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Through a partnership with Curriculum Management Solutions, Inc., PDK International is excited to provide you with opportunities to improve student performance through curriculum audits and training.

Curriculum Audits

For nearly 40 years, the Curriculum Management Audit™ has been the premier tool for school districts to analyze the effectiveness of processes and programs at an organizational level.   It provides a unique, independent review of policy framework; scope and quality of curriculum; consistency and equity in schools and program implementation; effectiveness of programs and process monitoring; and use and allocation of budget and resources for improved productivity.

The CMA follows generally accepted principals of organizational effectiveness and produces a comprehensive, detailed and highly contextualized written report that diagnoses the system’s strengths and weaknesses and recommends concrete actions that boards and superintendents can take to improve student learning and teacher efficacy in their systems.  The CMA is perfect for district leadership teams seeking valuable feedback regarding efforts to improve student achievement.

The CMA can be modified in a number of ways to suit the needs of districts. Some of those ways include:

 

  • Small Schools Audit– The SSA is based on the principles of the CMA, but specifically developed for districts with fewer than 2500 students. It provides the same diagnostic analysis, but scaled to fit the capacity of the smaller system. The SSA assists the district in seeing the extent to which it has developed and implemented a sound, valid system of curriculum management.  The SSA report and recommendations allow the Board and the Superintendent to identify strengths and weaknesses of the system and formulate an improvement action plan focused on student achievement.
  • Individual School Audit– The ISA is a diagnostic process designed to reveal the extent to which the administration and professional staff of a school, in conjunction with district officials, have developed and implemented a sound approach for improved student achievement. Individual schools are examined against CMSi-developed standards for high-performing schools.  The written report details recommended student achievement goals for the three years following the report. The ISA provides key data for any school desiring a detailed diagnostic report focused on the factors shown to improve student performance.
  • Program-Specific Audit — based on generally accepted principles of effective instruction and curricular design, delivery and assessment. Each program-specific audit focuses on the content area or areas selected by the district. CMSi has conducted program-specific audits in Special Education, English Language Learner programs, Gifted Education, English/language Arts, Math, Science Curriculum Alignment, Social Studies, and Technology. The PSA report is a blueprint from which a school system can plan the improvement of teaching and learning in the system.

"When you rethink a school district, it is critical to have the kind of data a Curriculum Audit can give you . . ."

Level 1 Audit Training

This three-day intensive overview of the basic principles of curriculum design, assessment, and instructional alignment introduces participants to an entirely new way to view curriculum and all the system-level components required to effectively manage its design and delivery in schools. Also, the first step in understanding curriculum auditing and the CMSi Curriculum Audit, this approach is designed to keep student learning and its improvement at the forefront of all district and school-level decision making.

The training will give participants a new perspective on effective management practices within school systems, with specific criteria and guidelines for implementing them. These principles, organized under the five audit standards of control, direction, equity and connectivity, feedback, and productivity, help educators create a structure within which all aspects of school districts can function systemically to improve teaching and learning in every classroom.

Level II Audit Training

This three-day training is designed to prepare instructional leaders to examine and evaluate system-based issues to optimize the delivery of effective teaching and learning. The CMSi Curriculum Management Audit™ Training, Level II, integrates the best thinking in curriculum, assessment, and instructional delivery while engaging participants in evaluating those system-level factors that are necessary to optimize classroom-based instruction.  Along with an overview of the foundational audit premise of the alignment of the written, taught, and tested curricula, the workshop also addresses topics related to policy, organizational structure, system-level planning, managing change, and prioritizing goals.

The main audience for this training includes superintendents, chief academic officers, curriculum specialists, content department directors and chairs, district and campus instructional leaders, and individuals interested in becoming certified curriculum management auditors.  

Please note: Completion of Level 1 CMAT is recommended prior to attending Level 2. 

Level III Audit Training

Candidates will work collaboratively with other participants through the processes of collecting and analyzing data, conducting interviews, triangulating evidence, and writing findings and recommendations.  Upon successful completion of this level, participants will be certified to serve as interns on at least one Curriculum Management Audit™ to further induct them into the process.

Please note: Participants who wish to pursue licensure as a Curriculum Auditor must apply for admittance to Level III training.

"Once you are certified by CMSi to be an auditor, you are eligible to work on contracts they bring in . . ."

Developing Quality Curriculum
The foundations of curriculum and a framework for its development

This multi-day set of trainings equips district leaders and teachers to develop a framework for written curriculum that is unit based and supportive of student-centered, cognitively challenging and engaging instruction.  Curriculum Writing is comprised of 5 modules designed to be delivered over a period of several months. These modules include:

  1. The Foundation of Curriculum
  2. The Structure of Curriculum
  3. Finalizing Unit Development, Unit Objectives, and Scope and Sequence
  4. Formative Assessment Development and Rubrics
  5. Model Lessons, Activities, and Strategies

The foundational premise of these training modules includes the following beliefs:

  • Quality curriculum design must support the district’s vision for effective instruction;
  • Effective instruction requires differentiation of both curriculum and instruction;
  • Student learning occurs at variable rates; therefore, instructional pacing must be tighter for macro units of time (unit, semester, or year), but looser at the micro level (day, week, sub-unit) to allow for flexibility of pacing.
  • The highest quality learning occurs when teachers engage (and challenge) students with the content both cognitively and personally, and use approaches that are responsive to the ethnic, socio-economic, and linguistic diversity of the child;
  • Instructional effectiveness depends on a variety of approaches suitable for the students’ needs and preferences in the classroom;
  • Teachers are professionals and, with proper support, can be relied on to make the best instructional decisions for students;
  • Formative assessments are the most valuable tools for yielding to teachers the information they need to plan instruction in response to student need.

Who Is Curriculum Management Solutions, inc.?

Curriculum Management Solutions, inc. – CMSi — has been auditing and evaluating the design and delivery of curriculum with all its incumbent processes and operations for nearly 40 years.  Since the first CMSi Curriculum Audit™ conducted by Dr. Fenwick English in Columbus Public Schools in 1979, CMSi has assisted over 450 school systems in 46 states as well as the District of Columbia, and in several other countries, including Canada, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Bermuda.  As in the beginning, the primary goal for CMSi is to provide districts with reports, data, recommendations, and services that, when implemented, will improve student achievement and the overall quality of student learning.

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