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Curriculum Guides. Fall 2007. What Is The Purpose Of A Curriculum Guide?. Purpose of Curriculum Guide. Provides direction for teachers Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment Ensures alignment, closes gaps Systemic view of how a student progresses through a system PreK-12

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Purpose of curriculum guide
Purpose of Curriculum Guide

  • Provides direction for teachers

    • Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment

  • Ensures alignment, closes gaps

  • Systemic view of how a student progresses through a system PreK-12

  • Accountability for all



Four essential questions an curriculum auditor will ask
Four Essential Questions An Curriculum Auditor Will Ask

DESIGN

  • Is it there? (Curricular scope-coverage)

  • Is it any good? (Analysis of the curriculum documents on quality criteria)

    DELIVERY

  • Is it used?

  • Did it make a difference?


Curriculum guide analysis
Curriculum Guide Analysis

  • 5 Criteria Used in PDK Audits:

    • Clarity and Specificity of Objectives

      • States for each objective the what, when (sequence within course/grade), how actual standard is performed, and amount of time to be spent learning.

    • Congruity of the Curriculum to the Assessment Process

      • Each objective is keyed to district and/or state performance assessments.


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Curriculum Guide Analysis Cont.

  • Criteria Used by PDK

    • Delineation of the Prerequisite Essential Skills, Knowledge, and Attitudes

      • States specific documented prerequisite or description of discrete skills/concepts required prior to this learning (may be a scope and sequence across grades/course if PreK-12)

    • Delineation of the Major Instructional Tools

      • States for each objective the “match” between the basic text/instructional resource(s) and the curriculum objective


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Curriculum Guide Analysis Cont.

  • Criteria Used by PDK

    • Clear Approaches for Classroom Use

      • Provides specific examples on how to approach key concepts/skills in the classroom (strategies)


Simply put things within a curriculum guide
Simply Put - Things Within A Curriculum Guide

  • Course Name

  • Standards/Benchmarks/ Indicators/Objectives (Learning Targets)

  • Essential Understandings, Knowledge, Skills & Attitudes To Be Learned

    • Concepts (Declarative Knowledge) & Skills (Procedural Knowledge) To Be Learned

      • Clarification: Intro, Mastery or Extend/Maintain

  • Prerequisites for Course

  • Content Vocabulary


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Simply Put - Things Within A Curriculum Guide Cont.

  • District Reference (Textbook) & Supplementary Materials/Other Resources (Resource Alignment)

  • Instructional or Teaching Activities

  • Method or Models of Instruction to Use

    • Strategy Alignment

  • Context

    • Conditions In Which To Be Learned


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Simply Put - Things Within A Curriculum Guide Cont.

  • Bloom’s Level Targeted

  • Reteach/Remedial Activities

  • Expansion/Extension

  • Interdisciplinary Connections

  • Sample (District) Assessment Item(s); Correlation to State and National Testing

    • District adopted short cycle assessments & rubrics


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Simply Put - Things Within A Curriculum Guide Cont.

  • Teaching Time Allocated (For Unit/Concepts/Skills)

  • Pacing Guide for Year

  • Possible Accommodations for Special Ed Students


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