Using Power Standards to Build an Aligned Curriculum: A Process Manual

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Award-winning educator Joe Crawford describes how to use Power Standards to build an effective standards-based curriculum and integrate them into instruction to achieve student success.
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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Lolli
"This book will help others create curriculum that will cause lasting change."
Jody L. Ware
"In all of my years leading districts through the curriculum alignment process, this is the first book that I have encountered that makes the process manageable and doable."
Mike Schmoker
"The author has written a clear, step by step handbook on how to select and organize essential curriculum topics. This book is a worthy contribution to the literature on creating coherent curriculum."
John Antonetti
"The strategies the author uses in developing and implementing power standards across a district are effective, practical and meaningful. Teachers involved become advocates of true alignment and meaningful assessment: systemically impacting learning. This process reaches all the way to the student desk, where the real learning takes place."
Douglas B. Reeves

"Joe Crawford is a veteran leader with a track record committed to excellence and equity. These strategies have been applied in some of the most challenging schools in the nation and these practical ideas can be used by teachers and administrators at every level."

Sharon Madsen Redfern
"This book will allow schools and districts to effectively align standards, curriculum, and assessments to provide continuity among departments and across grade levels."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412991162
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,065,995
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Learn more about Joe Crawford's PD offerings

Joe Crawford spent 36 years in public education at the high school, junior high, middle school, and district level as an English teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent focusing on improving student performance. He has been recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education in the Those Who Excel program and by the Carnegie Foundation in the National Systemic Change Award. Additionally, he was principal of a twice-recognized National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and met two presidents as part of that recognition. He was also chosen by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Milken Family Foundation as a National Distinguished Educator. He has also been active in the Total Quality Management and continuous improvement, and his work reflects the tenets of these industry-standard approaches to improvement. While doing this work, his district received a Silver Award from the Baldrige Foundation.

Following the work of Larry Lezotte, Doug Reeves, Mike Schmoker and others, he works with local districts to apply this invaluable work and research in the real world of public schools and kids—making the transition from research to reality possible and even pleasant. He works with teachers and districts to build capacity and to create a common sense of mission through shared ownership of solutions. By involving those who will implement decisions in the actual decision-making process, he helps create a sense of buy-in and a much deeper understanding of state standards and the improvement process, leading to sustainable, long-term improvement in student performance.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Jody L. Ware
About the Author
Software Availabiilty
1. Process Overview and Curriculum Issues
Chapter Expectations
Process Overview
What About National Standards?
Survey of Current Environment
What Are Power Standards?
Process Summary
Process Checklist
2. Designing the Work Process
Chapter Expectations
Who Will Do the Work, and What Will They Do?
Goals, Roles, and Responsibilities
Process Summary
Process Checklist
3. Developing and Deploying the Power Standards
Chapter Expectations
Getting Started
Developing Power Standards
Deploying the Power Standards
Publishing the Power Standards
Final Publication and Use of Power Standards
Gathering Feedback
Final Publication and Use of Power Standards
Process Summary
Process Checklist
4. The Next Step: Quarterly Instructional Objectives
Chapter Expectations
The Change Process Continues
Publishing and Communication Issues
Board of Education Action
The Group to Do the Work
What Are Quarterly Instructional Objectives?
A Curriculum System
Developing the Quarterly Instructional Objectives
Samples and Numbering the Quarterly Instructional Objectives
Realities of the Quarterly instructional Objectives
Publishing and Reviewing the Quarterly Instructional Objectives
Process Summary
Process Checklist
5. Planning for Common, Aligned Assessments
Chapter Expectations
What Are Common, Aligned Assessments?
Why Use Common Assessments?
Stepping Out of the Box
Predesign Issues
Considering Assessment Options
Doing the Work
A Sample of Doing the Work
Further Applications of the Work
Publication and Storage Issues
Scoring and Using the Data
Final Thoughts and Use in Response to Intervention
Process Summary
Process Checklist
6. Special Concerns and Issues
Chapter Expectations
Common Curriculum and Formative Assessment Practices
Legal Mandates
Instructional Strategies and Methods
How Do We Begin?
Process Summary
Process Checklist
7. Troubleshooting and Follow Through
Chapter Expectations
Ready, Set, Go! The Feedback Loop
Critical Questions
Dealing With the Feedback
Keeping the Project Alive
Final Thoughts and Advice
Process Summary
Process Checklist
Resource A: Standards-Based Curriculum Guide Models and Related Documents
Resource B: Sample Power Standards and Quarterly Instructional Objectives
Resource C: Suggested Forms for Developing Power Standards, Instructional Objectives, and Feedback
Resource D: Recommended Agency References
Resource E: Sample Results
References and Suggested Readings
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