the impact on professional development, and the link between technology and student achievement
  • Additional coverage of globally connected classrooms provides emphasis on contemporary theory and global technology in K-12 education
  • New topics on improving schools include how to close the achievement gap, the importance of student outcomes, individualized learning, and innovative developments within differentiated instruction
  • Expanded coverage of curriculum processes shows educators how to enhance curriculum through examples such as the importance of reinventing schools from a technology enriched global perspective
  • A comparison of education before standards-based education, during the standards movement, and under the Common Core State Standards
  • Increased focus on the role of the teacher as curriculum leader demonstrates how aspiring curriculum leaders can become more effective
  • An emphasis on the mindset of new 21st century learners discusses elements for integrating technology at a whole new level
  • Inclusion of the Gray Oral Reading Test provides reading teachers with a coaching lesson plan that includes responsibilities and benefits of valid and reliable skill level assessments
  • The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) revisions are addressed as well as aspects of NCLB compliance and waivers.
  •  Up-to date resources and contemporary case studies help curriculum leaders implement ideas


  • Keys to Leadership sections provide curriculum leaders objectives at the beginning of each section to improve and support student learning  
  • Curriculum tips appear throughout the text to support the content within the chapter and reinforce understanding of important concepts and definitions 
  • Challenge sections include key issues and questions in every chapter to encourage curriculum leaders to think critically about current procedures and ways for improvements
  • Application sections at the end of each chapter provide curriculum leaders with opportunities to apply the concepts learned within the classroom
  • Case Studies within each chapter include real-life scenarios that identify key issues and ways for overcoming challenges commonly found in the classroom
  • Webliography sections includes websites for further research and learning

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