An (Over?) Simplified Explanation of The Curricular Approach/Residential Curriculum Process

The Process of a Curricular Approach

As a facilitator of residential curriculum and curricular approach workshops, one of the challenges I have is how to explain the process in a way that makes sense to attendees. One of the reasons this is challenging, is that curricular approaches introduce a number of new terms and use those terms in very specific ways. Participants can also struggle with how all the pieces and steps in the curriculum creation process inter-relate.

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The 2020 Brown family holiday picture… and every one since 1968

Happy Holidays!

It has been the Brown family tradition for 54 years to document each year’s passage with an annual holiday photo.  Beginning in 1968, the year my parents got married, and continuing through the present day, you can watch as we’ve changed, made (bad) hair and fashion choices, and grown to include a fifth member.  Below you will find our journey beginning with a picture of the house we grew up in (and my parents still live in to the present day).

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NEW FREE Fourth Edition of the “Developing a Co-Curricular Learning Model” Book on Residential Curriculum and Curricular Approaches:

Residential Curriculum and Curricular Approaches Book

I’m excited to release the new fourth edition of my eBook on residential curriculum and curricular approaches, sponsored by Roompact. The content is expanded from the third edition and now includes more visuals and worksheets. It is also now designed in an 8.5 x 11 format. This should make it easier to print, if you wish!

As before, it remains freely available for you to download and use. Whether you’re new to curricular approaches or still learning and implementing, this ebook has something for you. Thank you to the many learning partners I’ve had oaths journey. Please enjoy! Read More

Curricular Approach Q&A: Where Can I Find Peer Institutions To Collaborate With And Benchmark?

Whether you’re just starting your journey towards a curricular approach or whether you’re looking to improve your current practice, connecting with peer institutions for idea generation, collaboration, and benchmarking can be incredible useful and there are a number of different avenues available to you. Read More

Now Open for 2020! Why You Should Consider Applying to be an ICA Showcase School

One of the key features of ACPA’s Institute on the Curricular Approach (formerly the Residential Curriculum Institute) is the “Showcase” sessions. Showcases are presentations from individual schools that have adopted the curricular approach. Functioning similar to case studies, these showcases dive into one institution’s work with the model and the challenges and successes they’ve had along the way. Sometimes these showcases can be about an institution or department’s entire journey and sometimes they focus in on one or two aspects of it. Read More