Curriculum Overload

School Workshop Development

You can develop workshops in your school aimed at understanding, addressing, and preventing curriculum overload for students and teachers!

Guiding Questions

How can schools adapt to the continued expansion of human knowledge?

How can our local school work to understand, address, and/or prevent curriculum overload?

General design principles for a Curriculum Overload school workshop

What specifically can you do as a student or teacher?

This page outlines some minimal steps you can think about as you explore how your school can best work to solve the problem of curriculum overload. 

Learn more about our broader project

Curriculum Overload

The ProjectBase home focused on understanding and preventing curriculum overload in schools.

Workshops on the topic of Curriculum Overload should engage participants in the following processes:

Use resources from the OECD (2020) report, and our Curriculum Overload ProjectBase to develop processes for making sense of what curriculum overload is, how it has evolved as a problem over time, and what the effects on students and teachers may be. 

Use tools from our Curriculum Overload MethodsBase collection, or develop your own tools for reflecting on what students and teachers in your school think and feel about the challenges and solutions to curriculum overload.

Spend time to learn about and discuss possible strategies for solutions, short and long-term, for addressing and preventing curriculum overload.

For example:

  • Engaging school stakeholders in reflecting on the purpose and workability of diverse aspects of their local school
  • Engaging students as community scientists within evolving schools
  • Analyzing stakeholder involvement in relevant decisions
  • Measuring and evaluation of challenges and opportunities for preventing curriculum overload
    • Exploring possibilities for conceptual analyses of curriculum for interdisciplinary improvements
  • Networking of groups within and between schools to optimize participation and innovation

Reflect and plan for possible or actual next steps that could lead to practical solutions.

  • Development of more targeted community science investigations 
  • Sharing of findings with school stakeholders and leadership