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Effective Curriculum Practices

This module addresses the identification of standards and alignment of prioritized skills in developing a cohesive curriculum for 21st century students.

This module aligns with:

  • Ohio's Leadership Development Framework, Area 3: Instruction and the Learning Process
  • Ohio Improvement Process: Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3

Receiving Credit for this Module

The Ohio Leadership Advisory Council offers educators credit and contact hours for OLAC work. Teachers, principals, and superintendents who are working toward license renewal can receive university credit for completing OLAC modules from a number of Ohio universities. Pre-approval is required. For estimated contact hours for credit or to learn more about receiving credit for OLAC work, visit the Credit Corner.

Video Transcript

Connie Kamm, The Leadership and Learning Center

Hello, I'm Connie Kamm and I've had the privilege of working with the Buckeye Area Superintendents Association on the production of these outstanding modules. All the modules in this series are anchored on the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council's Leadership Development Framework.

A primary emphasis in this comprehensive framework is the implementation of a standards aligned district wide curriculum that supports high quality instruction and deep student learning. This module focuses on effective curriculum practices and will address the core question of curriculum design; what skills and concepts do these need to master.

This question is related to instruction and assessment represented by two other core questions. How should the curriculum, essential concept and skills, be taught? And how do educators know if students have mastered the skills and concepts?

A rigorous, clearly articulated curriculum provides a foundation that guides educators in the development and implementation of effective instructional strategies and targeted well-written assessments.

Additionally this module will highlight the following five topics:

The first is the goal of insuring the district curriculum and instructional program are designed to provide full access to challenging content that is aligned with rigorous standards for each student and all student groups.

The second topic is a selection of priority standards and the determination of big ideas and essential questions as a foundation for the development of clearly focused curriculum.

Third, the development of a vertically and horizontally developed curriculum that is implemented in every school in the district.

Fourth, the need for the inclusion of 21st century skills within the curriculum.

And finally, the invaluable process of curriculum mapping.

I hope that the practical suggestions provided in this module prove useful to guiding your curriculum practices. Thank you for listening.

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