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Model Curriculum Units. Curriculum Summit November 6-7, 2013. Introductions. Connie Varoudakis - Regional Mathematics Lead Craig Waterman- Assessment Coordinator Linda Tarmy - Educational Specialist, Office of Tiered System of Supports . Agenda. Introductions

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Model curriculum units

Model Curriculum Units

Curriculum Summit

November 6-7, 2013



  • Connie Varoudakis - Regional Mathematics Lead

    • Craig Waterman- Assessment Coordinator

  • Linda Tarmy - Educational Specialist, Office of Tiered System of Supports



  • Introductions

  • Overview of the Model Curriculum Project

  • Video: The MA Curriculum Development Project

  • Design of a Model Curriculum Unit

  • Walk through a Model Curriculum Unit- CEPA focus

  • Questions

Overarching goals of the model curriculum project

Overarching Goals of the Model Curriculum Project

  • Provide model units that illustrate the shifts in the new Common Core State Standards

  • Provide models for creating units with Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessments in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and history/social sciences

  • Promote growth and development of leaders, teachers, and districts through curriculum design aligned to the frameworks

  • Meet the needs of all students in general and close the achievement gap in particular

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Overview of model curriculum project

Overview of Model Curriculum Project

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Model Curriculum Units

  • 100 PK-12 units in ELA/literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies by 2014

  • Exemplify the shifts in the 2011 Frameworks

  • Understanding By Design model with lesson plans and print/digital media resources

  • Lesson Planning Template that prompts teachers to meet the needs of all students.

  • Extensive unit review process

  • WGBH documenting the process

Model curriculum units

Model Curriculum Units

The model units provide districts and teachers with high quality and rigorous units they can choose to teach and/or use to advance their own curriculum development efforts.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Model Curriculum Units

  • Units typically take 2-6 weeks

  • Some standards may appear in several units (either revisited or broken out into discrete parts)

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Release of model curriculum units

Release of Model Curriculum Units

  • 66units have been publicly released, most of which will be tried out during this school year

  • 24more units will be released in November

  • Additional MCUs will be released in early 2014

    Released units can be found at:

Model curriculum units project resources

Model Curriculum Units Project Resources

  • Curriculum Development Guide

    • Including MCU Planning Template

  • Curriculum Development Videos

    The MA Curriculum Development Project

    The MA Curriculum Development Project

A walk through of a model curriculum unit plan

A Walk Through of a Model Curriculum Unit Plan

Take a look inside a mcu ubd format

Take a Look Inside a MCU: UbD Format

  • Stage 1- Desired Results

    • Standards/Goals

    • Understandings and Essential Questions

    • Knowledge and Skills

  • Stage 2- Evidence

    • Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessment

    • Other evidence- formative and summative assessments

  • Stage 3- Learning Plan

  • Detailed lesson plans

Model curriculum units

Identify desired outcomes and results.

Determine what constitutes acceptable evidence of the targeted standards (assessment).

  • Plan learning experiences and instructional strategies that prepare students to achieve success on the CEPA and meet the high level of the targeted standards.

Stage 1 desired results

Stage 1 Desired Results

Essential questions from this unit

Essential Questions from this Unit

Turn and talk about these essential questions from the unit:

  • How can equations be used to represent real-world and mathematical situations?

  • Given a particular problem situation, how do we determine which method of solving simultaneous equations will be the most useful?

    How would you answer these questions?

    How might a student answer these questions?

Stage 2 evidence

Stage 2 Evidence

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Stage 2 - Evidence

  • Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessment (CEPA)

    • Designed with the end in mind

    • Requires students to independently apply and demonstrate their understanding through complex performance

    • Goal is for students to independently complete the CEPA(s)

  • Other assessments, evaluative criteria

Cepa turn talk

CEPATurn & Talk

  • Look at the CEPA in this unit. What do you notice?

  • What are students expected to do independently? What are your thoughts about this CEPA?

  • What makes this assessment a good CEPA?

  • How might this assessment fit into your overall district, school, classroom assessment plan?

Stage 3 learning plan what do you notice about this learning plan

Stage 3 – Learning Plan What do you notice about this Learning Plan?

Stage 3 learning plan

Stage 3- Learning Plan

  • A “roadmap” of the learning experiences throughout the unit as defined in the targeted standards

  • Followed by detailed lesson plans

Model curriculum units

Exploring MCUScape for Grade 8 Analyzing and Solving Simultaneous Equations

Exploring the MCUScape

Use this guide to identify SPECIFIC pages and references in the unit where can you find:

Lesson plans

Lesson Plans

  • Choose a lesson plan to examine

  • What do you notice? Discuss at your tables.

Mcu lesson components

MCU Lesson Components

  • Standards & Essential Questions

  • Assumptions of what students need to know coming into the unit

  • Objectives

  • Instructional resources/tools

  • Anticipated student preconceptions/misconceptions

  • Assessment- formative/summative

  • Lesson sequence and description with Teacher Notes and Technology resources

  • Closing

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Lesson Plans

  • Scan the rest of the lesson plans and think about how they support students to meet the expectations of the CEPA

  • Discuss in your groups how the lesson plans support students to meet the expectations of the CEPA. Provide evidence from the lessons.

Digital resources

Digital Resources

  • All lesson plans contain rich digital resources, many of which are from PBS Learning Media

    • Videos

    • Interactive activities

    • Nova, Library of Congress, Leventhal Library, NCTM, etc.

Ensuring quality mcus

Ensuring Quality MCUs

Quality review rubrics

Quality Review Rubrics

  • ELA and Mathematics Rubrics Developed by the Tri-State Collaborative (MA, NY, RI)

  • HSS, Science Rubrics developed by ESE staff

  • CVTE Rubric developed with educators

  • Used to evaluate all model units

  • Can be used to:

    • create high quality model units

    • review existing units for quality

    • revise units

Structure of the rubric

Structure of the Rubric

Purposes of quality review rubrics

Purposes of Quality Review Rubrics

  • Provide clear, descriptive criteria for alignment of units to the new Frameworks

  • Designed for determining quality of units only

  • Provide meaningful, constructive feedback to developers of units

  • Identify units that can serve as models

  • Guide collegial review and jurying processes

Model curriculum units tryouts

Model Curriculum Units Tryouts

  • The purpose of the tryouts is to:

    • Collect qualitative feedback to ensure MCUs are high quality

    • Inform final editing and refinement of MCUs prior to publication

  • Feedback requested from teachers who try out the units

    • Provide general feedback to us

    • Complete an online survey

Model curriculum units



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