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Aligning Standards and Curriculum for Classroom Success

Second Edition

Foreword by Fenwick W. English



© 2007 | 144 pages | Corwin

"The authors have designed a process that respects the teacher's professionalism and works to collaborate with stakeholders in a discussion about standards and possible educational outcomes without becoming mechanical."
-From the Foreword by Fenwick W. English

Create a standards-based instructional plan that works!

In recent years, educational reform has required standards-based instruction and high levels of accountability from schools. To cope with an overcrowded and often overwhelming curriculum, educators need a way to meet the challenge of translating standards into effective teaching and learning. Aligning Standards and Curriculum for Classroom Success provides teachers with the tools and strategies they need to plan instruction that meets state and national standards.

This updated, revised edition includes the latest research about standards and curriculum design, expanded coverage of the development of criterion standards, increased attention to assessment, and new sample instructional plans. It also features:

  • A structured dialogue process to help stakeholders reach consensus about what students should learn
  • Step-by-step directions for developing criterion standards
  • Guidelines for designing instructional plans based on standards
  • Strategies for using standards to integrate the curriculum
  • Examples of standards-based instructional plans for different content areas, courses, and grade levels
  • A framework for ensuring that teachers evaluate students consistently and with continuity throughout a school or district

Providing high-quality instruction and ensuring student achievement in a standards-driven system is a challenge for all educators. This guide offers all the tools needed to successfully align standards to lesson planning.

 
Foreword by Fenwick W. English
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Student Achievement Using a Holistic Approach to Standards
What Are Standards?  
Best Practices  
The Consensus for Standards  
Standards-Based Instructional Plan: Language Arts  
 
2. The Need for Dialogue
Communicating Consensus  
Stakeholders as Team Members  
Steps in the CAST Dialogue Process  
Standards-Based Instructional Plan: U.S. History  
 
3. The Language of Expectation
The Need for a Common Language  
Criterion Standards and Integrated Authentic Assessment  
Constructing the Verb Matrix  
Standards-Based Instructional Plan: Mathematics  
 
4. Designing and Using the Standards-Based Curriculum
Writing Criterion Standards  
Using Criterion Standards  
Standards-Based Instructional Plan: English  
 
5. Instructional Plans Based on Criterion Standards
Components of the Instructional Plans  
Standards-Based Instructional Plans  
 
6. Lesson Planning Takes Root
Integrating the Curriculum  
The Planned Course Document  
Developing the Standards-Based Instructional Plan  
Standards-Based Instructional Plan: Learning Support--Language Arts  
 
Resource A: Relevant Web Sites
 
Resource B: Verb Matrix Survey Material
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"This book is a distinct contribution to the field given today’s accountability-heavy educational environment. An understanding of how to work successfully with standards is critical to student and teacher success."

Stacey Edmonson, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Sam Houston State University

"It seems you can’t talk to any American teacher today without hearing about the pressure to raise test scores and ‘cover’ standards. Perna and Davis help schools and teachers navigate the standards movement by creating a common language and step-by-step approach that brings state standards from an abstract--and sometimes feared--document to a powerful classroom tool."

Billie Donegan, School Improvement Coach
Keystone Educational Services, Woodlan Park, CO

"The authors have designed a process that respects the teacher’s professionalism and works to collaborate with parents in a discussion about standards and possible educational outcomes without becoming mechanical."

From the Foreword by Fenwick W. English
Key features
  • Offers a structured dialogue process that enables stakeholders to come to consensus about what all students should know and be able to do

  • Provides teachers at all levels with the information and tools needed to plan lessons based on standards

  • Includes a framework for ensuring that teachers evaluate students consistently and with continuity throughout a school or district

  • Shows educators how to develop criterion standards and how to develop instructional plans based on criterion standards

  • Offers strategies for using standards to integrate the curriculum

  • Includes sample instructional plans and lesson plans that demonstrate the process

 


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Foreword by Fenwick W. English

Preface

Chapter 1


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