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CURRICULUM MAPPING KNOWLEDGEBASE

The Curriculum Mapping KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting education professionals with the development and use of curriculum mapping as part of their instructional strategies. The KnowledgeBase is based on four elements derived from The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates, Tools, and Resources for Effective Professional Development authored by Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Ann Johnson, and published by ASCD.

 

Element 1: Lay the Foundation

Purpose: Applying curriculum mapping within a district or school begins with an understanding of the fundamentals. These include being knowledgeable about the basic concepts, defining a vision for the initiative, and creating a leadership structure to support it. Element 1 outlines these tasks and offers resources for the teacher to gain such an understanding.

Activity 1: Understand Curriculum Mapping Concepts

    Task 1: Review the Concepts of Curriculum Mapping
    Task 2: Understand the Rationale for Curriculum Mapping
    Task 3: Understand the Role of Technology

Activity 2: Create a Shared Vision for Curriculum Mapping

    Task 1: Define the Vision
    Task 2: Communicate the Vision to Others

Activity 3: Define the Leadership Structure to Support Mapping

    Task 1: Define Leadership Roles and Structures
    Task 2: Making Organizing Decisions

 

Element 2: Launch the Process

Purpose: Wiktionary dictionary defines launch as "to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation." Curriculum mapping is an ongoing process. The process involves creating maps that drive instruction, reviewing and improving those maps over time, and learning how to master mapping strategies. Element 2 outlines these tasks and offers resources for district and school leaders and teachers to launch curriculum mapping.

Activity 1: Using Curriculum Maps to Drive Instruction

    Task 1: Create Diary Maps
    Task 2: Develop Consensus Maps

Activity 2: Undertake a Review Process to Improve Instruction

    Task 1: Review the Maps
    Task 2: Identify the Revision Points

Activity 3: Learn How to Master Mapping Strategies

    Task 1: Align Curriculum Mapping with Instruction
    Task 2: Integrate Curriculum Mapping and Professional Learning

Element 3: Sustain and Integrate the Mapping Process

Purpose: Curriculum mapping is an ongoing process as teachers review and update the respective maps regularly. The process of updating their maps enables teachers to think about how they can improve and update their instructional approaches. The Element 3 tasks address incorporating assessment results into the mapping process.

Activity 1: Conduct Ongoing Strategic Monitoring

    Task 1: Identify Strategic Patterns to be Monitored
    Task 2: Carry Out Diagnostic Assessment of Student Work

Activity 2: Unpack Assessment Data

    Task 1: Learn How to Incorporate Assessment Results with Maps
    Task 2: Work Collaboratively to Improve Instruction

Element 4: Advanced Mapping Tasks

Purpose: Curriculum mapping is an ongoing process as teachers review and update the respective maps regularly . The process of updating their maps enables teachers to think about how they can improve and update their instructional approaches. The Element 4 tasks address applying new instructional techniques and integrating technology with curriculum.

Activity 1: Update Maps with 21st Century Techniques

Task 1: Moving Forward With Advanced Instructional Techniques
Task 2: Integrating Technology with Curriculum

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