A Guide to Curriculum Mapping: Planning, Implementing, and Sustaining the Process


This practical, step-by-step guide examines the stages of contemplating, planning, and implementing curriculum mapping initiatives that can improve student learning and create sustainable change.

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This practical, step-by-step guide examines the stages of contemplating, planning, and implementing curriculum mapping initiatives that can improve student learning and create sustainable change.

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Editorial Reviews

David Woolwine
"Curriculum mapping has been a stepping stone for our faculties to become professional learning communities. It has provided a vehicle for our teachers to engage in professional conversations for the benefit of our students. Janet Hale has given us the road map for this journey."
Donna Bateman
"Janet Hale has captured the layered foundation of curriculum mapping. She makes the journey through the how’s and what’s of mapping an easier and more understandable experience. This book is a great resource for teachers beginning or already on the path of developing individualized maps."
Jeffrey Dolce
"Provides very practical strategies for designing and implementing a successful curriculum mapping initiative. Hale offers specific illustrations to help move teachers away from writing activities to designing curriculum. The concrete examples included throughout are easy to understand and will be used as guides by our teachers as we move forward with consensus map design."
Monica Duvall
"An essential, easy-to-follow guidebook. Hale has done an excellent job in outlining the step-by-step process of curriculum mapping. As a classroom teacher, I couldn’t imagine a better tool for planning and implementing my lessons. Curriculum mapping has helped me better plan for instruction and make certain that I have covered the necessary state standards. As I continue my journey on the road to developing more effective maps, this book will be a resource I will refer to and recommend to my colleagues."
Vanessa Eugene
"An excellent guide for schools and districts interested in implementing curriculum mapping. The author was honest in her approach, emphasizing that this process is not a 'quick fix' and that key components must be in place for it to be successful. After reading the book, I am ready to 'saddle up' and start preparing for a prologue year."
The Bookwatch
“An outstanding survey for putting data-based decision practices into real-world teaching experiences. Hale’s work with thousands of educators offers steps for mapping efforts that can fuel school cultures.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412948913
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/11/2007
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Hale is an educational consultant and trainer who specializes in curriculum mapping and travels extensively to work with rural, urban, and inner-city learning organizations. She enjoys assisting newcomers to the curriculum mapping model; supporting implementation procedures; aiding struggling initiatives; and advising those ready for advanced mapping. Her experiences as an elementary, middle, and high school teacher combined with a Masters Degree in Leadership and Curriculum are an asset when helping teachers and administrators just starting or already engaged in the mapping process.

Since 1988 Janet has developed a variety of national educational seminars and trainings. She has written an assortment of educational supplementary materials and has presented in conferences sponsored by the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the International Reading Association, and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Janet resides in Tucson, Arizona, where she enjoys bird, reptile, and wild animal watching in her backyard with her husband, Johnny, and their four-legged Schnauzer children. She can be contacted via e-mail at teachtucson@aol.com or by phone at 520-241-8797. You may also enjoy visiting her Web site, www.Curriculum Mapping101.com.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Foreword by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
A Resource for Teachers and Administrators
Overview of the Contents
About the Author
1. How Do We Need to Think, Act, and Meet Differently?
Thinking Differently: Planned Versus Operational Curriculum
Acting Differently: Verification Versus Speculation
Meeting Differently: A Collegial Forum
Review Questions
2. What Are the Four Types of Curriculum Maps?
Four Types of Curriculum Maps
Curriculum Map Elements: An Overview
Review Questions
3. What Should We Consider Before Developing Curriculum Maps?
First Consideration: Exploring Personal and Collaborative Understanding of Curriculum Design
Second Consideration: The Ongoing Nature of Mapping Reviews
Third Consideration: A Mapping Sequence That Is Right for Your Learning Organization
Review Questions
4. What Elements Are Commonly Included in Curriculum Maps?
Curriculum Map Alignments and Elements
Writing the Elements
Review Questions
Descriptive or Not Descriptive? That Is the Question! (Math Focus)
Descriptive or Not Descriptive? That Is the Question! (Language Arts Focus)
Skill Versus Activity (Math Focus: Primary Grades)
Skill Versus Activity (Various-Discipline Focus: Upper Grades)
Assessment Versus Evaluation
5. What Should We Know Before Creating Diary Maps or Projected Maps?
Points to Ponder
Implementation Considerations
Sample Projected/Diary Maps
Review Questions
Conducting an Initial Read-Through: Facilitator Explanation and How-To Guide
Conducting an Initial Read-Through: Team Member Explanation and How-To Guide
Initial Read-Through: Collaborating to Create Quality Maps
Initial Read-Through Card Shuffle Debrief
6. What Should We Know Before Creating Consensus Maps and Essential Maps?
Map Type Differentiation
Developmental Considerations
Sample Consensus Maps and Essential Maps
Review Questions
7. How Should We Be Using Our Created Curriculum Maps?
Conducting Data-Driven Reviews
Investigating the Curriculum
Review Questions
8. What Data Is Often Incorporated When Refining Curriculum Maps?
Additional Map Data
Essential and Supporting Questions
Review Questions
9. How May Standards Influence Our Curriculum Design?
Standards and Curriculum
Breaking Apart Standards
Determining Power Standards
Review Questions
10. What Should We Consider Regarding Technology?
Commercial Online Mapping Systems
Mapping System Considerations
Review Questions
11. What Should We Focus on When Planning Our Implementation?
Systemic Change and Curriculum Mapping
Action Plans
Review Task
12. What Roadblocks and Brick Walls May We Encounter Along the Way?
Practical Advice From Practitioners
Glossary of Terms
Curriculum Mapping
Types of Maps
Map Elements
Seven-Step Review Process
Common Review Focuses
Curriculum Mapping Intra-Organizations
Miscellaneous Terms

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