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The Academic Decathlon® Curriculum Advisory Group
The Curriculum Advisory Group is an eight-member panel that assists in the development of the United States Academic Decathlon® curriculum by suggesting and selecting curricular themes, providing feedback on subject area topics, and reviewing the subject area outlines, selected poems, artworks, etc.
The members of the panel have expertise in a variety of subject areas and are generally experienced educators. Most of the panel members have experience teaching at the high school level or working as high school administrators. Three of the panel’s eight members are former Academic Decathlon® coaches and two are former Decathletes and thus are familiar with the needs, abilities, and interests of Academic Decathlon® participants. Members of the Academic Decathlon® Curriculum Advisory Group work on a voluntary (i.e., unpaid) basis. The group is geographically diverse, with two members from California, one from Idaho, one from Missouri, one from Nebraska, one from New Jersey, one from Oregon and one from Wisconsin.
As a non-profit organization, we aim to inspire students of all achievement levels to work together to learn more than they ever thought possible.
Academic Decathlon® Curriculum Developers
The United States Academic Decathlon® contracts with curriculum developers in each subject area to develop the subject area outlines, Resource Guides, and Notebook Dividers. Academic Decathlon® curriculum developers are teachers at the university level.
All Academic Decathlon® curriculum developers have advanced degrees in their subject area and have experience in curriculum development. All applicants must submit a resume and writing sample to be considered as a curriculum developer for Academic Decathlon® materials. Writers are selected taking into account their qualifications, experience, writing ability, and familiarity with the Academic Decathlon® program.
Academic Decathlon® Curriculum Reviewers
The United States Academic Decathlon® contracts with curriculum reviewers in each of the subject areas.
All curriculum reviewers have expertise in the subject area for which they are contracted and are generally current or former teachers at the university level. All Academic Decathlon® curriculum materials are reviewed by two curriculum reviewers. All Academic Decathlon® curriculum reviewers have advanced degrees in their subject area. All applicants must submit a resume to be considered as a curriculum reviewer for Academic Decathlon® materials. Reviewers are selected taking into account their qualifications, experience, and familiarity with the Academic Decathlon® program.
Student Exercise Book Authors and Reviewers
The authors of the Student Exercise Books are generally graduate students or exceptional undergraduate students in the subject area on which they are writing who are recommended to USAD by their professors.
The Student Exercise Books are also reviewed by two reviewers. These two reviewers are typically teachers at the university level, have advanced degrees in their subject area, and have experience in curriculum development.