What's the New Integrated Curriculum in 2018?

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What's the New Integrated Curriculum in 2018?

Postby mevans » Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:40 am

In another thread, we received this comment:
richmanll wrote:With the new integrated curriculum coming in 2018 for children, youth, and adults, there will be less of a need to have a tool to schedule lessons for the year and post them. The materials to be provided to teachers and students will include a study schedule.


Is this going to change everything? For example, with Relief Society and Melchizedek Priesthood no longer have "teachings of the prophets" on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays and general conference addresses on the 4th Sundays?

Is all the youth curriculum (Sunday School/YM/YW) going to change again?

Will there be no more Gospel Principles class? (or is it Gospel Essentials?)

richmanll said there will be less need to have a tool, but I have to imagine with the new "teaching in the Savior's way" program that they'll still want us to prepare in advance for class (one of the things I liked about Lesson Schedules was the ease of studying for class in advance).

Or will the study schedule that richmanll mentioned dictate what we are to study on a given week, church wide? If so, I suppose they could post it on lds.org for the whole church. That would actually be nice. Then if I go to a different ward, I'm not getting a lesson repeat from the previous week. But, if it's going to be a study schedule like we currently have--a list of lessons with no date--then there's the need for a tool so we know what lesson we're doing on what date. The current youth curriculum has monthly themes, but even in that, you're supposed to pick certain subtopics each week, and the Lesson Schedules tool allows you to do that.

Hmm...we might be stuck waiting until August to find out more.

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Re: What's the New Integrated Curriculum in 2018?

Postby kellymab » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:06 pm

Several years ago when the church first started hinting at the change in 2014 the general Sunday School president said the new curriculum would be similar to the come follow me program the youth currently have. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/8656 ... tml?pg=all

In a personal conversation I had with a member of the relief society general board, she affirmed that that was the direction things were headed, but that nothing was completely firm with how it would go just yet. This was over 18 months ago.

I'm sure there won't be a Monson Teachings book published until after his death; he still have much to teach us. While there are literally millions of members who were not around when they first started publishing the books in the mid 90's, I doubt they will start over with them.

The biggest thing is to not fret over what will happen. Trust that everything will work out in the end. Change is hard, but well worth changing that cottage into a mansion.

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Re: What's the New Integrated Curriculum in 2018?

Postby johnshaw » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:11 am

You might be interested to listen to a podcast with a SS president that participated in the initial beta last year, 2016 https://leadinglds.org/how-i-lead-as-su ... l-program/

The church usually does this beta thing a couple years in a row, learn and tweak after the first year, then implement the 3rd year after the 2nd year is completed with tweaks.
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Re: What's the New Integrated Curriculum in 2018?

Postby johnshaw » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:51 am

@richmanll

Anything you could add would be great. I know one thing my previous stake benefited from was that I knew someone who had been in the beta of come follow me and that it heavily used the videos. I was able to work with a Stake President and FM to update TV's in our meetinghouses ahead of come follow me, where most stakes were stuck backpedaling and trying to figure out what to do. TONS of money came out of ward and stake budgets to upgrade TV's (regardless of what the 'rules' were) so any adjustments might be nice.

For example: If the new system involves a similar structure as come, follow me, but also in the home, do families at home know how to screen cast from Apple or Android? for Lessons? Do members have those technologies in their homes? Will the Church be adding some kind of consistent presentation technology to go along with LDS Media Library (which seems to be build to accompany this newer integrated curriculum)? Will we have enough Lead-time to get ready to start well out-of-the-gate in January 2018?

One example of the roll-out of Come, Follow Me - arguably a real disaster. The program as designed relied on the Internet in Meetinghouses (a three year plan to get all meetinghouses on the internet fell short, really short, 'internet access' didn't really mean that we could stream and have lessons online, it really meant, to FM anyway, that MLS could do it's work online and leaders could get their email/etc..) So we had to backpedal and say, well, we really intended all along that you download everything before you come to church and play it on your own personal devices (because TV's were so old in most meetinghouses we couldn't connect to them to play the videos).... Internet issues and TV infrastructure problems really showed how badly this rolled out, it caused SIGNIFICANT pain (time/hours away from families) to volunteers that were tasked by Stake President, most of whom came up with unique, individualized solutions to the problem.

The latest example of rolling out new curriculum items came with D&C this year. Peggy @ SLTRIB wrote an article quoting some curriculum folks, the newsroom put out an article about the Revelations in context first week of December, then nothing. NO communication to Bishops/Branch Presidents, Stake Presidencies, that something changed, just a quiet little update online and to the mobile tools content of the D&C Teacher Manual - NOT EVEN the member class participation manual was updated. The Teacher Manual was updated in the last week of December, giving teachers less than a couple of weeks to prepare information on the seer stone use in translation, the first vision accounts, etc...

It would be so nice, if we had communication about this new methodology WELL before we start to use it... something the First Presidency would announce at General Conference, For instance. Hey, families, starting next year, here's how this is going to work, you might start to put in place some strategies in your family home evenings this year to help ease the transition.

I hope we don't get
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