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Pick the Right Curriculum for your Students David C. Cook’s Curriculum Evaluation Guide


Curriculum Evaluation Getting Started

• Pray together that God will Guide your curriculum evaluation.

How to Use This Guide

• At the top of each column, write the names of the different curriculums you’ll be comparing and, if appropriate, the age levels for which you are evaluating the materials. • Print a copy of this guide for each person who will be taking part in the evaluation. • Read through the guide. Where necessary, personalize it for your program by adding criteria to the printed lists.

• Examine the curriculum materials one publisher at a time and rate each with a number in the proper column, with “1” being the lowest and “5” being the highest. Jot notes that explain your ratings in the space provided. Look through an entire quarter’s materials and do an in-depth evaluation of a least three lessons in that quarter.

Making a Decision

• Talk through your ratings for each curriculum. The curriculum with the highest total should be the one that best meets the needs of your church.


Includes a salvation lesson each quarter (Early Elementary-Adult).

Each age level has Bible coverage in 2 to 3-year cycles (Toddler–High School). Adult follows ISSL. Each lesson contains a Bible memory verse and options for prayer.

Presents the essentials of the historical Christian faith and leaves denominational doctrines to be interpreted by the individual church.

2. Encourages a personal faith in Jesus as Savior and age-appropriate Christian discipleship.

3. Do the students learn stories of Jesus and the Bible?

4. Do the students practice spiritual disciplines such as praying and learning Bible verses?

5. Is the curriculum compatible with what our church teaches?

Subtotal

6. (Add your own criteria here.)

Presents basic Bible truths and stories as a foundation of each lesson.

1. Does the curriculum stay true to Scripture, including its foundational truths?

Teaches that God is not a respecter of persons. Emphasizes the inclusiveness of the Black man and people of color not only in God’s redemptive plan but also throughout Biblical history.

Each lesson contains a Bible memory verse and options for prayer. Encourages application of principles in lifestyle & community.

Provides an opportunity for advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ in a multi-cultural community.

Includes a salvation lesson each quarter at all age levels. Step four of each lesson encourages student’s response (salvation or discipleship).

Bible-based stories/studies and truths taught at all age levels.

David C. Cook Bible-in-Life Echoes

Criteria

Age Level(s) Being Evaluated: ________________

Both Bible-in-Life and Echoes work well with self-contained classrooms.

Focus on the Bible Curriculum

Curriculum


Each lesson follows an easy to teach and prepare 4-step lesson: motivate, learn the facts, practice, and apply. Method results in everyday life response. Church/Home link in each lesson.

Gives more than one option or activity throughout the lesson to best fit a class’s needs.

2. Are the lesson plans easy to follow, well organized, and easy to implement?

3. Do the lessons regularly encourage students to participate in age-appropriate action responses?

4. Do lessons provide a variety of activities and teaching options?

Subtotal

6. (Add your own criteria here.)

5. (Add your own criteria here.)

Uses appropriate multiple learning styles at each age level to engage every participant in the class.

1. Do the learning objectives meet the developmental (spiritual, mental, physical, emotional) needs of the age level?

Each activity promotes personal and spiritual development, and community witness.

Recognizes life needs of students and reveals life-impacting biblical applications.

Each lesson follows an easy to teach and prepare 4-step lesson: motivate, learn the facts, practice, and apply.

Uses appropriate multiple learning styles at each age level to engage every participant in the class.

David C. Cook Bible-in-Life Echoes

Criteria

Age Level(s) Being Evaluated: ________________

Both Bible-in-Life and Echoes work well with self-contained classrooms.

Curriculum

Focus on the Teacher’s Guide Curriculum


Subtotal

6. (Add your own criteria here.)

Step 4 of each lesson gives students an opportunity to plan how to apply the lesson in their own lives.

5. Are students able to tell how they might apply the lesson to their lives?

Step 4 of each lesson gives students an opportunity to plan how to apply the lesson in their own lives.

Activities are adaptable to a variety of class sizes and physical spaces.

Activities are adaptable to a variety of class sizes and physical spaces.

4-step lesson plan motivates students to learn, practice, and apply the lesson focus.

