Rigorous Curriculum Design: How to Create Curricular Units of Study that Align Standards, Instruction, and Assessment
Grades K–12
Softcover
Rigorous Curriculum Design presents a carefully sequenced, hands-on model that curriculum designers and educators in every school system can follow to create a progression of units of study that keep standards, instruction, and assessment tightly focused and connected.
The need for a cohesive and comprehensive curriculum that intentionally connects standards, instruction, and assessment has never been more needed than it is today. For educators to meet the challenging learning needs of students—comprehend all the standards, prepare for a variety of formative and summative assessments, and demonstrate proficiency on high-stakes state or provincial tests—they must have a clear road map to follow throughout the school year.
Applicable to every grade, course, and content area, you will learn:- What a rigorous curriculum is and how to create, sequence, and pace such a curriculum- Why seeing the 'big picture' connections first is essential to beginning curriculum design- How to lay the foundational steps for designing a rigorous pre-K–12 curriculum- How to design a grade- or course-specific curricular unit of study, from start to finish- How to use formative assessments and data analysis to guide instruction before, during, and after each unit- How leaders can organize, implement, and sustain this model throughout the school and/or school system
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Getting Ready for the Common Core Navigating Implementation of the Common Core State Standards Book 1
Grades K–12
Spiral Binding
The Getting Ready for the Common Core Handbook Series is a set of five handbooks that takes readers through a systemic approach to implement and sustain the Common Core State Standards. The series effectively turns the reader's attention from the 'what' to the 'how'—it addresses how the CCSS should influence leadership, teaching, and learning. Each handbook in the Getting Ready for the Common Core series focuses on a unifying theme to provide leaders and educators with the rationale and tools for navigating the terrain of implementing the Common Core. The first handbook anchors the reader with an understanding of the issues presented from a historical perspective, offers advice to consider in moving forward, and provides explicit step-by-step strategies to follow to successfully ramp up the best of standards-based instructional practices at all levels of the organization. The second handbook provides guidance and specific strategies for navigating the English language arts CCSS, while the third handbook provides explicit suggestions for navigating the mathematics CCSS. The fourth handbook in the series focuses on using formative assessment processes and the Common Core, as well as strategies for aligning Professional Learning Communities and Data Teams practices as continuous improvement structures ensuring sustainability. The fifth handbook provides step-by-step guidelines, multiple examples, and instructional strategies to help struggling learners experience success.
This handbook is the first in the Getting Ready for the Common Core Handbook Series. It provides the roadmap that educators and leaders need to begin implementation of the Common Core. The authors ask readers to question their readiness and create a plan to support the implementation of the standards. The authors also provide historical background on how the standards evolved, why the increased rigor is critical for students, and how all learners can be supported using the Common Core State Standards.
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Getting Ready for the Common Core Navigating the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards Book 2
Grades K–12
Spiral Binding
The Getting Ready for the Common Core Handbook Series is a set of five handbooks that takes readers through a systemic approach to implement and sustain the Common Core State Standards. The series effectively turns the reader's attention from the 'what' to the 'how'—it addresses how the CCSS should influence leadership, teaching, and learning. Each handbook in the Getting Ready for the Common Core series focuses on a unifying theme to provide leaders and educators with the rationale and tools for navigating the terrain of implementing the Common Core. The first handbook anchors the reader with an understanding of the issues presented from a historical perspective, offers advice to consider in moving forward, and provides explicit step-by-step strategies to follow to successfully ramp up the best of standards-based instructional practices at all levels of the organization. The second handbook provides guidance and specific strategies for navigating the English language arts CCSS, while the third handbook provides explicit suggestions for navigating the mathematics CCSS. The fourth handbook in the series focuses on using formative assessment processes and the Common Core, as well as strategies for aligning Professional Learning Communities and Data Teams practices as continuous improvement structures ensuring sustainability. The fifth handbook provides step-by-step guidelines, multiple examples, and instructional strategies to help struggling learners experience success.
This handbook is the second in the Getting Ready for the Common Core Handbook Series. This book is a rich resource that succinctly summarizes the extensive key components in the English language arts Common Core State Standards. It uncovers the deep connections between the four literacy strands, explains the base of research, and provides immediately transferable resources for implementing the standards in any school or classroom. This resource also includes the learning progressions for all of the ELA standards.
