Curriculum Development

curriculumWe are passionate about working together to enhance the capacity of those who serve our state’s children, families, vulnerable adults, and communities.

We have a newly adopted strategy that includes the SAVVY Start with broad stakeholder involvement from the beginning. It also utilizes advanced instructional design of context-based scenario learning. Learning within the context of their daily job is the best way to create positive change in job performance and effective practice.

Our deep understanding of the trainee’s job context informs how the training should be delivered for greatest impact.

Because the Center’s teams – Curriculum, Information Design, and Trainers – are involved from the beginning at the SAVVY Start, we all understand the bigger picture of the project as well as the development details they specialize in.

During the instructional design process, we consider all possibilities:

  • In-person and online modules
  • Workshops, large-scale meetings, and training series
  • Synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Media: expert interviews, video case scenarios, review modules
  • Other materials: websites, brochures, handouts, job aids

Rather than ask the project SAVVY Start group, “What should they learn about policy?”, we ask, “How can they apply policy to achieve best practice?” “What does good performance look like?”

To support the trainers who facilitate the project, Curriculum Development includes the creation of:

  • Competencies and objectives that accurately reflect the goals of the project
  • A training structure that enables participants to integrate new information with their previous knowledge and experience
  • Effective activities that encourage participants to apply knowledge and practice skills
  • Facilitator manuals, handouts, and other written materials
  • Analysis of delivery, feedback, and evaluation and subsequent appropriate revisions

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