4. Can students effectively participate in these lessons in the physical space available for your program?

4-step lesson plan motivates students to learn, practice, and apply the lesson focus.

2. Does every activity help move students to applying the lesson focus?

Uses multiple learning styles and types of activities at each level to engage students

Materials are colorful with a variety of activities. Each student product ties to the lesson and reinforces the lesson focus.

Uses multiple learning styles and types of activities at each level to engage students.

1. Do lessons use visual, auditory, and kinesthetic methods?

Echoes

3. Are student materials appealMaterials are colorful with a ing, varied, and targeted to what variety of activities. Each the student will learn each week? student product ties to the lesson and reinforces the lesson focus.

David C. Cook Bible-in-Life

Criteria

Age Level(s) Being Evaluated: ________________

Both Bible-in-Life and Echoes work well with self-contained classrooms.

Focus on the Student Curriculum

Curriculum


Plans are easy to teach and prepare. Preliminary preparation is essential for effective teaching. The 4-step lesson plan means every student engages in the class. Activities and materials using different learning styles help teachers match the lesson to their students’ needs. Every age level has a quarterly packet of teaching aids which may include posters, manipulatives, game boards, and CDs. Each lesson provides a teacher devotional, teacher tips, and a section to help the teacher better understand the section of Scripture being studied in the lesson.

1. Will both new and experienced teachers be successful using this curriculum?

2. Are there options within the lessons to help teachers customize the lesson to the specific needs and abilities of students?

3. Are teaching aids plentiful, appealing, and well integrated into the lesson?

4. Are teachers given opportunities to grow in both their teaching skills and their own-Christ-centered discipleship?

Subtotal

6. (Add your own criteria here.)

5. (Add your own criteria here.)

David C. Cook Bible-in-Life

Criteria

Age Level(s) Being Evaluated: ________________

Both Bible-in-Life and Echoes work well with self-contained classrooms.

Each lesson provides a teacher devotional, teacher tips, and a section to help the teacher better understand the section of Scripture being studied in the lesson.

Every age level has a quarterly packet of teaching aids which may include posters, manipulatives, game boards, and CDs.

Activities and materials using different learning styles help teachers match the lesson to their students’ needs.

Plans are easy to teach and prepare. Preliminary preparation is essential for effective teaching. The 4-step lesson plan means every student engages in the class.

Echoes

Focus on the Teacher Curriculum

Curriculum


Each lesson has a Church/Home link woven between the lessons. Student take-home papers are available at most age levels.

1. Does each lesson provide ways for the Christian parent to be involved during the week in the child’s discipleship development?

Subtotal

6. (Add your own criteria here.)

5. (Add your own criteria here.)

4. (Add your own criteria here.)

3. (Add your own criteria here.)

2. (Add your own criteria here.)

David C. Cook Bible-in-Life

Criteria

Age Level(s) Being Evaluated: ________________

Both Bible-in-Life and Echoes work well with self-contained classrooms.

Quarterly Church/Home theme is followed at each age level Preschool–Adult. Quarterly Superintendant’s handbook is online. Take-home papers allow parents to reinforce principles taught in class.

Echoes

Focus on the Parents Curriculum

Curriculum


Materials are full-color. They are organized for ease in teaching and preparation.

1. Are student and teaching materials attractive, inviting, and user-friendly?

Subtotal

6. (Add your own criteria here.)

5. (Add your own criteria here.)

4. (Add your own criteria here.)

3. (Add your own criteria here.)

2. How do the materials fit into our budget and provide good value for the dollar? • Teacher’s guide • Teaching aids • Student materials • Take-home materials

David C. Cook Bible-in-Life

Criteria

Age Level(s) Being Evaluated: ________________

Both Bible-in-Life and Echoes work well with self-contained classrooms.

Focus on the Price

Materials are full-color. They are organized for ease in teaching and preparation.

Echoes

Curriculum

Curriculum


Criteria

Grand Total

Subtotal

Curriculum

Age Level(s) Being Evaluated: ________________

Curriculum

Curriculum

Focus on Your Own Criteria Curriculum


David C Cook Curriculum Evaluation Guide  

Pick the right curriculum for your students.

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