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Getting Ready for the Common Core Navigating Assessment and Collaboration with the Common Core Book 4
Grades K–12
Softcover
The Getting Ready for the Common Core Handbook Series is a set of fuve handbooks that takes readers through a systemic approach to implement and sustain the Common Core State Standards. The series effectively turns the reader's attention from the 'what' to the 'how'—it addresses how the CCSS should influence leadership, teaching, and learning. Each handbook in the Getting Ready for the Common Core series focuses on a unifying theme to provide leaders and educators with the rationale and tools for navigating the terrain of implementing the Common Core. The first handbook anchors the reader with an understanding of the issues presented from a historical perspective, offers advice to consider in moving forward, and provides explicit step-by-step strategies to follow to successfully ramp up the best of standards-based instructional practices at all levels of the organization. The second handbook provides guidance and specific strategies for navigating the English language arts CCSS, while the third handbook provides explicit suggestions for navigating the mathematics CCSS. The fourth handbook in the series focuses on using formative assessment processes and the Common Core, as well as strategies for aligning Professional Learning Communities and Data Teams practices as continuous improvement structures ensuring sustainability. The fifth handbook provides step-by-step guidelines, multiple examples, and instructional strategies to help struggling learners experience success.
This handbook is the fourth in the Getting Ready for the Common Core Handbook Series. This book provides a focus for using formative assessment processes and the Common Core, as well as strategies for aligning Professional Learning Communities and Data Teams' practices as continuous improvement structures ensuring sustainability.
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"Unwrapping" the Standards: A Simple Process to Make Standards Manageable
Grades K–12
Softcover
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have formally defined standards of what students are expected to know and be able to do at each grade level and in every content area. Because state assessments are to be aligned with state standards, the standards have naturally become the critical focus for achieving the results schools are expected to produce. To meet these rigorous demands, educators need practical strategies that will help ensure high achievement levels for students in every instructional program.
'Unwrapping' the academic content standards is a technique to help educators identify from the full text of the standards exactly what they need to teach their students. 'Unwrapped' standards provide clarity as to what students must know and be able to do. When teachers take the time to analyze each standard to identify its essential concepts and skills, the result is more effective instructional planning, assessment, and student learning. From the 'unwrapped' concepts and skills, educators next determine the 'Big Ideas,' or learning goals, they want their students to remember long after instruction ends, and then write 'Essential Questions' to guide their students toward the attainment of these Big Ideas.
The process you will learn in 'Unwrapping' the Standards is practical, it can be understood quickly, and perhaps best of all, it can be implemented immediately to improve both the quality of instruction and the achievement of all students.
In 'Unwrapping' the Standards, Larry Ainsworth guides educators through each phase of the 'unwrapping' standards process. By sharing the many success stories of K-12 educators across the country, Ainsworth explains how to identify the Big Ideas—what educators want their students to remember long after instruction ends—and how to formulate the Essential Questions. The final goal of 'unwrapping' standards is for students to be able to answer, in their own words, the Essential Questions with the Big Ideas.
Included in this book are more than 80 examples of 'unwrapped' standards from a variety of content areas and grade levels. Also included are ready-to-use checklists and templates to help educators immediately apply this simple, proven technique for making the standards manageable.
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Getting Started with Rigorous Curriculm Design Book How School Districts are Successfully Redesigning Their Curricula for the Common
Softcover
Although the Rigorous Curriculum Design model was not created specifically to address the Common Core State Standards (the book was first published in July 2010—only one month after the official release of the finalized CCSS)—its practical, step-by-step approach to developing robust curricular units of study has attracted the attention of many educators and leaders throughout the country. Getting Started with Rigorous Curriculum Design is an anthology of case studies of nine different school districts that have implemented Rigorous Curriculum Design throughout their buildings, and have already seen changed teacher practice/increased student achievement as a result. These stories chronicle the journeys of these systems to date, and highlight the 'behind the scenes' secrets of what deep commitment to the creation and implementation of in‑depth curricular units aligned to the Common Core truly entails.
The Rigorous Curriculum Design (RCD) framework is a clearly laid out, step‑by‑step process that is welcomed by educators for its linearity. It begins with five foundational steps that need to take place before design teams develop each unit of study for a particular grade level or course: Prioritize the Common Core State Standards, Name the Units of Study, Assign the Standards to the Units—Priority and Supporting, Prepare a Yearlong Pacing Calendar, Create the Unit Planning Organizer.
Because the Common Core and the new national assessments are entirely changing the educational landscape, it is imperative that districts and schools do not wait to implement. They need to begin now to really get to know these standards and how they will be assessed by reading, questioning, discussing, processing, and applying the Common Core in the context of the assessment guiding documents. How our nation's students perform on the new national assessments will remain the primary accountability measure for our educators.
Every district group led through the Rigorous Curriculum Design (RCD) process has said, 'How will districts that are waiting to implement these standards ever be ready in time?' The RCD process reveals just how different the Common Core standards really are when compared to state standards.
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