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Using Power Standards to Build an Aligned Curriculum

Using Power Standards to Build an Aligned Curriculum
A Process Manual

© 2011 | 216 pages | Corwin

"This is the first book that I have encountered, in all my years of leading districts through curriculum alignment, that makes the process manageable and doable."
—Jody L. Ware, Superintendent
Mundelein Consolidated High School, IL

"This book will allow schools and districts to effectively align standards, curriculum, and assessments to establish continuity between departments and across grade levels."
—Sharon Madsen Redfern, Principal
Highland Park Elementary School. Lewistown, MT

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Align your curriculum for success with Power Standards

Schools continually face the challenge of developing a useful, aligned curriculum that can effectively support student achievement and assessment. This book gives administrators and teachers the tools to make it happen. Award-winning educator Joe Crawford describes how to build the aligned curriculum that is so crucial to student success. The key is identifying Power Standards—the most critical skills that all learners must have. These skills are then taught in a logical sequence of instruction throughout the year. Key benefits of this process include:

  • A standards-based curriculum developed by teachers and leaders
  • Consistent objectives throughout the school
  • A common assessment system for measuring student success
  • A one-page curriculum outline that eases communication with all stakeholders

This manual is loaded with examples, practical advice, and checklists. Readers also have access to a corresponding Web-based software package that facilitates the process electronically and stores the curriculum plan on the Internet. Lead your school to excellence with Power Standards!

Foreword by Dr. Jody L. Ware
About the Author
Software Availabiilty
1. Process Overview and Curriculum Issues
Chapter Expectations  
Process Overview  
What About National Standards?  
Survey of Current Environment  
What Are Power Standards?  
Process Summary  
Process Checklist  
2. Designing the Work Process
Chapter Expectations  
Who Will Do the Work, and What Will They Do?  
Goals, Roles, and Responsibilities  
Process Summary  
Process Checklist  
3. Developing and Deploying the Power Standards
Chapter Expectations  
Getting Started  
Developing Power Standards  
Deploying the Power Standards  
Publishing the Power Standards  
Final Publication and Use of Power Standards  
Gathering Feedback  
Final Publication and Use of Power Standards  
Process Summary  
Process Checklist  
4. The Next Step: Quarterly Instructional Objectives
Chapter Expectations  
The Change Process Continues  
Publishing and Communication Issues  
Board of Education Action  
The Group to Do the Work  
What Are Quarterly Instructional Objectives?  
A Curriculum System  
Developing the Quarterly Instructional Objectives  
Samples and Numbering the Quarterly Instructional Objectives  
Realities of the Quarterly instructional Objectives  
Publishing and Reviewing the Quarterly Instructional Objectives  
Process Summary  
Process Checklist  
5. Planning for Common, Aligned Assessments
Chapter Expectations  
What Are Common, Aligned Assessments?  
Why Use Common Assessments?  
Stepping Out of the Box  
Predesign Issues  
Considering Assessment Options  
Doing the Work  
A Sample of Doing the Work  
Further Applications of the Work  
Publication and Storage Issues  
Scoring and Using the Data  
Final Thoughts and Use in Response to Intervention  
Process Summary  
Process Checklist  
6. Special Concerns and Issues
Chapter Expectations  
Common Curriculum and Formative Assessment Practices  
Legal Mandates  
Instructional Strategies and Methods  
How Do We Begin?  
Process Summary  
Process Checklist  
7. Troubleshooting and Follow Through
Chapter Expectations  
Ready, Set, Go! The Feedback Loop  
Critical Questions  
Dealing With the Feedback  
Keeping the Project Alive  
Final Thoughts and Advice  
Process Summary  
Process Checklist  
Resource A: Standards-Based Curriculum Guide Models and Related Documents
Resource B: Sample Power Standards and Quarterly Instructional Objectives
Resource C: Suggested Forms for Developing Power Standards, Instructional Objectives, and Feedback
Resource D: Recommended Agency References
Resource E: Sample Results
References and Suggested Readings

"This book will help others create curriculum that will cause lasting change."

Elizabeth Lolli, Superintendent
Monroe Local Schools, OH

"In all of my years leading districts through the curriculum alignment process, this is the first book that I have encountered that makes the process manageable and doable."

Jody L. Ware, Superintendent
Mundelein Consolidated High School, IL

"The author has written a clear, step by step handbook on how to select and organize essential curriculum topics. This book is a worthy contribution to the literature on creating coherent curriculum."

Mike Schmoker, Consultant and Author
Results and Results Now, Tempe, AZ

"The strategies the author uses in developing and implementing power standards across a district are effective, practical and meaningful. Teachers involved become advocates of true alignment and meaningful assessment: systemically impacting learning. This process reaches all the way to the student desk, where the real learning takes place."

John Antonetti, Senior Consultant
Colleagues On Call, Little Rock, AR

"Joe Crawford is a veteran leader with a track record committed to excellence and equity. These strategies have been applied in some of the most challenging schools in the nation and these practical ideas can be used by teachers and administrators at every level."

Douglas B. Reeves, Author
Assessing Educational Leaders, 2e
Key features
The book discusses the issues presented in the local publication, dissemination, and follow through on the curriculum documents and common assessments developed as a result of this book, offering advice and even specific forms to help the reader plan for and avoid many problems inherent in the reform process.

Based on the author's many years of using this process, road blocks, issues, and problems are discussed in the book and helpful hints and ideas for best solving the issues are presented. Additionally, the author's experiences in Total Quality Management are used to build the continuous improvement process into the entire system, along with the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle to ensure the work is sustained and constantly improved. This book is intended to help local educators create the guaranteed, viable curriculum so important to improving student performance.

Software available with this book offers real-time data to classroom teachers not only of which students passed and failed the formative assessments and which items were right and wrong, but the software also lists all students who demonstrated mastery of each Instructional Objective and which students did not demonstrate mastery. This is invaluable information in a standards-based curriculum with a re-teaching loop. The software also offers electronic curriculum mapping abilities and the ability to create and score surveys and retired national assessments as well as the storing of all district assessment data.

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ISBN: 9781412991162