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Curriculum & Technology. Transforming Teaching and Learning Through High-Level Thinking Skills Charlottesville City Schools December 2012. Strategic Plan: Objective 1.2.1.

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curriculum technology

Curriculum & Technology

Transforming Teaching and Learning Through High-Level Thinking Skills

Charlottesville City Schools

December 2012

strategic plan objective 1 2 1
Strategic Plan: Objective 1.2.1

By August 2013, revise GPS documents and non-core curriculum guides to ensure the inclusion of 21st century skills and higher-level thinking strategies (as defined by Costa’s Three-story Intellect, for example) in each unit of instruction.

The Three-Story Intellect

Level 3


Predict Judge

Assess Idealize Forecast

Level 2

Compare ApplySolve

Analyze Reason Infer

Examine Contrast Explain

Level 1

Label IdentifyDefine

Spell Choose Name

Select Restate Match


the work we ve done
The Work We've Done
  • Last Spring
    • Identified 21st century and higher-level thinking skills to include in GPS documents.
  • Last Summer
    • Had curriculum writers in the core content areas identify at least two high-level thinking strategies in each unit of study.
  • This Fall
    • Introduced teachers to thinking strategies in the GPS.
challenging all students
Challenging All Students

Teachers can differentiate


According to a student’s

Readiness Interests Learning Profile

through a range of instructional strategies such as

tiered assignments learning centers choice board

complex instruction problem-based learning varied text

flexible grouping independent study literature circles

elementary english
Elementary English
  • School Year 2011–2012
    • Researched materials that
      • Aligned with new English standards
      • Supported 21st century skills
      • Stressed Costa's high-level thinking strategies
  • Spring 2012
    • Selected Benchmark Literacyfor Tier 1 instruction
    • Matched curriculum and assessments to new resources and Costa's levels
    • Increased teacher awareness of new resources prior to implementation
elementary english1
Elementary English
  • Fall 2012
    • Implemented new curriculum aligned with 2010 English standards
    • Trained all teachers on resource materials
    • Provided on-site coaching at schools
    • Offered site-specific professional development
secondary english
Secondary English

June 2012

  • Summer training on new resources
  • Curriculum planning with the best turnout to date!

August–November 2012

  • Training on new resources (live, virtual, ongoing)
  • Increasing rigor in instruction and on assessments
  • Encouraging collaboration and communication
  • Increasingly integrating technology
rigor communication and collaboration live virtual
Rigor, Communication, and Collaboration: Live & VirtualSecondary English

Discussion - A Raisin in the Sun

Moodle Chat - Huckleberry Finn

AVID one-pager

"The Green Gulch"

Moodle Forum - The Scarlet Letter

Reading Groups - Something Upstairs

historical thinking skills
Historical Thinking Skills
  • Chronological thinking
  • Historical comprehension
  • Historical analysis and interpretation
  • Historical research capabilities
  • Historical issues-analysis and decision-making
the language of mathematics
The Language of Mathematics
  • Aligned GPS to new math content standards (2009) and added process standards
  • Increased rigor with multiple choice questions
  • Focused more on open-ended questions & performance tasks
    • Math Olympiad questions
    • Quest boxes
  • Technology Enhanced Items
  • Exemplars
the rigors of science
The Rigors of Science


  • Integrate math computations and relationships into science.
  • Use simulations and model building to understand abstract concepts.
  • Focus on data analysis.
  • Use Project 2061 to address misconceptions.
  • Work cooperatively to practice and persist when solving science problems.
the relevance of science
The Relevance of Science

Students think like a scientist as they…

  • Partner with scientists in the community.
    • White coat ceremony
    • UVA students and faculty
  • Have meaningful, interdisciplinary field experiences.
    • Monticello
    • Camp Albemarle
    • Buford garden
  • See themselves as scientists.
how we support learners
How We Support Learners
  • Students and teachers report improved tablet image — faster, more responsive
  • Tablets received software & updates via SCM
    • Audio drivers
    • Shockwave updates
    • Shortcuts for calibration
    • Wireless repair
  • Tablets received site-specific testing profiles that support test application requirements
    • IA, MAP, and TestNav
how we support staff
How We Support Staff
  • MAP and IA testing issues reported from numerous sites
    • Not limited to specific hardware or location
    • Challenges were more global
    • IT responses included
      • Wireless assessments
      • On-site support
      • wireless network repairs and improvements
      • Image/profile updates for tablets to ensure acceptance of browser plugins from testing providers
how we support staff1
How We Support Staff
  • The work we are doing
    • Established web-based help desk solution for better reporting and tracking of issues
    • Provided Citrix Virtual Desktops setup to mirror programs available on Tablets
    • Have loaner Tablets prepped and available to coordinators and teachers
    • Offer ongoing evaluation and feedback via Blast committee, TACC meetings, and informal sessions
    • Meet regularly with school and division leadership
how we support hardware
How We Support Hardware
  • Improved Tech support at schools
    • Help desks are staffed during all school hours
  • Established a Help Desk ticketing system for tracking issues
    • System is populated by Help Desk staff
  • Completed Fujitsu self service agreement and training
    • Tablets are now repaired on-site
instructional technology team
Instructional Technology Team
  • The Team
    • Division Coordinator and 5 ITRTs
  • Their Skills
    • Instructional specialists
      • Explore, plan, implement effective teaching strategies
    • Curriculumspecialists
      • Understand, integrate, link curriculum and standards; model and co-teach lessons
    • Resourcespecialists
      • Provide instructional materials – websites, lessons, assessments
    • Professional developers
      • Provide on-demand support, demonstrations, hands-on training
technology integration
Technology Integration

Our goal is to transform teaching and learning experiences by integrating technology seamlessly into instructional practices so that the technology becomes a transparent and integral tool to teach the core curriculum.

curriculum and technology
Curriculum and Technology
  • Communicate
  • Collaborate
  • Organize
  • Manage
  • Research
  • Practice
  • Present
  • Assess
  • Reflect
  • Invent
  • Innovate
  • Access information
why integrate
Why Integrate?
  • Improve student learning by creating richer lessons
  • Increase rigor of academics and quality of learning
  • Stimulate curiosity and interest
  • Engage and motivate learners
  • Improve how all students learn content
why integrate1
Why Integrate?
  • Differentiate instruction
  • Project-based learning
  • Formative assessment with immediate feedback
  • Communication

Employing technology provides a variety of new ways to learn, and in the process, fosters independent thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning.

walker 6 th grade
Walker 6th Grade
  • 30% of teachers have a web presence
  • Daily use
  • Think Through Math
  • Online math games
  • Research projects
  • Blogs
  • Writing assessment
buford middle school
Buford Middle School
  • 93% of teachers have a web presence
  • Photostory
  • GIS/Mapping Tools
  • TEIs
  • Moodle Forum
  • Reading comprehension tools
  • ST Math and Think Through Math
  • Research
charlottesville high school
Charlottesville High School
  • 90% of teachers have a web presence
  • Blended learning in action
  • Flipped classroom
  • Comprehensive use and integration of tablets…
    • in every course
    • for all content areas
    • throughout classroom practices

Curriculum & Technology at Work

Probing scientists

Reading at the iPod Cafe

Hard at work

Working with graphing calculators

Exploring together