Curriculum Review Process
The Waterford Graded School District follows a curriculum renewal and design process when reviewing, revising and creating curriculum. The Director of Curriculum and Student Growth along with the WGSD Curriculum Committee uses this process as a systematic way to consider a variety of factors, issues and components. The WGSD Strategic Plan guides the district's continuous improvement efforts. In turn, the curriculum renewal and design process enhances approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in our quest to provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students. In maintaining a rigorous and relevant curriculum, curriculum implementation teams seek continuous improvement through literature review, external partnerships, and connections to stakeholder groups.
Waterford Graded School District utilizes five phases within an eight year process. Each curriculum area falls along the five step continuum that includes: Program Evaluation, Development, Implementation, Analysis and Revision. Curricular areas typically experience each phase during an eight year rotation, but internal and external forces changes and inputs can accelerate or decelerate the process.
The WGSD Curriculum Renewal and Design Process is research based and is influenced from components by national and state requirements & laws, Association of Supervision of Curriculum and Development, The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Plan Do Study Act improvement process, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies, national & state standards, and WGSD policies, guidelines and strategic plan.