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Curriculum Development for Academic Institutions

To assist our instructors and educators across the globe, our team of staff and volunteers developed a robust curriculum for legal based education programs and for those who are preparing candidates for the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) Exam, the Certified Legal Professional (CLP) Exam, and the Professional Paralegal (PP) Exam. 

The following describes NALS curriculum development process. As with any process, the curriculum development process is dynamic and tailored to meet the needs of the discipline and to ensure that students receive a viable and rigorous curriculum. There are four major stages of the curriculum development process:

Stage A- Structuring and Assessing

During this phase of curriculum development, the planning and research needed to begin curriculum development will occur. The goals of this phase are to gain a deeper understanding of the standards and of best practices in the field and in education and to develop a plan that will ensure timely completion and implementation of the curriculum development process.

Stage B- Development

This phase is where the substance of the curriculum is written. The work completed in the first phase will inform the writing process so that the written curriculum will be viable and rigorous, aligned to the standards, and articulated so that there is a natural and logical progression of skills from course to the next to ensure that every student is college and career ready. The goals of this phase are to create a yearlong curriculum map, to investigate potential resources that will support the curriculum, and to determine the professional learning needs of the district community.

Stage C- Continued Education and Development

During this phase, the curriculum will be prepared for implementation and professional learning will be provided to teachers and instructors. Professional learning will take place to ensure that the written curriculum becomes the taught curriculum. Through professional learning, teachers will have a clear understanding of how to implement the written curriculum, including being able to read units, translate the units into daily plans, and navigate and implement any new resources and assessments. They should also understand how and when they will be able to give feedback and whom they should seek for support when concerns arise. The goals of this phase are to create core unit maps, design or select common assessments, select resources if needed, provide professional learning, and to develop an evaluation plan for the curriculum.

Stage D- Implementation and Integration

During this phase, the written curriculum will become the taught curriculum. As the curriculum is implemented, evaluation of the curriculum will take place simultaneously as teachers will be able to provide feedback to improve instruction, curriculum, the use of resources and assessments, and any other aspect of learning and teaching as needed. The goal of this phase is to gather feedback during the implementation phase that will inform future curriculum development and professional learning. 

If you are interested in learning more about our curriculum development program or request a quote, please email our National Certification and Education Manager

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