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An Educational Leader's Guide to Curriculum Mapping: Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Cultures

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Developed for district leaders, curriculum directors, principals, and teacher leaders, this book shows how to lead a collaborative and sustainable curriculum mapping initiative.
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Editorial Reviews

Alice Learn
“A thoroughly detailed and insightful account of the leadership required for curriculum mapping success.”
Christine Christine Correa
“This book elevates the importance of the curriculum mapping process. It guides readers to think about the planning and administrative support needed for this initiative to have a lasting impact on the improvement of education in a district or school.”
Jennifer Mahan-Deitte
“My story begins, and still continues, with the learning that I have gleaned from reading Janet Hale’s books and the firsthand coaching I’ve received from her. She has provided me with the direction and sequential steps necessary to launch curriculum mapping successfully. I would like to see every administrator with whom I am currently working read this book. It would strengthen the initiative and make my job as their shared curriculum coordinator more effective and productive.”
Allison Brown
“As secondary curriculum coordinator, I wish our curriculum council and building administrators would have conducted a study on this book before starting our journey. It gives steps for successfully implementing curriculum mapping. We would have avoided gaps of knowledge, miscommunication, and loss of time. For those districts needing to reorganize their strategies, like our district, this book provides the strategies to get it right.”
Bill Sheskey
"This is a practitioner's guide to developing effective leadership in all stages of the mapping process. The authentic and time-tested strategies guide your district through successful mapping implementation and ultimately to a level of genuine sustainability in the mapping process."
Mary Helen Hart
"This book could save you precious time when implementing a curriculum mapping initiative! From theoretical information to practical advice for planning and sustaining systemic change, this book provides valuable tools for supporting your curriculum mapping work. It is ideal reading for study groups and individuals who want to deepen their understanding of curriculum mapping and the many factors that influence its success."
Janet Yonts
"Hale and Dunlap help educators navigate the complex system of curriculum mapping and provide extensive advice to school and district leadership teams. For district teams dedicated to creating a culture for systemic and collaborative curriculum mapping, this book is a valuable tool to propel principals, teachers, and district administrators into becoming adventuresome curriculum designers."
Ann Flagg
"Janet Hale and Rick Dunlap lead the way in explaining to schools and districts how to sustain a curriculum mapping initiative. The pages are filled with diverse experiences and telling insights. The authentic stories, practical guidance, and systematic recommendations are invaluable to administrators and teachers leading others in the curriculum mapping process. This book brings clarity to a complex process."
Diane Scott
"This is a tremendous handbook for those focusing on curriculum work reform in their schools or districts. Highlights include insight about the systematic nature of curriculum mapping; a framework for empowering teachers as leaders; and providing a variety of tools to guide and support school leaders as they design, apply, and modify curriculum on an ongoing basis."
Janet Boyle
"School leaders embarking on a curriculum mapping initiative should read and study this book before they move into the work. Curriculum mapping is multifaceted and systemic, thus requiring time, buy-in, collaboration, and thoughtful planning by school leaders. Hale and Dunlap guide leaders by providing sound advice, steps to follow, and anecdotes illustrating issues to be considered, offering examples for small and large districts that are beginning mapping or trying to reinvigorate or fix their current mapping efforts. I wish I had this book five years ago, as it would have saved me several headaches!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412974196
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/29/2010
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 830,406
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (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 or by phone at 520-241-8797. You may also enjoy visiting her Web site,

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Foreword by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
About the Authors
1. What Shifts in Thinking Are Imperative for Collaborative Curriculum Mapping?
Collaborative Curriculum Design
Review Questions
2. What Are Critical Considerations for Curriculum Mapping Leadership?
Defining Leadership
Administrative Leadership Considerations
Establishing Vision, Mission, and Action Plans
Review Questions
3. What Should District Administrators Consider to Support Teacher Leadership?
District Administrator Positions
Districtwide Administrative Support
Review Questions
4. What Should Curriculum Directors Consider to Support Teacher Leadership?
Curriculum Positions
Curriculum Considerations
Teachers as Learners
Review Questions
5. What Should Principals Consider to Support Teacher Leadership?
Building Trust and Teacher Leadership
Curriculum Responsibilities
Not Just Making Maps - Using Maps
Review Questions
6. What Do Professional Development Administrative Maps Look Like?
Professional Development Maps: Quality Map Writing
Professional Development Map Month Samples
Review Questions
7. What Do Professional Roles Administrative Maps Look Like?
Writing Professional Roles Administrative Maps
Review Questions
Appendix A: What Are Considerations for Developing Systemic Unit Names?
Appendix B: Officer Foundations of the United States Marine Corps: Leadership Traits and Leadership Principles
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