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.

All Students, All Schools

The ICG supports the development of rich, authentic, and student-focused learning experiences for students of all ages, in all kinds of schools, around the world. Independent curriculum begins with an understanding of the needs of each child and the aims and values of each school.

The ICG Paradigm: Connect * Learn * Evolve

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WHAT IS THE INDEPENDENT CURRICULUM GROUP?

The Independent Curriculum Group is a learning community of engaged academic leaders, teachers, and schools working to promote the transformation of teaching and learning. Collaborating through our Partner Program and our events, resources, and services, individuals and institutions build capacity in the development of effective curriculum based on their unique missions and the special resources, needs, talents, and passions of their own communities of educators and learners.
With over 150 Partner Schools and Organizations, the ICG is an active consortium dedicated to supporting our Partners by providing opportunities to showcase examples of independent curriculum through our Partner Podcast series and our Independent Advanced Curriculum webinar series, where teacher experts from Partner Schools share their own best classroom ideas and practices. Thinkers and writers from our Partner Schools and Organizations have an open invitation to submit posts to our blog.
The work of the Independent Curriculum Group includes:
*Supporting innovation in teaching and learning
*Promoting dialogue between educators in all sectors and at all levels
*Facilitating collaboration among schools
*Providing professional learning for educators
*Supporting schools in all aspects of their operations in the service of teachers, students, and families
We invite your school or non-profit education-focused organization to join us in our work. It’s not about us, it’s about educators and schools that are pushing forward to create new and more effective and engaging ways of teaching students and developing the educational professionals we need to transform education.

OUR PRINCIPLES OF INDEPENDENT CURRICULUM

The ICG’s PRINCIPLES OF INDEPENDENT CURRICULUM exist to guide and inspire schools and educators in their quest to build the future of education. They are aspirational, broadly prescriptive but not proscriptive, idealistic but achievable. They are not a “litmus test” for participation in our work but an expression of what we believe effective school-created, student-focused learning experiences can and should be.

I.  RESPONSIVE TO THE INTERESTS, CAPACITIES, AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE STUDENTS BEING TAUGHT
II.  CONGRUENT WITH THE MISSION AND VALUES OF THE SCHOOL
III. MULTIPLE MODES OF ASSESSMENT
IV.  BUILT ON THE STRENGTHS OF THE FACULTY AND SCHOOL
V.  HIGH INTELLECTUAL AND ETHICAL STANDARDS
VI.  INCLUSIVE AND JUST
VII.  EXPLORATION AND CREATIVITY
VIII.  WELLNESS AND BALANCE
IX.  LEARNING A VALUE IN ITSELF

Click here for a weblink to the complete PRINCIPLES OF INDEPENDENT CURRICULUM
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