Getting to a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum. Empowering Teacher Leaders to Develop District Level Rigorous Curriculum October 24, 2011. Greater Albany Public Schools 8J. Michael Ann McIlvenny, Director of Elementary Education Martha Kroessin, Writing Leader Facilitator & 4 th Grade Teacher
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Getting to a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
Empowering Teacher Leaders to Develop District Level Rigorous Curriculum
October 24, 2011
“It’s important to recognize that teachers are subject to the same motivational factorsas their students. Teachers, too, prefer collaboration to isolation in their work,…..Similarly, teachers resist overly-controlling environments and are highly motivated by the need to feel competent and masterfulin their work. Finally, solving problemsrelated to their practice is highly rewarding; deciding on a course of action to solve a complex problem is far preferable to following someone else’s script.”
“Believe in kids! Allow them to think, to struggle, and to reason with new ideasas together you find the excitement that happens when mathematics makes sense.”
All the skills identified for a leader AND,
A good Pacing Guide will . . .
Be the result of teacher collaboration
Based on the state standards (Common Core State Standards)
Provide curriculum guidance rather than prescriptive pacing
Provide links to rich material that teachers can access, include in their program to fit their own teaching, and learning styles
Be flexible and pliable; ever changing as students' needs change
Map out topics that are on the state test
Help teachers stay on track
Ensure curricular Continuity and alignment
J. David 2008, Educational Leadership
Trust the work of the leaders by:
There are GIANTS walking among us.
Leaders who envision a future where students achieve at levels beyond our wildest dreams;
Leaders who recognize and seize talent when it’s merely a wisp;
Leaders who believe that together has power;
Who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and dive in to help;
Who show average people how to do the work of superior people and not concerned with who gets the credit.
Who are the GIANTS in YOUR world?Martha Kroessin ‘11
Greater Albany Public Schools