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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

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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • Followed by detailed lesson plans

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

  • Choose a lesson plan to examine

  • What do you notice? Discuss at your tables.

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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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



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