You may have noticed a new byline on this blog in recent weeks. Now it’s time to make it official: I’m the new co-author of the Curriculum Matters blog.
When I told a friend of mine who happens to be a school principal that I would be writing for this blog, he asked, “what do you mean by curriculum?” He told me he strongly believes that a school’s curriculum isn’t just the books and materials and processes used in the classroom—it’s a student’s whole educational experience at school, implicit and explicit, academic and social.
What a rich and complex topic!
In the context of this blog, I’ll be focused a bit more narrowly. Look for posts on education in music and other arts, STEM, and social studies, including history, civics, and economics, and on instructional practices and approaches. You can send tips or ideas about any of these subjects to firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Twitter.
A bit more about my background: I spent the last two years as a reporter with Chalkbeat, where I wrote about urban school districts and school improvement efforts in Tennessee and Colorado. Prior to that, I covered school districts and leadership as a staff writer here at Education Week. I’ve worked in informal environmental education, taught music and arts, and been an elementary school teaching assistant in the Washington area.
I have written a lot about the politics and policies that affect schools and communities, whether it’s boundary changes, school closings, charter school regulations, or funding crises. I’m looking forward to diving into the equally important and fascinating world of curriculum and instruction—what’s actually happening in classrooms, why, and how it’s working. And I’ll plan to keep my friend’s reminder in mind.
Along with my co-author Liana Heitin, I look forward to hearing from and exploring the world of classroom instruction and curriculum with you.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.