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An Educational Leader's Guide to Curriculum Mapping

An Educational Leader's Guide to Curriculum Mapping
Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Cultures

Foreword by Heidi Hayes Jacobs

September 2010 | 200 pages | Corwin
Curriculum mapping initiatives are started with the essential goal of improving student achievement, yet the mapping process can be challenging to navigate or lead. While the main work of curriculum mapping is conducted by classroom teachers, administrators must be actively involved, and they must also take into account the demands curriculum mapping places on teachers.

This book provides administrators with the foundational understandings and specific guidance and strategies to effectively support a curriculum mapping initiative in their schools and districts. The authors discuss administrative leadership for curriculum mapping, including the roles and responsibilities of various administrative positions, such as the superintendent, headteacher, and curriculum director, and provide protocols and procedures for writing administrative maps.

A Leader's Guide to Curriculum Mapping offers concrete information and suggestions for moving a curriculum mapping initiative forward in a positive manner and ultimately ensuring that curriculum mapping is not only sustained, but is embedded in the cultural consciousness and becomes the natural way of conducting professional curriculum work throughout a learning organization. The book:

- Includes brief but necessary coverage of theory and foundational concept

- Focuses on administrative leadership with curriculum design in mind and administrative support for systemic change

- Provides administrators with guidance, protocols, and step-by-step directions for the stages of a curriculum mapping initiative

- Offers practical applications, realistic expectations, and real-life examples

- Addresses significant concerns such as time and resources necessary for sustainability.

List of Figures
Foreword by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
About the Authors
1. What Shifts in Thinking Are Imperative for Collaborative Curriculum Mapping?
Collaborative Curriculum Design


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2. What Are Critical Considerations for Curriculum Mapping Leadership?
Defining Leadership

Administrative Leadership Considerations

Establishing Vision, Mission, and Action Plans


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3. What Should District Administrators Consider to Support Teacher Leadership?
District Administrator Positions

Districtwide Administrative Support


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4. What Should Curriculum Directors Consider to Support Teacher Leadership?
Curriculum Positions

Curriculum Considerations

Teachers as Learners


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5. What Should Principals Consider to Support Teacher Leadership?
Building Trust and Teacher Leadership

Curriculum Responsibilities

Not Just Making Maps - Using Maps


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6. What Do Professional Development Administrative Maps Look Like?
Professional Development Maps: Quality Map Writing

Professional Development Map Month Samples


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7. What Do Professional Roles Administrative Maps Look Like?
Writing Professional Roles Administrative Maps


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Appendix A: What Are Considerations for Developing Systemic Unit Names?
Appendix B: Officer Foundations of the United States Marine Corps: Leadership Traits and Leadership Principles

“A thoroughly detailed and insightful account of the leadership required for curriculum mapping success.”

Alice Learn, Assistant Superintendent
Horseheads Central School District, NY

“This book elevates the importance of the curriculum mapping process. It guides readers to think about the planning and administrative support needed for this initiative to have a lasting impact on the improvement of education in a district or school.”

Christine Christine Correa, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Shakopee Public Schools, MN

“My story begins, and still continues, with the learning that I have gleaned from reading Janet Hale’s books and the firsthand coaching I’ve received from her. She has provided me with the direction and sequential steps necessary to launch curriculum mapping successfully. I would like to see every administrator with whom I am currently working read this book. It would strengthen the initiative and make my job as their shared curriculum coordinator more effective and productive.”

Jennifer Mahan-Deitte, School Improvement Specialist
Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative, Marshall, MN

“As secondary curriculum coordinator, I wish our curriculum council and building administrators would have conducted a study on this book before starting our journey. It gives steps for successfully implementing curriculum mapping. We would have avoided gaps of knowledge, miscommunication, and loss of time. For those districts needing to reorganize their strategies, like our district, this book provides the strategies to get it right.”

Allison Brown, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator
Shawnee Public Schools, OK

"This is a practitioner's guide to developing effective leadership in all stages of the mapping process. The authentic and time-tested strategies guide your district through successful mapping implementation and ultimately to a level of genuine sustainability in the mapping process."

Bill Sheskey, Instructional Technology Specialist
Sheskey Learning Solutions

"This book could save you precious time when implementing a curriculum mapping initiative! From theoretical information to practical advice for planning and sustaining systemic change, this book provides valuable tools for supporting your curriculum mapping work. It is ideal reading for study groups and individuals who want to deepen their understanding of curriculum mapping and the many factors that influence its success."

Mary Helen Hart, Curriculum and Grants Coordinator
Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union, Richford, VT

"Hale and Dunlap help educators navigate the complex system of curriculum mapping and provide extensive advice to school and district leadership teams. For district teams dedicated to creating a culture for systemic and collaborative curriculum mapping, this book is a valuable tool to propel principals, teachers, and district administrators into becoming adventuresome curriculum designers."

Janet Yonts, District Title 1 Coordinator, The Lebanon Community School Corporation
Principal, Harney Elementary School, Lebanon, IN

"Janet Hale and Rick Dunlap lead the way in explaining to schools and districts how to sustain a curriculum mapping initiative. The pages are filled with diverse experiences and telling insights. The authentic stories, practical guidance, and systematic recommendations are invaluable to administrators and teachers leading others in the curriculum mapping process. This book brings clarity to a complex process."

Ann Flagg, Curriculum Director
Gilbert Christian Schools, AZ

"This is a tremendous handbook for those focusing on curriculum work reform in their schools or districts. Highlights include insight about the systematic nature of curriculum mapping; a framework for empowering teachers as leaders; and providing a variety of tools to guide and support school leaders as they design, apply, and modify curriculum on an ongoing basis."

Diane Scott, Director of Curriculum
Lebanon Community School Corporation, IN

"School leaders embarking on a curriculum mapping initiative should read and study this book before they move into the work. Curriculum mapping is multifaceted and systemic, thus requiring time, buy-in, collaboration, and thoughtful planning by school leaders. Hale and Dunlap guide leaders by providing sound advice, steps to follow, and anecdotes illustrating issues to be considered, offering examples for small and large districts that are beginning mapping or trying to reinvigorate or fix their current mapping efforts. I wish I had this book five years ago, as it would have saved me several headaches!"

Janet Boyle, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
Center Grove Community Schools, Greenwood, IN

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