Model Curriculum Development for English Language Arts Teacher Team Meetings July-August 2010 Ohio Department of Education
Goals for this Session You will have an: • understanding of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts; • understanding of the model curriculum; and • opportunity to collaborate with fellow educators and suggest instructional strategies and resources for the model curriculum.
Standards Revision Not later than June 30, 2010…thestate board of education shall adopt statewide academic standards with emphasis on coherence, focus, and rigor for each of grades kindergarten through twelve in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. ORC §3301.079(A)(1)
Standards Adoption By June 30, 2009 English language arts Mathematics Science Social Studies Common Core Standards State Standards
Common Core State Initiative • State adoption • Voluntary • State Board of Education adoption- June 7, 2010 • 100% of the common core K-12 standards in English and mathematics to be adopted • In its entirety or up to 15% state-specific content added • Next steps: Consortia of states will be encouraged to develop assessments & curricular materials
ELA Common Core Standards Framework The major areas or disciplines of study within each content area. Strands The main focus of the content within each strand. “What” students should know and be able to do at each grade level and band. Topics Standard Statements by Grade Level Standards Statements by Grade Level Standards Statements by Grade Band
ELA Common Core Standards Framework Reading Standards for Literature Key Ideas and Details Gr. 2 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges. Gr. 6 Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. Gr. 9-10 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
The ELA Common Core State Standards Document also includes: • Anchor standards • Grade level and grade band expectations • Text complexity • Illustrative texts • Language Progressive Skills, by Grade • Literacy standards for History/Social Studies, Science and other Technical Subjects(Grades 6-12)
Model Curriculum …the state board shall adopt a model curriculum…The model curriculum shall be aligned with the standards, to ensure that the academic content and skills specified for each grade level are taught to students, and shall demonstrate vertical articulation and emphasize coherence, focus, and rigor. ORC §3301.079(B)
Model CurriculumA web-based tool for educators which • aligns to the standards; • provides curricular and instructional guidance; • informs assessment development; • presents information specific to the content area; • is accessible directly from the standards; and • allows teachers to access content by subject area, grade level, grade band or course.
Elements of the Model Curriculum • Content Elaborations • Instructional Strategies and Resources • Differentiated classroom ideas • Critical Thinking and Inquiry • Intradisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Connections • Content Specific Sections(e.g., enduring understandings) • Expectations for Learning(only science and social studies)
Enduring Understandings • Statements summarizing important ideas and core processes that are central to a discipline and have lasting value beyond the classroom. • They synthesize what the students should understand. • They frame big ideas that give meaning and lasting importance to such discrete curriculum elements as facts and skills. • They can transfer to other fields as well as adult life • They provide a conceptual foundation for studying the content area • They are deliberately framed as declarative sentences that present major curriculum generalizations and recurrent ideas
Example of an Enduring Understanding Reading/Literature: “Reading is a process by which we construct meaning about the information being communicated by an author within a print or non-print medium.”
Model Curriculum Example Instructional Strategies and Resources Content Elaborations Content Specific Section DRAFT
Content Review Committees • Committee members will collaborate with the ODE to inform the development of: • Content Elaborations • Expectations for Learning • Content Specific Sections • Review committees meet from June– September 2010 • ODE will facilitate these meetings
Stakeholder Input • Teacher Team meetings • Collection of Instructional Strategies and Resources • 44-46 meetings per region across the four content areas • Review committees • Development of the Content Elaborations and Enduring Understandings • Content experts from across the state • Public Feedback • All components of the model curriculum • Educators and non-educators across the state
Timeline for ELA Model Curriculum Development Development of the Content Elaborations and Enduring Understandings. June-August 2010 Public feedback integrated into Model Curriculum November-December 2010 Regional teacher teams generate Instructional Strategies and Resources July-September 2010 State Board adopts Model Curriculum March 2011 Public feedback on Model Curriculum October-November 2010 ELA, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Standards Adopted June 2010 Final draft released February 2011 2011 2010
Anticipated Timeline for Transition to New Comprehensive Educational System State Board Adopts Model Curriculum March 2011 Planning for Transition; Standard Setting for Assessments 2013 – 2014 Planning for Transition; Field Testing for New Assessments 2012 – 2013 Implementation of New Assessments 2014 – 2015 Common Core Standards Adopted June 2010 2012 2013 2014 2015 2011 2010
Model Curriculum • Content Elaborations • Expectations for Learning • Content Specific Sections ModelCurriculum Instructional Strategies and Resources Common Core and State Standards