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Curriculum Leadership

Curriculum Leadership
Strategies for Development and Implementation

Fifth Edition

August 2018 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Curriculum Leadership: Strategies for Development and Implementation helps current and aspiring administrators, teachers, and curriculum directors successfully restructure, enhance, and implement school K–12 curriculum. This foundational book highlights 21st century educational ideas and advocacy, while also remaining focused on tried and true strategies for meeting state and national standards in today’s diverse classrooms.

Featuring an array of new scholars, researchers, and case studies, the Fifth Edition: centers on the importance of teachers and teacher-leaders in the area of curriculum development; promotes the crucial role of special education and its contribution to the overall curriculum development process; and includes a renewed emphasis on concurrent learning and creating stimulating online discussions.

With the support of this thought-provoking and extensively researched text, readers will develop a working and thorough foundation of curriculum to effectively implement in the classrooms of the future.

Part I. Foundations of Curriculum
Chapter 1: The Nature of Curriculum
The Concept of Curriculum  
The Types of Curricula  
Components of the Curriculum  
The Mastery, the Organic, and the Enrichment Curricula  
The Hidden Curriculum  
Chapter 2: Curriculum History: The Perspective of the Past
Academic Scientism (1890-1916)  
Progressive Functionalism (1917-1940)  
Developmental Conformism (1941-1956)  
Scholarly Structuralism (1957-1967)  
Romantic Radicalism (1968-1974)  
Privatistic Conservatism (1975-1989)  
Technological Constructionism (1990-1999)  
Modern Conservatism (2000-2009)  
Technological Functionalism (2010-Present)  
A Century Plus of Curriculum Trends in Retrospect  
Chapter 3: Curriculum Theory
The Nature and Function of Curriculum Theory  
Leadership in Curriculum Theory  
Classifying Curriculum Theories  
Organizational Leadership Models  
Research Theory Into Practical Application  
The Theoretical School of the Future  
Chapter 4: The Politics of Curriculum
Myths About U.S. Schools  
Political, Cultural, and Socioeconomic Realities  
An Overview of the Curriculum-Influence Process  
The Role of the Federal Government  
Common Core State Standards  
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)  
State Role in Curriculum  
The Role of Professional Organizations  
Guiding Preservice Teachers  
Increasing Role of the Courts  
Local Education  
The Classroom Teacher  
Technology and Elements of Change  
Part II. Curriculum Processes
Chapter 5: Curriculum Planning
Goal-Based Model of Curriculum Planning  
Locus of Planning Decisions  
Organizational Structures  
Identification and Allocation of Leadership  
Importance of Integrity  
Alignment of Educational Goals  
Formulating a Curriculum Database  
Planning a Calendar  
Conducting a Needs Assessment  
Organization and Evaluation of Resources  
Teacher-Powered Professional Learning  
Creating Teacher-led Professional Learning Strategies  
Global Connections: Research and Practice  
Chapter 6: Improving the Program of Studies
Reconceptualizing Programs of Study  
Improving the Program of Studies  
Global Connections  
Chapter 7: Improving a Field of Study
Reconceptualizing Fields of Study  
Role of Collaborative Leadership  
Improving the Field of Study  
Mapping the Desired Curriculum  
Chapter 8: Processes for Developing New Courses and Units
The Technological Process of Curriculum Planning  
The Naturalistic Process of Curriculum Planning  
The Inverse Design Process of Curriculum Planning  
Preparing Schools for New Beginnings With Technology  
Global Connections: Dual Systems in Korea  
Part III. Curriculum Management
Chapter 9: Supervising the Curriculum: Teachers and Materials
Supervising the Taught Curriculum: Current Approaches  
Elements of Supervision  
Differentiated Professional Development  
Maslow's Theory of Human Needs  
Supervising the Supported Curriculum  
Supporting Culturally Relevant Teaching  
Supporting Teaching and Learning with Technology  
Global Connections: French Partnership  
Chapter 10: Curriculum Development and Implementation
Developing a Program Philosophy and Rationale Statement  
Developing a Scope and Sequence, Program Goals, Objectives, Learning Outcomes, and Authentic Tasks  
Global Connections: Narrowing the Achievement Gap  
Leadership Truths for Curriculum Leaders  
Chapter 11: Aligning the Curriculum
A Rationale for Curriculum Alignment  
Role of the Principal  
Curriculum Design  
Organizing the Alignment Project  
Organizational Strategies  
Utilizing Research for Curriculum Alignment  
Monitoring and Evaluating Curriculum Alignment  
Chapter 12: Curriculum and Teacher Evaluation
The Goals of Curriculum and Teacher Evaluation  
Evaluation Models  
Developing an Eclectic Approach  
Evaluating a Field of Study  
Measuring Effectiveness Versus Developing Teachers  
Evaluation Program Guidelines  
Evaluation Strategies for Success  
Technology and Evaluation: The Final Piece of the Puzzle  
Global Connections: Evaluation and Accountability  
Chapter 13: Current Developments in the Subject Fields
Developments in English Language Arts, Reading, and Writing  
English Language Arts  
Realities in Reading  
Expanding a Culture of Writing  
Dual Immersion Programs in English Language Arts  
History–Social Studies  
Foreign Language  
Education in the Arts  
Physical Education and Health  
Multicultural Education  
Technology and Exponential Change  
Part IV. Current Trends in the Curriculum
Chapter 14: Current Developments Across the Curriculum
Thinking Skills  
Improving Listening Skills  
Improving Speaking Skills  
English Language Learner Education  
Leadership for Socially Diverse Groups  
Accommodating Diversity  
Innovation and 21st-Century Learning  
Professional Learning and Technology  
Global Connections: Canada's Shifting Minds Model  
Chapter 15: Individualizing the Curriculum
Differentiated Instruction  
Types of Individualized Instruction  
Enhancing Teaching and Learning  
PreK and Early Childhood  
Social and Economic Considerations  
Digital Citizens  
Global Connections: Third Culture Kids  


