Transform Curriculum & Instruction

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Essential Professional Learning and Curriculum Mapping Modules:

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Module 1: Building Knowledge of Instructional Shifts


Leading Change: Transforming Curriculum for the Common Core
Strengthen expertise by analyzing the demands of higher standards and the intricate framework of the assessment consortia to effectively support the process that instructors will follow to align curriculum, assessment, and instruction.
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Making Sense of Math: A Focus on Reasoning and Discourse
Introduce teachers to the Standards for Mathematical Practice, with particular emphasis on the role of reasoning and discourse. Teachers will engage in reasoning and discourse, and discuss the implications for their students.
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Mathematical Thinking: A Focus on Representation and Procedural Fluency
Gain a deeper understanding of procedural fluency and learn strategies to support students in representing ideas visually, symbolically, and verbally, as well as helping students make connections between these different representations.
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Problem Solving: Developing Disposition, Competence, and Confidence
Understand how to build student perseverance in problem solving and applying mathematics to everyday situations. Learn strategies for engaging students in appropriate levels of constructive struggle and tackling high-level mathematical tasks.
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Module 2: Designing Next Generation Curriculum


Building Units of Study
Work in grade-level cohorts to create a Unit Template, examine priority standards, and group standards into units of study.

Creating a Pacing Calendar
Work in grade-level cohort groups to sequence units of study into a Pacing Calendar and ensure vertical articulation by sharing across grade levels or courses.

Defining a Focus Unit of Study
Deconstruct standards for a selected unit of study, articulating what students will know and be able to do by writing Big Ideas, Essential Questions, and “I can…” Statements.

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Module 3: Designing Next Generation Assessment


Navigating Next Generation Assessments
Build understanding of the Next Generation Assessments’ structure and item types in preparation for designing comparable classroom assessments.

Understanding and Designing Performance Task Assessment
Participate in a performance task experience to build understanding of these kinds of tasks by using a performance task builder.

Building a Timeline of Assessments
Evaluate rigor of created tasks then build a corresponding rubric and an assessment timeline for the unit of focus.

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Module 4: Planning to Engage All Leaders
(Delivery is customized based on school or district needs.)


Planning for Rigorous Learning Experiences
Reflect on the kinds of tasks and instruction that contribute to an effective mathematics classroom that will support student learning. Use a common vision to align learning resources for the unit of focus.

Planning for Differentiation and Implementation
Complete the learning resources for the unit and consider both differentiation and implementation of the units of study.