MUSE Educational Consulting is closely following the development of the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, particularly its Crosscutting Concepts. At the same time, we value the expertise of local educators in the development of curriculum. When you ask MUSE to consult on a curriculum design project, you can expect a highly collaborative process in which educators and administrators play significant and ongoing roles in the development and evaluation of the project. Specifically,

We begin with a learner-focused front-end evaluation. 
  • What are the unique sets of knowledge, experience, and goals found in your learners? 
  • What do they know and want to know? 
  • What are they curious about? 
  • How does the content relate to their lives, their goals, their identities? 

The curriculum is developed collaboratively. 
  • We include administrators, educators, and other community stakeholders such as museum educators when appropriate. 
  • We view educators as our equal partners, supplying critically important knowledge about: work environment, community norms and expectations, history of failed and successful initiatives, and locally specific pedagogical content knowledge. 

Formative evaluation begins as soon as materials are developed and progresses at a pace that collaborators find comfortable. 
  • Because materials are co-constructed, educators have ownership in them. 
  • Educators’ own reflections are critical to interpretation of data. 

The final curriculum project is uniquely suited to the target community. 
  • Materials reflect the assumption that teachers are skilled professionals who can and should continue to make decisions for the best interests of their learners. 
  • The curriculum is living--it changes and grows with the needs of the learners and community.