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Curriculum Review: An NCPQVE Service
Have you developed a curriculum guide, or are you familiar with any
you feel deserve national attention? The National Consortium is
interested in reviewing and nationally disseminating information about
high-quality curriculum for the field of vocational-technical
Specifically, we're seeking curriculum and instructional products,
designed for elementary through post-secondary and adult programs,
which reflect the following:
- Skills needed in high-wage and high-skill occupations, new and
emerging occupations, technology-intensive careers, or curricula
addressing new or recently adopted industry skill standards;
- Curricula which address the use of basic or academic skills and
competencies (such as those proposed by the SCANS Commission) taught
in an occupational or work context;
- Curriculum and instructional products which reflect work-based
learning opportunities, and are used primarily in youth
apprenticeship, cooperative education, and internship programs.
- Curricula with integrated vocational-technical and academic
content, such as materials developed cooperatively by vocational and
- Career planning and development curricula designed to enhance
The Review Process
A two-stage review process will be used. Phase I, conducted by the
National Consortium staff, includes a preliminary review of all
products using the Standards and Indicators formulated by the National
Task Force of the NCPQVE. For a comprehensive list of these Standards
and Indicators, see NCPQVE Standards and Indicators.
The Phase I Review will provide a general indication of the extent to
which the curriculum or instructional product reflects the quality
standards. A completed Phase I Review Feedback Form will be returned
to the nominator for each product received. This feedback may be
helpful in considering the curriculum for adoption, making revisions
and enhancements, and guiding future curriculum development efforts
designed to expand or supplement the initial curriculum.
Materials and products receiving high scores on the Phase I review
will be forwarded to the National Consortium's Panel of Reviewers.
This Phase II review will consist of an in-depth assessment of the
product by 3-5 experts selected because of their familiarity with both
the content and instructional design of the product.
Products emerging from the Phase II review with high scores on the
Standards and Indicators will be deemed a "Quality Instructional
Resource." For those products, comprehensive Product Profiles will be
prepared and disseminated nationally via the National Consortium
newsletter, the NCRVE, VocServe Network, NNCVTE, and other outreach
efforts. The Product Profiles will provide instructors,
administrators, curriculum specialists, and teams with detailed
information on the product and its content, instructional design
features, format, availability, and cost.
Materials receiving Phase II reviews will be submitted to the
Vocational Instructional Materials (VIMs) organizer to be considered
for their national award.
The pool of Quality Instructional Resources will be developed slowly
to ensure that the highest standards are maintained for curriculum
efforts in new and emerging vocational education.
How to Submit Material
If you are interested in nominating or submitting curriculum or
instructional products which you feel are worthy of national
consideration, please contact us for the Submittal Application Form.
Contact Margaret Ellibee and Barbara Dougherty, Project co-directors
Center on Education and Work
1025 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53706
phone (800) 446-0399
fax (608) 262-3063
Our email addresses:
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