Implementing a new curriculum is a challenging process. Often the organization, layout, and even the instructional approach can be drastically different from the previously used curriculum. Change takes time, especially if that change includes learning new instructional practices. Taguma and Barrera (2019) cite teacher commitment, beliefs, and content and pedagogical understanding of the new curriculum as key factors that either facilitate or impede successful curriculum implementation.
However, when teachers are provided with sustained, relevant, job-embedded professional learning that helps them to master the curriculum program routines and the pedagogical knowledge and practices necessary to deliver a new curriculum with confidence and enthusiasm, student achievement soars.
Read this curriculum implementation showcase to learn how several districts have achieved strong growth in reading (and math) scores by focusing on professional learning to support curriculum implementation.