Balanced Curriculum

It is important to teach all areas of the curriculum, not just those which are assessed. For example, one of the most effective strategies for teaching the entire curriculum is to teach English language arts and mathematics in conjunction with science, social studies, healthful living, foreign languages and the arts. Integration as a curriculum implementation strategy links the content and skills from various disciplines. It is our belief that students who receive a balanced curriculum and possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to transfer and connect ideas and concepts across disciplines will be successful as measured by standardized tests as well as other indicators of student success. - Balanced Curriculum, pg. 1Most of the decisions that are made about what is taught and when it is taught (as well as who will teach it) are made at the school level. In tight budget times, teachers, administrators, and school staff must be creative in how they meet the needs of all their students.
- Balanced Curriculum, pg 9
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The Balanced Curriculum document is available for both Elementary and Middle levels. You will find:

  • Overview of the Balanced Curriculum philosophy
  • What a Balanced Curriculum is NOT
  • Overview of Curriculum Integration as a strategy for teaching a balanced curriculum
  • Sample schedules
  • Model programs, including A+ Schools, that promote a Balanced Curriculum

ELEMENTARY

The Balanced Curriculum: A Guiding Document for Scheduling and Implementation of the NC Standard Course of Study at the Elementary Level


MIDDLE GRADES

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The Balanced Curriculum: A Guiding Document for Scheduling and Implementation of the NC Standard Course of Study in the Middle Grades



Other Resources:

ASCD Whole Child Website:
http://www.wholechildeducation.org/

A Whole Child Approach to Education and the Common Core State Standards Initiative
http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/policy/CCSS-and-Whole-Child-one-pager.pdf