CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

For more information on some of the books I've found to be especially useful, check out this list of art books.

WEB RESOURCES
Apple Learning Interchange http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/
PBS - How Art Made the World Series http://www.pbs.org/howartmadetheworld/resources/
NYTimes - The Learning Network http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/finearts.html
Art 21 http://www.pbs.org/art21/education/onlinelessonlibrary.html
The Smithsonian http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/art_design.html
National Gallery http://www.nga.gov/education/classroom/results.mhtm?search1=17&imgSubmit.x=61&imgSubmit.y=7
MOMA http://www.moma.org/modernteachers/
The Guggenheim http://artscurriculum.guggenheim.org/subjectareas/visarts.php
The Getty http://www.getty.edu/education/search/


UNDERSTANDING BY DESIGN
While studying curriculum development at RISD, we utilized the Understanding by Design Model. A main focus of UbD is "backward design" - which basically just means beginning your curriculum development process with the understandings you would like for students to have and letting those goals guide the rest of the process.
http://jaymctighe.com/resources/
http://authenticeducation.org/ubd/ubd.lasso


ENDURING IDEAS
Another focus at RISD was on developing curriculum centered around enduring ideas. Marilyn Stewart defines enduring ideas as "themes, topics or issues that reflect the big questions about the human experience... They are broad, umbrella-like ideas that guide students in understanding what it means to be human, to live alongside others and in the natural world. Human beings around the world and throughout time have expressed common activities, inclinations and ideas through art. There are connections between those commonalities and the great themes and enduring ideas that make art meaningful."

By constructing curriculum centered around enduring ideas, as an instructor, you're able to foster deeper understandings that make connections across many different types of subject matter and disciplines.

A brief list of examples of Enduring Ideas:

observation/perception
communication
culture
power
place
belief systems
heroes
celebration
relationships
good/evil
change (transformation)
ritual
reality/fantasy
imagination
life/death (lifecycles)
humans/nature
spirituality
conflict
survival
power
identity
interdependence
rites of passage
memory