The curriculum committee is charged with developing the standards-based curriculum and addressing the broader concerns that will be reflected in the curriculum framework. This committee comprises administrators, school board members, teachers and school staff, parents, students, and community members, but the majority should be school personnel.
The committee should be a diverse group of people--educators as well as majority and minority members of the community--representing multiple perspectives. These people can be young or old, student or teacher, parent or grandparent, community member or school board member, administrator or staff member, majority or minority; in short, they should be representatives of the community in which they live, work, or go to school. The diversity of this group ensures a wide knowledge of standards, curriculum, instruction, student motivation, workplace needs, and learner needs.
Many in the group may have been part of a broader process of standards-based reform at their school. Some bring an understanding of standards while others bring a knowledge of curriculum. Some have studied instructional issues; others have an innate or first-hand understanding of what motivates students and teachers to learn. Some have internalized the needs of educators; others know the needs of the workplace; still others focus their efforts on the needs of learners. Each brings a perspective, knowledge, and experiences that are important to the educational process.
This committee will be more diverse than the traditional district curriculum committee, and its task will be broader in scope than curriculum committees have dealt with in the past. Besides focusing on the development of the curriculum framework, committee members will work in the areas of curriculum development, capacity building, and delivery. Committee members also will form the nucleus of all action and advisory groups as the process of framework development evolves and serves the students, the staff, and the community.