School Head’s Role in Cur­ricu­lum Devel­op­ment

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

Jen­nifer C. Basilio

Cur­ricu­lum devel­op­ment is the es­sen­tial func­tion of school lead­er­ship. Ac­cord­ing to Wiles (2009), it should not be de­ter­mined by the leader’s ti­tle or length of ser­vice.

Whether this role is car­ried out by a prin­ci­pal, an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal for cur­ricu­lum, a team leader, a depart­ment head, or by lead­ing class­room teach­ers, the cur­ricu­lum de­fines all other roles in a school.

Cur­ricu­lum lead­er­ship is com­pli­cated be­cause lead­ing cur­ricu­lum devel­op­ment meet­ings in­volves work­ing with fal­li­ble, im­per­fect hu­man be­ings. A se­cond rea­son cur­ricu­lum lead­er­ship is dif­fi­cult is due to the school sched­ule and a lack of ex­tended time for teach­ers to dis­cuss and re­vise ex­ist­ing cur­ricu­lum doc­u­ments.

In sev­eral large school dis­tricts, cur­ricu­lum de­ci­sions are made by a small group of cur­ricu­lum lead­ers and the fi­nal doc­u­ment is handed down to K-12 teach­ers. While it is dif­fi­cult to ask for each teacher’s in­put in a large school district, doc­u­ments that are top-down rarely re­ceive as much teacher buy-in as doc­u­ments that were cre­ated by the teach­ers who are re­quired to im­ple­ment the cur­ricu­lum.

Cur­ricu­lum lead­ers must work to­gether to cre­ate a cul­ture of trust where teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors can agree to dis­agree. Fur­ther­more, lead­ers must de­velop qual­ity time and cre­ate sched­ules which pro­vide time for cre­ative think­ing and re­flec­tion, rather than sched­ul­ing early re­lease days when teach­ers com­plete fill-in-the-blank cur­ricu­lum work­sheets.

There are five rea­sons ac­cord­ing to Wiles why school needs cur­ricu­lum lead­ers as one of the roles of a school head. First, cur­ricu­lum lead­er­ship pro­vides clar­ity, it an­swers what should ev­ery stu­dent know and be able to do? Se­cond, cur­ricu­lum lead­er­ship pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop and em­power fu­ture lead­ers; cur­ricu­lum lead­er­ship is not a solo act. Third, cur­ricu­lum lead­er­ship pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment, schools should be learn­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions. Fourth, cur­ricu­lum lead­er­ship pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to estab­lish goals, goals pro­vide teach­ers and stu­dents with some­thing to aim for. And fi­nally, cur­ricu­lum lead­er­ship pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for im­proved align­ment. The task of a prin­ci­pal is many faceted and not at all easy.

The au­thor is Head Teacher III at Con­cep­cion El­e­men­tary School, Mex­ico

Di­vi­sion of Pampanga.

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