Ensuring a Guaranteed & Viable Curriculum

with Kathy Peasley & Heather Kortlandt

Description of the Session
Curriculum is what we want students to know and be able to do and how we want them to think and behave.  In 2014 we can hardly imagine the world our children will inhabit 25 or 50 years from now but imagining that world and attempting to prepare children to live in society, independently and in a contributing manner is our charge.
Schools must hold high expectations for all students, identify essential curricular content or ascribe to state or national standards, provide teachers with curriculum guides that are sufficiently detailed, sequence the curriculum vertically, horizontally and over the school year, gauge the amount of time needed, monitor instruction and align assessments so that the teachers can make instructional decisions and monitor student learning.
In this session, elements of a guaranteed and viable 21st century curriculum will be shared as well as the implications they have for instruction and assessment.
This session will:
  • Provide a definition of a guaranteed and viable curriculum
  • Provide criteria to evaluate the quality of curriculum
  • Provide links and resources to state and national sites that illuminate issues related to the Common Core
  • Provide the participant with the means to understand the difference between pressure and support in an educational policy environment and some tools available to create change using both.
Specific Outcomes for the Session
Participants will:
  • Understand the elements that comprise a curriculum
  • Know what constitutes a guaranteed and viable curriculum
  • Explore/Identify the implications instruction and assessment that flow from a curriculum that emphasizes 21st Century Skills
  • Be able to apply standards for evaluating curriculum
Key Topics
  • Guaranteed & Viable Curriculum
  • Curriculum Implementation
  • Standards for Curriculum
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Defining College and Career Ready