The Independent Curriculum Group grew out of conversations among a group of public and independent secondary schools around the role of externally imposed advanced curricula. Do such curricula, and the external examination systems that support them, best represent the missions of of schools and the interests of students and teachers? The ICG’s parent group knew that our most important work would be in supporting schools and teachers in developing the capacity to design and implement high quality, mission-based, teacher-created curriculum and assessments. In 2008 we became the Independent Curriculum Group, with Bruce Hammond as founding Executive Director.
The ICG received 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in 2009 and began organizing and facilitating a series of regional conferences and conversations on many aspects of 21st-century learning, from best practices in teaching and curriculum design to leading and managing school innovation.The ICG has also provided consulting services and support to schools engaged in developing their own kinds of “independent curriculum.” In 2013 the ICG moved to Massachusetts to begin a new phase in its evolution as a source of thought leadership, support, advocacy, and events. Above all, we are a growing community of connected, energized educators and forward-thinking schools
Becoming an Independent Curriculum Group Partner
The Independent Curriculum Group is extremely proud of the diversity of voices in our Partner School and Organization community. The purpose of the ICG is to help each of our Partner Schools develop the ideas, the resources, the capabilities, and the confidence to best serve its own students in alignment its own mission and values. The special knowledge and expertise of our Partner Organizations complements and supports the ICG and our community of schools in this work.
The ICG is committed to making access to our community and resources affordable; the annual Partnership fee is $250 for non-profit schools (including public school districts) and non-profit organizations with an educational mission, although this fee is waived for individual public schools over fifty percent of whose students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch under federal guidelines.
Schools and organizations wishing to become ICG Partner Schools—eligible for event discounts and to post on our Partner blog as well as entitled to display the ICG Partner School badge on their websites and materials—should check out information on new Partnerships by clicking HERE.
We are also pleased to offer, for a $35 fee, the opportunity for interested educators and friends of education to become ICG Individual Partners, with eligibility for event discounts and other Partner benefits. Click HERE to learn more and to sign up as an ICG Individual Partner.
Current ICG Partner Schools and Organizations