In an effort to equalize the curriculum across the School District, CPS is asking the School Board for $145 million over 4 years to create a city-wide curriculum that schools can access free of charge. Schools and educators will still determine their own lesson plans, but CPS will provide all schools these digitally based resources to enhance and perhaps replace lesson plans and curriculum.
A survey administered by CPS to 539 teachers found that:
- 46.2 percent of surveyed educators said their school does not have curriculum available for the subject they teach.
- 63.8 percent of surveyed educators spend between 2-7 hours each week searching the internet for instructional resources.
- 52.7 percent of surveyed educators spend 5 or more hours a week designing instructional materials.
- Google, Pinterest, and TeachersPayTeachers are regularly used by educators to serve as the basis for finding lesson plans, which are not vetted for quality.
- 59.3 percent of surveyed educators spend $250 or more of their own money on instructional materials.
The proposed resources will include:
- Cultural Responsiveness: The content will reflect and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our students.
- Support for Diverse Learners:The curriculum will contain specific modifications for student lessons and guidance for teachers to meet the individual needs of their students.
- Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Framework: The district’s existing system of identifying students in need of additional support and ensuring they have what they need to be successful will be incorporated.
- Social Emotional Learning (SEL): Curriculum will incorporate SEL so that every subject incorporates holistic elements.
- Spanish Translation: All documents containing prompts or instructions for students will be available in Spanish.
To find out more, watch this video:
You can also read the CPS press release: