Stage 2: Implementing the Program
Once the go-ahead is acquired, the hard work of developing the program in detail
begins. While using the Advisory Council for program development may increase
the time expended up front to finalize the program details, it will also yield a
better product and more buy-in for the program in the long run. The first task of
the advisory council is to help develop the curriculum overlay. The second task is
to help develop good on-site project and internship possibilities.
STEP 12. Develop curriculum overlay outline
The fastest way to get the program adopted is to create an overlay to the
existing curriculum rather than trying to get the school district to adopt a
new one. As an overlay, the school officials do not have to try to convince the
district administration, board, and perhaps the state education bureaucracy to
change the curriculum. Adoption of a new curriculum can take years and very
considerable and persistent effort.
An overlay is easier to implement, but care must be taken because the overlay
will be non-mandated, additional work that the vocational teachers take on.
It should not be unduly burdensome to the teaching staff. The overlay should
expose students to the types of construction techniques that have traditionally
occurred in the school’s region. Nearly all overlays will include the basics
such as masonry, carpentry, painting and decorating, and many will include
metalwork. General CAD/Architecture can also be overlaid with an introduction
to architectural styles, an exploration of character-defining features, and other
architectural aspects of working with older buildings. Some overlays can
explore more preservation-oriented topics such as the Secretary of the Interior’s
Standards for Rehabilitation.
The historic building really is the best textbook a career technical student can have, especially when trade professionals can interpret the stories and present the materials and techniques to repair and conserve.
Bill Hole College of the Redwoods Eureka CA