Curriculum Proposal for Head Start

Harrison County

Harrison County Head Start

The Harrison County Head Start currently serves 1161 children daily between the ages of three and five. They currently use the Common Core Curriculum for preschoolers and a form of the Te Whariki curriculum, as applied in New Zealand. I am proposing that we add the program Move to Learn and Curriculum mapping to the current curriculum.

Key Stakeholders for the new Integrative Curriculum

The key stakeholders in developing this new curriculum would be one teacher and assistant teacher from each center, center managers, board members, and anyone in the community. These stakeholders must understand the goals, benefits, and commitment necessary for the implementation of curriculum mapping (Keys to Curriculum Mapping, 2008). They will also need to understand the responsibilities that go with being on this curriculum development team. The responsibilities and roles include: understanding the ages of the children, being able to collaborate in groups, their inputs and ideas towards early childhood education.

Tracking Process and Monitoring Methods for the new Integrative Curriculum

To track and access student's progress in the new Integrative Curriculum, we will use Teaching Strategies Gold. Teaching Strategies GOLD online offers a revolutionary approach to early childhood assessment (Teaching Strategies GOLD online). It is an assessment tool available to teachers that is user-friendly and inclusive-one that enables them to increase the effectiveness of their assessments while having more time to spend with the children (Teaching Strategies GOLD online). Teaching Strategies GOLD also offers support for all types of learners, including those with disabilities and Spanish-speaking (Teaching Strategies GOLD online). We will also implement more one on one time, group discussions and provide an end of the year review for the children to see how much knowledge was obtained. To monitor the teachers on implementing the new integrative design, we will observe, support, and encourage our teachers on implementing the new curriculum.

The Present Curriculum and the New Curriculum

As of right now, Harrison County Head Start uses the Common Core Curriculum and a version of the Te Whariki. The Common Core Curriculum for preschool focuses on literacy and mathematical skills (Common Core State Standards Initiative). The Te Whariki focuses on four key principles which are integral to early childhood education: empowering children, holistic development, relationship with family and community, and an responsive reciprocal relationship with people, places, and things (Brewerton, 1996).

Our goal is to add the program Move to Learn and curriculum mapping into the present curriculum. Move to Learn is designed to help teachers raise student fitness levels and, in turn, raise student achievement (Move to Learn). Curriculum mapping, when done effectively, adds teacher collaboration and communication. Curriculum mapping brings teachers and their ideas together as one to develop a curriculum that suites their students the best (Keys to Curriculum Mapping, 2008).

Our objective is to merge the present curriculum and the new curriculum together to make a new integrative curriculum. The Common Core Curriculum is working in Head Start and so it the version of the Te Whariki. We wanted to keep these programs but add some creativity to it. That is where Move to Learn comes in. We can teach children the concepts needed through music and dance. With curriculum mapping, we can come together to reflect on the new curriculum and make changes if necessary.

Support and Collaboration

Once a week, teachers will meet to communicate and discuss the pros and cons of the new curriculum. The teachers will discuss things that work with the new curriculum and the things that need to be changed. The teachers will collect data using Teaching Strategies GOLD online and use the data to reflect on the new curriculum. The teachers will come together as a team and operate on one accord. The teachers will share their visions and their reflections with the other teachers. Teachers will be provided support through their fellow teachers and the key stakeholders.

Aims

  • Teachers will demonstrate curriculum mapping and team collaboration.
  • Teachers will also show that all students entering into kindergarten can demonstrate kindergarten ready skills.
  • Teachers will be able to create creative but rigorous lesson plans according to the new curriculum.

Goals

  • At least 70% of teachers will be able to demonstrate curriculum mapping and team collaboration.
  • At least 65% of students entering kindergarten will be able to demonstrate kindergarten ready skills.
  • At least 70% of teachers will be able to create creative but rigorous lesson plans with little support.

Objectives

  • The teachers will be able to demonstrate curriculum mapping.
  • The teacher will be able to communicate and collaborate with other teachers on lesson plans and the new curriculum.
  • The teacher will be able to self reflect on activities that worked in the classroom and activities that did not work in the classroom.
  • The teacher will be able to track, monitor and access the child's progress using Teaching Strategies GOLD.

References

Brewerton, M. (1996). Te Whariki: National Early Childhood Curriculum Guidelines and Its Relationship with the New Zealand Curriculum for Schools.


Common Core State Standards Initiative. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/frequently-asked-questions/


VIDEO (2008). Keys to curriculum mapping. Academic Video Online


Move to Learn. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.movetolearnms.org/


Teaching Strategies GOLD online. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://shop.teachingstrategies.com/page/GOLD-assessment-online.cfm