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Welcome to the PCS K-12 English Language Arts Curriculum Review Team. a.k.a. Best Curriculum Review Team EVER a.k.a. E.L.A.C.R.T. Let’s take a Few minutes to introduce ourselves to each other. Here’s a big question: .
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Welcome to the PCS K-12 English Language Arts Curriculum Review Team a.k.a. Best Curriculum Review Team EVER a.k.a. E.L.A.C.R.T.
Here’s a big question: • What do we hope a PCS student can do with her English language skills , both at school, and when she leaves our school? • Our curriculum review should consider the answer to that question as the driving core of our process.
According to the National Academy for Academic Leadership, a curriculum review helps ensure that “a…program [will] • be consistent with its institution's mission, • have clearly defined outcomes it intends to produce, • use the best combination of learning experiences to help each learner achieve these results, • include an assessment process that shows whether the results are being achieved, and • use the findings of assessment to improve program effectiveness.”
What will we do? • What those people said; we’ll do that. • We will meet regularly throughout the 2013/14 school year to consider the English Language Arts Curriculum at PCS and how it’s delivered from kindergarten through to grade 12. • We will set clear goals of what the team hopes to accomplish, including a timeline of when we’d like to achieve certain specific goals. • We will discuss elements of the curriculum in light of the PLOs of the English Language Arts IRP. • We will consider how the spanky new “BC Education Plan” impacts curriculum delivery. • We will devise a ‘Scope and Sequence’, providing a consistent school-wide approach to the teaching of English Language Arts at PCS. • We will have a party. • Maybe several.
How will we do this? • Well, awesomely, of course. • We will consult a variety of curriculum design and assessment theories and ideas, and consider what is the best fit for our school’s mission and goals. • Once we have set the broad team goals, we will have individual/small group responsibilities and goals.
Practical Details • We will meet during Wednesday morning pro-D times, either one every three weeks, or once a month. • We will use a central communication tool (Glass Cubes? Drop box? Blog? GoogleDocs? School website?) • Questions? Concerns? Hopes/Desires?
Resources and links to consider • BC Ministry of Education English Language Arts IRP K-7/ 8-12 • BC Education Plan • Robert Marzano “Formative Assessment and Standard Based Grading” • Anything by Rick Wormeli (youtube series on assessment strategies) • http://www.rubicon.com/AtlasCurriculumMapping.php