Board Curriculum Committee
The Board Curriculum Committee (BCC) is established in accordance with Policy 236.1 (School Board Committees to Advise Administration and the School Board) and Policy 910 (Curriculum Development). Administrative Regulation (AR) 236.1 details the structure of school board committees, AR 910 outlines the process for curriculum development, AR 910.1 states a review of current needs and relevant educational research must be conducted prior to curriculum revision, and AR 910.3 establishes that revised curricula will be presented to the BCC.
On a six-year schedule, the school district updates curricula – one or two subjects each year. It's important to the FNSBSD that parents and community members are actively involved in this review of what is taught in our community's classrooms. This committee works closely with the Department of Teaching and Learning to ensure the curriculum and classroom materials stay current. By researching new trends in education, developing curriculum guidelines, and approving textbooks, these dedicated community volunteers work to provide students, from kindergarten to high school, the most relevant education possible.
Curriculum Revision Process
The FNSBSD curriculum process, outlined in Administrative Regulations 910 Appendix A, is on a six-year cycle and includes the following stages: research and review, develop and define, implement, and measure-refine-revise. The research and review stage begins with community input, and a research group meets to complete an in-depth study of the current curriculum to determine its effectiveness, research current trends in curriculum content and pedagogy, and to begin developing competencies. Then, during the develop and define stage, curriculum writers review this work and start draft one. Each draft goes out for public comment and the writers review and consider all comments and suggestions. After there is a general consensus on the curriculum proposal, a final draft is submitted to the Board Curriculum Committee for a recommendation and the School Board for adoption. Once the curriculum is adopted, it is implemented in the schools, usually the next school year, and professional development is provided as needed. Finally, the curriculum enters the measure, refine, and revise stage during years four through six.
2022-23 Research & Review Stage
During the 2022-23 school year, the district will begin research and review of materials in the following content areas.
- English Language Arts (grades K-5)
- Physical Education
For information on the FNSBSD's adopted curriculum, please select from the subject areas listed below.
Curriculum adoptions are as follows:
- Art: (K-12) 2017
- Career & Technical Education (CTE): (7-12) 2013-2022
- English/Language Arts (ELA): (K-6) 2011; Learner Objectives (K-6) 2014; (7-12) 2020
- Health: (K-12) 2016
- Mathematics: (K-5) 2014; (6-12) 2022
- Music: (K-12) 2017
- Physical Education: (K-12) 2016
- Science: (K-12) 2016
- Social Studies: (K-12) 2020
- World Languages: (K-12) 2018
A list of adopted textbook and materials is located at www.k12northstar.org/Page/8838.
Board Curriculum Committee Membership
School Board Member Chair:
- Melissa Burnett, Board Member
District Administrator Support:
- Chane Beam, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning
FPA Representatives (1 Elementary, 1 Secondary):
- Graham Storey (AP, Randy Smith Middle School)
FEA Representatives (1 Elementary, 1 Secondary):
- Kristen Dullen (PT, Sped)
Student Representative (1):
- Raul Lopez
Tribal Consultation Representative (1):
Parent Representatives (3):
- Elizabeth Greninger
- Devra Norling
- Jeffrey Porter
At-Large Community Members (6):
- Joyce Harris
- Loa Hubbard
- Earnest Kincade
- Matt Mertes
- Alexis Walker
- Ellen Weiser
Committee Staff Support
Jennifer Morgan, Materials Development Specialist