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Glenbard Curriculum Council
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What is the Glenbard Curriculum Council?
The GCC is a joint venture with Marquardt School District15, Queen Bee School District 16, Glen Ellyn School District 41, Lombard Elementary School District 44, Community Consolidated School District 89,Community Consolidated School District 93, Glenbard District 87 and the Cooperative Association for Special Education.  Glenbard Curriculum Council members are focused on working together to more closely align their curriculums and improve student achievement.

What is the Glenbard Curriculum Council working on now?
GCC members are working on the following goals:
·     Developing a common process for students’transition from eighth grade to high school;
·     Defining learning expectations for all grade levels;
·     Developing a common curriculum review cycle;
·     and sharing strategic plans for all districts annually and looking for opportunities for collaboration.

School officials in all seven school districts and C.A.S.E. agree they need to jointly focus their efforts on deeper collaboration, communication, professional development and accountability for all students.

What is the goal of the Glenbard Curriculum Council?
Simply stated: articulation, alignment, and achievement. We want to improve our students’ ability to transition successfully from one school system.
 
Why is Glenbard looking at things from a K-12 perspective?
We recognize that highly effective school systems work as one.  All students benefit greatly from attending a school system where all of the schools effectively communicate:

·     What is important to know and be able to do,
·     Monitor student progress,
·     Possible interventions when a student is struggling, and
·     Opportunities for enrichment.


Who will decide the curriculum?
The Glenbard Curriculum Council works to develop learning targets that each school district can use to guide their curriculum development.

What are the values and beliefs related to the K-12articulation plan?
GCC members believe that:

·     A spirit of collaboration is essential for stronger systems alignment throughout the associated school systems and high schools.
·     Articulation focused on student learning among all associate districts and high schools is vital for student success.
·     Communication by using a common language around the principles of continuous improvement, standards and benchmarks and systems alignment is necessary for our collective efforts.
·     The collection of relevant data regarding student learning and the sharing of data among our systems should form the foundation for decision-making.
·     Student learning standards and benchmarks will frame the articulation discussions with a primary focus on the transition from the elementary experience to the high school experience.
·     An articulated and aligned balanced assessment program should include:
        o   Multiple formative assessments for instructional planning
        o   Common summative assessments for program implementation and improvement.

 Glenbard Curriculum Council’s direction for 2010-11

•     Align work with new ISBE core common core state standards.
•     Begin in some districts deployment of math common learning targets
•     Draft Math Scorecard/Baseline Data Collection
•     Finalize work of Language Arts Articulation Group
•     Address Language Arts System of Common Assessments
•     Begin preparation for Science curriculum work.
•     Collect stakeholder feedback on transition process/placement decisions

Common Core State Standards Initiative

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.  Learn more at this link: http://www.corestandards.org/

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