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SCoPE: A Model Core Curriculum for Michigan Schools (Elementary). Presented by:. Dr. William J. Devers III. Elements of Schools That Work. Structures that Support Teaching, Learning and Caring Teachers that know the subject matter and know how to teach it in age appropriate ways

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    1. SCoPE: A Model Core Curriculum for Michigan Schools (Elementary) Presented by: • Dr. William J. Devers III

    2. Elements of Schools That Work • Structures that Support Teaching, Learning and Caring • Teachers that know the subject matter and know how to teach it in age appropriate ways • Curriculum that is clear, coherent and promotes depth of understanding • Assessment that informs instruction • Continuous professional development

    3. The Purposes of Curriculum • Focus - Identifies what is essential and significant • Connect - Reinforces complex learning within and across grade levels and schools • Equity - Ensures that every student has access to the curriculum

    4. Purpose of the SCoPE Site Project To provide a model K-12 local core curriculum in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies based on the Michigan Curriculum Framework and the Grade Level Content Expectations including units of study and lesson plans that are accessible to Michigan teachers via the Internet.

    5. What Makes the MCC unique? • Grade Level Content Expectation Driven • Research Based • Sample Curriculum and Plans for Education (SCoPE) • Assessment Tasks • FREE!

    6. The Grade Level Content Expectations Topic • Coding R.WS.01.01 Subtopic Grade Level Grade Level Content Expectation

    7. Criteria for Authentic Academic Achievement • Construction of Knowledge • Disciplined Inquiry • Value Beyond School

    8. Criteria for Authentic Teaching CONSTRUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE Students construct or produce, rather than merely reproduce, meaning or knowledge by interpreting, evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing, or organizing information. They express this knowledge in written and oral discourse, by making and repairing things, and in performances for audiences.

    9. Criteria for Authentic Teaching • DISCIPLINED INQUIRY • Students use an established knowledge base, strive for in-depth understanding for a major concept, problem, or issue pertinent to an academic or professional discipline, and express conclusions through elaborate communication.

    10. Criteria for Authentic Teaching • VALUE BEYOND SCHOOL • Students’ achievements have practical impact apart from documenting the competence of the learner. They have meaning beyond being an indicator of success in school.

    11. Criteria for Authentic Achievement with Standards for Curriculum AUTHENTIC AUTHENTIC ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT CURRICULUM CONSTRUCTION OF Reflective KNOWLEDGE Thinking DISCIPLINED Coherence INQUIRY Depth Alignment VALUE Knowledge BEYOND Application SCHOOL

    12. Components of a Subject Area Curriculum The Purpose of the Subject Area Grade Level Content Expectations Sequence of Study Grade Level and Course Overviews Units of Study

    13. Unit Plan • Abstract • Focus Questions • Benchmarks • Assessment Tasks • Connections / Career Pathways • Instructional Resources

    14. Did I say it is… FREE!

    15. Focus Questions • 1 to 3 maximum • Use to guide inquiry • Problematic • Open ended • Requires construction of understanding

    16. Grade Level Content Expectations • 4 to 8 maximum • Integrates knowledge with skills • Contextualized to the content of the unit

    17. Assessment Tasks • Assesses more than one Grade Level Content Expectation • Meets the Criteria for Authenticity • Expresses a task and identifies a product

    18. Key Concepts • A maximum of six • Highly pertinent to the topic • Powerful ideas of significance to the discipline

    19. Connections • Links the unit of study to other subject areas • Ideally linked units are studied at the same time • Links to Career Pathways

    20. The Product - Part II SCoPE Site Lesson Plan On average, there will be 10 lessons associated with each unit of study in the SCoPE Curriculum. Instructional time for each lesson will last between 1-3 days. When the project is completed, there will be approximately 3,840 lesson plans available to teachers online.

    21. Future Expansions • Elaborated Performance Assessments with samples of student work • Special Needs Accommodations • Design and Technological Studies Adaptations • Professional Development Learning Communities • Online forums, streaming video clips

    22. Did I say it is… FREE!

    23. Contact Information • Dr. William J. Devers III, Oakland Schools, K-12 ELA Consultant bill.devers@oakland.k12.mi.us (248) 209-2510 • Kelly Burklund-Carey, Oakland Schools Consultant Kelly.Carey@oakland.k12.mi.us (248) 209-2016