Aligning and Balancing the Standards-based Curriculum

Aligning and Balancing the Standards-based Curriculum

By: David A. Squires (author)Hardback

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'A coherent approach to curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the age of standards-driven education!. It will be an excellent contribution'. - H Lynn Erickson, Author, "Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction" (Corwin Press 2002). 'The book builds a bridge of confidence that will convince readers both of the ideas and their own ability to succeed' - David W Champagne, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh. 'A wonderful and thorough explanation of the Balanced Curriculum' - Michelle Barnea, Educational Consultant, Milburn, New Jersey. The book offers a comprehensive collection of curriculum mapping and assessment tools, including sample lessons, rubrics, planning guides, state-specific examples of implementation; and screen shots from the online database, all illustrating the balanced curriculum process in action.

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David A. Squires is currently an associate professor working with doctoral students in the Educational Leadership Program at Southern Connecticut State University, specializing in curriculum, school reform, and organizational development. Previous positions include with the Comer School Development Program at Yale University; as a central office administrator for over a decade in Red Bank, New Jersey, where student achievement improved from below to above grade level; as a research specialist at Research for Better Schools in Philadelphia; as a graduate research assistant in the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his doctorate in curriculum and super-vision with minors in language arts education and administration; and as a high school English teacher in suburban Pittsburgh and inner-city Cleveland. He heads a con-sulting firm, ABC Education Consultants, LLC, that assists school districts in writing and implementing the Balanced Curriculum.


Foreword - Fenwick W. English Preface About the Author About the Balanced Curriculum Web Site Introduction Section I. Curriculum Tools and Concepts: Textbooks, Standards, Alignment, and Standardized Testing 1. Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Standards 2. Textbooks: What the Research Says 3. Understanding and Using National, State, and Local Frameworks and Standards 4. The Importance of Aligning Curriculum 5. The Conundrum of Standardized Testing Section II. The Design of the Balanced Curriculum 6. Curriculum Structure and Criteria for a Useful and Useable Curriculum 7. The Balanced Curriculum Process 8. Setting Up the Curriculum Writing Process 9. Defining the Components of a Good Program 10. Reviewing Standards, Sequencing Courses, Describing Units, and Delineating Unit Timelines 11. Other Standards for Alignment and Balance 12. Generating and Validating Significant Tasks 13. Aligning the Balanced Curriculum With Standards and Assessments 14. Balancing the Aligned Curriculum 15. Constructing Content Assessments 16. Constructing Format Assessments Section III. Staff Development for and Results of the Balanced Curriculum 17. Introducing the Balanced Curriculum Process in a District 18. Staff Development to Promote Curriculum Implementation 19. The Superintendent's Role - Philomena T. Pezzano 20. The Results So Far: Fifteen Years of Data From Urban, Suburban, and Rural Schools Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/05/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780761939627
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9780761939627
  • weight: 998
  • ISBN10: 0761939628

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