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Rigorous Curriculum Design:: How to Create Curricular Units of Study that Align Standards, Instruction, and Assessment / Edition 1
     

Rigorous Curriculum Design:: How to Create Curricular Units of Study that Align Standards, Instruction, and Assessment / Edition 1

by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
 

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ISBN-10: 1935588052

ISBN-13: 9781935588054

Pub. Date: 04/16/2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Overview of Book

This book is divided into four parts. Here is a brief overview of each part:

Part 1, Seeing the Big Picture Connections First, defines curriculum in terms of rigor, provides the background of this model, connects curriculum design to the “big picture” of standards, assessments, instruction, and data practices, previews the

Overview

Overview of Book

This book is divided into four parts. Here is a brief overview of each part:

Part 1, Seeing the Big Picture Connections First, defines curriculum in terms of rigor, provides the background of this model, connects curriculum design to the “big picture” of standards, assessments, instruction, and data practices, previews the step-by-step design sequence, and introduces end-of-chapter reader assignments.

Part 2, Building the Foundation for Designing Curricular Units, explains the five steps that must first be taken to lay the foundation upon which to build the curricular units of study, and provides explicit guidelines for applying each step.

Part 3, Designing the Curricular Unit of Study—From Start to Finish, gives the “nuts and bolts” directions for designing a rigorous curricular unit of study, from beginning to end, and concludes with an overview of how to implement the unit in the classroom or instructional program. Formatively assessing students along the way, educators analyze resulting student data to diagnose student learning needs and then adjust ongoing instruction accordingly.

Part 4, Organizing, Monitoring, and Sustaining Implementation Efforts, addresses the role of administrators in beginning and continuing the work of implementation. These final three chapters provide first-person narra - tives and advice to administrators from administrators who have personally led the implementation and sustainability efforts of curriculum redesign and related practices within their own school systems.

I have endeavored to pull together all of the elements necessary for designing a rigorous curriculum, to position these elements in a sequential order, and to provide a step-by-step approach for constructing each one. My hope is that this road map will not only “show you the way” to design your own curriculum, but also allow you the flexibility of customizing it to fit your own purpose and needs.

As with the realization of any lofty vision, it will take a great deal of time, thought, energy, and collaboration to create and revise a single curriculum, let alone multiple curricula. The best advice I can offer is to regard whatever you produce as a continual “work in progress,” to be accomplished over one, two, or three years, or even longer. As my friend and colleague Robert Kuklis points out, curriculum designers “shape and modify the process as they move through it. It is important that they know this is not a rigid, prescriptive procedure, but rather an opportunity for learning, adapting, and improving. This preserves fidelity to the process, encourages flexibility, and promotes local ownership.”

Whenever people’s spirits need lifting because the work seems so demanding, remind everyone that it is a process, not a one-time event. You are creating something truly significant—a comprehensive body of work that is going to serve your educators, students, and parents for years to come!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935588054
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/16/2011
Series:
Rigorous Curriculum Design: Series
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
9.98(w) x 6.96(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xii

About the Author xv

Preface xvii

Introduction xix

Part 1 Seeing the Big Picture Connections First 1

Chapter 1 What Is Rigorous Curriculum Design? 3

Chapter 2 How This Model Came to Be 11

Chapter 3 Connecting Curriculum Design to the "Big Picture" 17

Chapter 4 Overview of Curriculum Design Sequence 29

Part 3 Building the Foundation for Designing Curricular Units 37

Chapter 5 Prioritize the Standards 39

Chapter 6 Name the Curricular Units of Study 61

Chapter 7 Assign the Standards-Priority and Supporting 71

Chapter 8 Prepare a Pacing Calendar 79

Chapter 9 Construct the Unit Planning Organizer 97

Part 3 Designing the Curricular Unit of Study-From Start to Finish 111

Chapter 10 Select a Unit of Study and Identify Matching Standards 113

Chapter 11 "Unwrap" the Priority Standards; Write Big Ideas and Essential Questions 119

Chapter 12 Create the Unit Assessments-Pre-, Post-, and Progress-Monitoring Checks 137

Chapter 13 Plan Engaging Learning Experiences 159

Chapter 14 Recommend Effective Instruction, Differentiation, Intervention, Special Education, and English Language Learner Strategies 179

Chapter 15 Detail the Unit Planning Organizer 199

Chapter 16 Write the Weekly Plan; Design the Daily Lesson 231

Chapter 17 Implement the Unit of Study 253

Part 4 Organizing, Monitoring, and Sustaining Implementation Efforts 257

Chapter 18 West Haven's Comprehensive Redesign of Pre-K-12 Curricula 259

Chapter 19 Bristol's Established Process for Curriculum Development and Revision 275

Chapter 20 Advice to Administrators from Administrators 299

Appendix A Bloom's Taxonomy 317

Rigorous Curriculum Design Glossary: A Lexicon of Terms 321

Bibliography 325

Index 331

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