Building a Strong Foundation for Standards-Based Curriculum Writing

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Middle/High Schools

Planning Document (PPT) 

This professional development sequence covers a weekly rollout of Phase 1, Goal 2, through Phase 2, Goal 1, for junior/senior high schools. The Planning Document, above, provides an overview of the professional development materials and their sequence, as shown below. Each step is designed to be 40 minutes long, unless otherwise noted.

Submitted by: Donald Stevens for Watervliet City School District

Contact: dstevens@vlietschools.org

Teacher Feedback Survey (Word): This survey contains advice for others going through the process, and projection of needs going forward.

PD #1: Phase 1, Goal 2 (40 minutes)

This 40-minute presentation and accompanying handout aims to build understanding of the academic vocabulary of the standards.

PD #2: Phase 1, Goal 2 (40 minutes)

This 40-minute presentation takes a closer look at the standards vocabulary, building common definitions of a content and academic vocabulary.

PD #3: Phase 1, Goal 2 (40 minutes)

This TED Talk activity focuses on aligning midterm questions to a standard.

PD #4: Phase 1, Goal 2 (40 minutes)

This 40-minute presentation focuses on getting to know the standards better by breaking them down to required student knowledge, skills and understanding to demonstrate mastery

PD #5: Phase 1, Goal 2 (40 minutes)

This presentation focuses on what teaching points are, giving examples.

PD #6: Phase 1, Goal 2 (40 minutes)

This follow-up presentation highlights common struggles with developing teaching points.

PD #7: Phase 2, Goal 1 (40 minutes)

This presentation introduces curriculum unit templates.

PD #8: Phase 2, Goal 1 (40 minutes)

This presentation reviews the standards for rigor, as well as data on how frequently assessed the standards are, and other public data on emphasis to determine the most essential standards.

PD #9: Phase 2, Goal 1 (40 minutes)

This presentation continues the work that began in the previous session, including beginning to consider unit themes.

PD #10: Phase 2, Goal 1 (40 minutes)

This presentation leads teachers in beginning to identify unit themes. Teachers will review their priority standards in connection to their syllabi and consider their units. Teachers will try to combine units that may go together in ways that will highlight the priority standards. Teachers will choose the first unit and pull out the standards that fall into that individual unit.

PD #11: Phase 2, Goal 1 (40 minutes)

This presentation focuses on understanding and identifying big ideas for the unit, and how to write essential questions.

PD #12: Phase 2, Goal 1 (40 minutes)

This presentation gives time to learn about each other’s unit elements.

PD #13: Phase 2, Goal 1 (full day)

This day-long activity gives time to work on writing curriculum units.