This course is for teachers who are curious about exploring the potential benefits of designing advanced courses that are rigorous and mission-aligned. Participants will take a deep dive into the principles of independent curriculum and engage in discussion of why these principles have value in independent school programs. Teachers will spend time evaluating the fit of the principles and standards with their curricular goals and aspirations. Interaction in interdisciplinary groups will help participants consider how they might leverage different principles of course design in building their own rigorous advanced courses in alignment with their school’s mission and values.
In this course, teachers will:
Teachers will be guided through a two-week online course, which will take about four hours to complete per unit. The weeks/units of this course are asynchronous, but class-paced. There is no fixed time for participation, but assignments are due each week. Throughout the course, participants will connect and collaborate with each other through interactive media, including short videos and discussion boards. Participants will have access to the course and materials for one additional week beyond the posted end date.
Peter Gow, Independent Curriculum Resource Director, reflects on how these principles and standards help educators design more mission-aligned courses.