Instructor Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include 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 a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting personalized questions to assess students’ progress and understanding.
    • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for courses, and highlight essential content and features.
    • Exclusive access to various full-text SAGE journal articles that support and expand on the concepts presented in the chapters. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in the course for a robust classroom experience.
    • 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.
    • Lively and stimulating chapter activities that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
    • Web exercises direct readers to relevant websites to extend and reinforce learning and encourage further research on important chapter topics. 
    • All graphics from the text, including maps, tables, and figures, are available to create consistent formats for class presentations.
Key features


  • A variety of challenging new case studies encourage readers to engage and respond to complex issues and concerns.
  • End of chapter activities help readers explore specific leadership actions and include topics such as social media, gender issues, and technology security. 
  • A renewed focus on personalized learning illuminates the importance of developing each student’s individual learning experience.
  • An expanded discussion on STEM and Code to the Future demonstrates how the culture of education is continuing to be redefined.
  • A focus on the changes in curriculum theory in the 21st century provides a deeper understanding of how theory serves as a catalyst for change and higher academic achievement.
  • Coverage of “third culture kids” explores the impact of technology and its effect on students’ educational experiences.
  • An emphasis on the implications of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) centers on new ways to improve and restructure existing courses, units, and lessons.
  • The authors emphasize the importance of teachers and teacher-leaders in the area of curriculum development.
  • The book promotes the crucial role of special education and its contribution to the overall curriculum development process.
  • Up-to date resources and contemporary case studies help curriculum leaders implement timely lessons.



  • All chapters are research-based and heavily referenced with up-to-date applicable resources.
  • Keys to Leadership sections provide objectives at the beginning of each section to improve and support student learning.
  • Curriculum tips appear throughout the text and provide readers with the opportunity to experience streamlined researched-based practices as they relate to today’s issues and challenges.
  • Challenge sections include key issues and questions in every chapter to motivate readers in becoming actively involved in building shared leadership, increasing collaboration, and contributing to strategies that directly relate to today’s diverse classrooms.
  • Application sections at the end of each chapter provide opportunities to apply concepts learned within the classroom.
  • Case studies within each chapter include real-life scenarios that identify key issues and ways for overcoming challenges commonly encountered in the classroom.
  • Updated Webliography sections feature websites for further research and learning.

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ISBN: 9781506363172