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.
- Material Type: Teacher Materials
- Format: Softcover, 184 Pages
- ISBN-13/EAN: 9781935588405
- ISBN-10: 1935588400
- Product Code: 1589077
- National/State: National
- Copyright Year: 2013
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