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Using Power Standards to Build an Aligned Curriculum

Using Power Standards to Build an Aligned Curriculum
A Process Manual

March 2011 | 216 pages | Corwin
Align your curriculum for success with Power Standards.

Schools continuously 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.

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

"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, Founder
Leadership and Learning Center

"This book will allow schools and districts to effectively align standards, curriculum, and assessments to provide continuity among departments and across grade levels."

Sharon Madsen Redfern, Principal
Highland Park Elementary School. Lewistown, MT

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