Curriculum Adaptation Assessment: A Tool for Leadership Teams
If you're reading this, you're one of the leaders. You know that adapting curriculum is a powerful leverage point for improving learning. You know that change must be student-centered, data-driven, and aligned with your values. And whether you're in the planning or implementation phase, you know your efforts will be more effective with ongoing assessment of goals, opportunities, and progress. This tool will help you answer questions like this:

- How can our institution reframe the curriculum to advance our core values, such as equity, sustainability, instructor leadership, student voice, and community engagement?

- We’ve started down this path, but how do we assess where we are?

- How do we know we’re ready for next steps?

We hope this survey will help you advance the discussion.

If you need more guidance after completing it, contact us and request a free, 30-minute consultation. (info@creativechange.net, or +1-734-482-0924)

Email address
Full Name:
Your answer
Institution:
Your position:
1) Examining the data: Has our team used multiple data points to identify our focus area?
Yes, we use this data to assist us in making decisions.
We're making progress in using this data to assist us in making decisions.
We need to strengthen our use of this data to assist us in making decisions.
Does not apply.
Student Achievement Data
Student Surveys
Teacher/Faculty Observations
Formal Evaluations of Teachers/Faculty
Survey of Instructor Needs
Review of Courses/Curriculum
Portfolios of Student Work
Review of Curriculum Maps or Program Requirement
Representation (e.g., does enrollment in advanced courses reflect our demographics)?
Disciplinary Data (i.e. are low income and/or students of color disproportionately disciplined?)
Other:
What evidence do we have regarding the above?
Your answer
2) Identifying a grade(s). Which are priorities? Check all that apply.
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3) What disciplines are priorities?
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4) Leadership: Is our vision defined and shared? Have we included all voices?
Yes, we’re doing this!
We’re making progress.
We need to strengthen this
Teachers, students, parents and the community have a voice in the process.
The vision and values are clearly communicated within the district and with the wider community
What evidence do we have regarding the above?
Your answer
5) Assessing curriculum, courses, and instructional strategies.
Yes, we have done this!
We’re making progress.
We need to strengthen this.
Does not apply.
We have evaluated our current curriculum for rigor.
We have evaluated cultural dimensions: Do all students see their backgrounds accurately reflected in the curriculum? Is there content that marginalize or silence students based on race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, gender, or other factor?
We have evaluated if our teaching strategies engage all students in critical thinking, problem-solving, and reflection.
We have evaluated if all students have opportunities for quality learning experiences.
6) Identifying desired changes
Yes, we have done this!
We’re making progress.
We need to strengthen this.
Does not apply.
We have identified ways to adapt the content to make it more rigorous, engaging, and relevant.
We have identified ways to adapt instructional methods, such as introducing project-based learning or academic service-learning.
What evidence do we have for the above?
Your answer
7) Creating an action plan: Is it feasible and data-driven?
Yes, we have done this!
We’re making progress.
We need to strengthen this.
Does not apply.
We have clear goals. Example: ‘Improve achievement in middle school science.’
We have identified a strategy and realistic pace. Ex: ‘Over two years, support a cohort of 40 faculty to infuse interdisciplinary content into their syllabi (realisitc). 'In 6 months, teachers redesign all their units’ (unrealistic).
We have identified evaluation methods and indicators of success (pre-post tests, authentic assessments, teacher/student surveys, etc.)
We have scaled the pace of change to the level of support we can provide instructors, such as release time or stipends.
We have identified resources to support our efforts, such as federal or state funds, grants, etc.
What evidence do we have for the above?
Your answer
Ready to collaborate? Need more guidance? Contact us and request a free, 30-minute consultation. (info@creativechange.net, or +1-734-482-0924)
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