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Accelerating Student and Staff Learning: Purposeful Curriculum Collaboration

Accelerating Student and Staff Learning: Purposeful Curriculum Collaboration

By: Margaret Kay Psencik (editor)Paperback

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Written for primary and secondary school administrators and teacher leaders, Accelerating Student and Staff Learning presents a powerful model for professional development centered around conversations about curriculum. The author shows how school leaders can raise student performance by focusing the attention of professional learning communities (PLCs) on curriculum design. The book emphasizes the essential role of leaders in nurturing, inspiring, and challenging PLCs to engage in the critical work of curriculum design that is built around the following activities: - Developing common understanding of the standards and concepts students are to learn - Developing common annual work plans or curriculum maps - Designing aligned assessments - Collecting and using data to differentiate instruction and extend learning opportunities for all learners - Using the data to make ongoing modifications in the work of PLCs


Foreword by Stephanie HirshPublisher's AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorIntroduction1. An Overview: Collaborative Curriculum Design as Professional Learning2. Establishing Assumptions About Student and Staff Learning3. Determining Complex Curriculum Standards and Concepts4. Mapping the Curriculum5. Assessment of Student Learning6. Designing Instruction7. Analyzing Student Work and Monitoring Student Learning to Inform Instruction8. Using Effective Grading and Parent Reporting Practices9. Leading Schools to Sustain the Effort and Fulfill the PromiseAppendix 1. Our Assumptions About Student and Staff LearningAppendix 2. The Principles of Professional LearningAppendix 3. Our Vision of Our School: Iduma Elementary School, Killeen ISD, Killeen, TXAppendix 4. A Learning WalkAppendix 5. We are a School Community That Values LearningAppendix 6. Template for Developing Our Learning Community's NormsAppendix 7. Quakertown High School GoalsAppendix 8. Sample Letter to ParentsAppendix 9. Critical Attributes of a Performance TaskAppendix 10. Template for Culminating DemonstrationsAppendix 11. Example of a Task Analysis of a Culminating DemonstrationAppendix 12. Example of a Task Analysis of a Culminating Demonstration (Term III)Appendix 13. Precision in AdverbsAppendix 14. Middle Ages Scoring GuideAppendix 15. Culminating Demonstration Rubric for First Grade Students at Heritage ElementaryAppendix 16. Kindergarten Literacy Lesson PlansReferencesIndex

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412971461
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781412971461
  • ISBN10: 1412971462

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