Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum for Every Student
In What Works in Schools (2003), Robert Marzano identifies a guaranteed and viable curriculum as the most powerful variable related to student achievement. A guaranteed and viable curriculum is much more than a curriculum guide or a textbook; rather, it closes the gap between the intended curriculum and the implemented curriculum. In Leaders of Learning (2011), Richard DuFour and Robert Marzano further define the concept of a guaranteed and viable curriculum:
The only way the curriculum in a school can truly be guaranteed is if the teachers themselves, those who are called upon to deliver the curriculum, have worked collaboratively to do the following:
- Study the intended curriculum.
- Agree upon priorities within the curriculum.
- Clarify how the curriculum translates into student knowledge and skills.
- Establish general pacing guidelines for delivering the curriculum.
- Commit to one another that they will, in fact, teach the agreed-upon curriculum.
Norwalk is committed to providing a guaranteed and viable curriculum in all content areas and to every student.
Norwalk’s Vision of Teaching and Learning
In Norwalk, we share a vision of teaching and learning that guides our work related to curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development. As a system, we are working to realize this cohesive vision on our continuous journey of school improvement.