Dunkleberger successor to be named

November 08, 1994|By From Staff Reports

The school board is scheduled to choose a new director of curriculum, the person who will play a key role in what goes on in Carroll County classrooms, at tomorrow's regular meeting.

The board meeting convenes at 9 a.m. at Westminster High School.

The last person to hold the position was Gary Dunkleberger, whom Superintendent Brian Lockard promoted to assistant superintendent for instruction in September.

The position is one that oversees supervisors in each subject area, as well as elementary and special education supervisors.

When he was director of curriculum, Dr. Dunkleberger was often on the front lines in educating the community and staff about outcomes-based education, a philosophy that the Carroll County school system has adopted.

Outcomes-based education involves the setting of clear goals for what students should be able to do by the end of a unit, course or school years.

Detractors say there is a danger of the focus shifting away from academics and toward social and psychological approaches.

Dr. Dunkleberger and other supporters have argued that those accusations are unfounded in Carroll, where teachers, parents, business leaders and administrators have carved out a plan that emphasizes academics.

The person chosen tomorrow will also be responsible for staff development.

He or she will chair the curriculum council, with parent representatives from all schools responsible for screening all textbooks and literature before the school board adopts them.

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