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Engaged Students

Research says that engaged students learn best, and the ICG believes that the most engaging curriculum is built around the values and aspirations of schools, who best know how to meet the needs and interests of their own students. The ICG believes that schools are first and foremost for students.

Motivated Teachers

Responsive, student-centered school cultures allow teachers to be coaches and entrepreneurs rather than custodians and to design courses and assessments that make the best use of resources in the school community and the wider world. Teaching in our time is above all a learning profession.

Purposeful Schools

Twenty-first century education is a dynamic process. As globalization and information technology transform the world, schools must be equipped with the ideas and the expertise to prepare students to meet the challenges they will face—challenges not just of skills and knowledge but of character and purpose.

Connected Educators

In our time no educator should be working alone, and the ICG believes that teachers who connect through shared professional conversations and learning experiences will be leaders in the evolution not only of their own areas of practice but of the culture of learning in all schools, for all students.

The ICG Paradigm: Connect * Learn * Evolve

Who We Are & What We Believe

The Independent Curriculum Group brings together educators and schools who share a belief that the most effective curricula are those created by teachers in schools to support learning based on teacher goals, school missions, and the needs of actual students. We believe that rigorous, in-depth learning and high-level skill development can be facilitated and measured by capable teachers working in school environments dedicated to teacher growth as a continuous and optimistic process and where innovative ideas and practices are sought and embraced by administrators, teachers, families, and students alike.

With a fierce admiration for the legacy of educational giants like Maria Montessori, John Dewey, Theodore Sizer, and Grant Wiggins, the Independent Curriculum Group understands that students must be at the center of the education process. We know that students retain more, probe more deeply, and have more motivation as active creators rather than passive recipients of learning, and we are dedicated to the idea that students thrive most in educational cultures that incorporate the best of both established and innovative educational theory and practice. As we learn ever more about the nature of learning and of human development, we believe that schools must develop the capacity and expand their own freedom to incorporate new knowledge that benefits all students.Our mission is to support that development through programming, school and teacher services, and thought leadership that helps educators and schools enact these beliefs to the highest possible degree.

“Our classes are not so much about the transfer of knowledge, but about students constructing knowledge for themselves.”
Mark Salkind, Head of School
The Urban School of San Francisco

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Upcoming Events

  • New Webinar! Teacher-Leaders and Technology Integration
    Many schools are experimenting with “teacher leader” models to further curricular technology integration. With a solid track record of supporting and inspiring faculty in an exemplary innovative school, Tech Integrationists, classroom teachers, and experienced presenters Melissa Alkire and Yolanda Wilcox-Gonzalez
  • New Webinar for September! Planning Schedule Change
    “The schedule must serve the curriculum,” is a mantra that everyone has heard, and the pressure in schools for schedule change is growing. But the process of choosing or developing a new schedule and then implementing the change is fraught
  • ICG Seminars: Learning In Person
    In 2015-16 the Independent Curriculum Group will be introducing seminars in various locations on topics designed to meet particular needs of schools and school leaders as they strengthen school cultures in the name of independent curriculum. Below is the schedule
  • Have a Strategic Plan for Recruiting and Hiring? Our webinars can help
    Recruiting and hiring the finest teachers begins with developing a clear understanding of your school’s particular needs and culture. Beginning in December 2015 ICG executive director Peter Gow, author of An Admirable Faculty: Recruiting, Hiring, Training, and Retaining the Best
  • 2015 Academic Leaders Retreat EAST (October 21-23)
    Join us on OCTOBER 21–23, 2015 at WHISPERING PINES CONFERENCE CENTER of the University of Rhode Island for the ICG’s 2015 Academic Leaders Retreat EAST. This unique event is for academic deans, deans of faculty, deans of study, assistant heads
  • Academic Leaders Retreat 2015 WEST! The ICG goes to New Mexico! (November 4-6)
    Join us on NOVEMBER 4–6, 2015 at the storied GHOST RANCH Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico, for the ICG’s 2015 Academic Leaders Retreat WEST. This unique event is for academic deans, deans of faculty, deans of study,