Presentation on theme: "Here Today SHEILA BYRD-CARMICHAEL Project Coordinator and Lead Writer, Grades 9-12 Education policy consultant and former high school English teacher Member."— Presentation transcript:
1 The Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project Lynne Munson, President and Executive Director
2 Here TodaySHEILA BYRD-CARMICHAEL Project Coordinator and Lead Writer, Grades 9-12Education policy consultant and former high school English teacherMember of the English language arts feedback group for the Common Core State StandardsLed the American Diploma Project for Achieve
3 Here Today LORRAINE GRIFFITH Lead Writer, Grades K-3 A teacher for 22 years. Currently teaches 5th grade at West Buncombe Elementary School in Asheville, NCCo-author of eleven books on how to teach readingCommon Core board member
4 What is Common Core?Common Core is a non-profit organization working to keep the full range of liberal arts and sciences in our public schools.Common Core was founded in 2007.Despite the coincidence of name, Common Core is not the same as the “Common Core” State Standards (CCSS).Imitation highest form of flattery! Colleagues with whom we meet and consult regularly
5 Who We Are We have a dedicated board of education leaders: BARBARA BYRD-BENNETT, Chief Academic and Accountability Officer, Detroit Public SchoolsTONI CORTESE, Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of TeachersPASCAL FORGIONE, Executive Director of the Center on K-12 Assessment and Performance Management at ETS. Former Superintendent, Austin Independent School Dist.JOY HAKIM, Author, A History of the US and The Story of Science
6 Who We AreWe promote programs, policies, and initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels that provide students with challenging, rigorous core content.Most recently, we’ve created content-rich curriculum maps in English Language Arts that align with the CCSS.
7 How Did We Come to Create the Maps? We conducted research finding that each of the nations that consistently outranks the United States on the PISA exam provides their students with a comprehensive, content-rich education in the liberal arts and sciences.
8 From Why We’re BehindThe following events are all connected to the Crimean War:The Russian czar claims patronage over the Orthodox Christians in the Turkish Empire.Great Britain institutes military censorship.The Grand Alliance is formed at the Vienna Congress.In Turkey, a discussion starts about the choice between reform in the Western sense and a return to Islamic rule.Russia defeats the Turkish fleet in the Black Sea.Sebastopol captured by Great Britain and France after a siege.Czar Alexander II succeeds his father, Nicholas I, and accepts Napoleon III’s peace proposal.Place these events in the correct chronological order, from earlier to later.-High school exit examThe NetherlandsMention EL article in their folders
9 The Common Core State Standards CC provided input as standards were under development and embarked on the maps when we realized the standards would need to be supplemented with guidance regarding content.The Common Core State Standards“[W]hile the Standards make reference to some particular forms of content, including mythology, foundational U.S. documents, and Shakespeare they do not—indeed, cannot—enumerate all or even most of the content that students should learn. The Standards must therefore be complemented by a well-developed, content-rich curriculum consistent with the expectations laid out in this document.”- CCSS Preface
10 A Content-Rich Curriculum According to cognitive scientist Dan Willingham at the University of Virginia’s Department of Psychology, students read better if they know something about the subject they are reading about†:“Remarkably, if you take kids who score poorly on a reading test and ask them to read on a topic they know something about (baseball, say, or dinosaurs) all of a sudden their comprehension is terrific—better than kids who score well on reading tests but who don’t know a lot about baseball or dinosaurs.”†Willingham, Dan. (2009). “Reading is not a skill—and why this a problem for the draft national standards.” Retrieved from The Answer Sheet at
11 The CCSS and ContentThe CCSS provides detailed guidelines about the skills students should master and even the type of content students should master, and about levels of rigor.But what it does not provide—because it was beyond the mission of the project—is guidance about how to pair the skills in the standards with content that will actually make it possible for students to reach the reading, writing, and other goals in the standards.
12 Toward a Content-Rich Curriculum Common Core’s maps pair the standards with content knowledge of a diverse array of events, people, places, and ideas.Numerous sources: High quality state standards, including Massachusetts and California. International Baccalaureate for high school, Core Knowledge program for K-8, among numerous other sources. Main source of wisdom that guided the project was the experience and wisdom of our teachers.
13 The Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts … Are brand new—not old material that has been realigned or adjusted to match the CCSSStarted with the standards and exemplar texts and shaped maps around those guidepostsWere developed as the standards were being written. Common Core worked in close consultation with the National Governors Association and the authors of the standards.The Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts …
14 The Maps … Break down each year into 78, six-week thematic units. Are flexible and adaptable, yet they address every standard in the CCSS.Were written by teachers for teachers through a deeply collaborative process.Don’t tell teachers how to teach.Are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Are available free of charge.The Maps …
15 The maps were reviewed by members of the American Federation of Teachers—the same teachers who reviewed the CCSSNational Alliance of Black School EducatorsMilken Educator award winnersMirroring the CCSS review process, the maps were available for public comment in 2010Numerous individual expertsWho Reviewed the Maps?Carol Jago. Reviewers listed on maps website.
16 Who Reviewed the Maps? Expert advisors include: DAVID P. DRISCOLL, former Massachusetts Commissioner of Education and President of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Current Chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) that oversees the NAEPRUSS WHITEHURST, Director of the Brown Center of Education Policy at the Brookings Institution and former Director of the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of EducationANTONIA CORTESE, Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of Teachers
17 How have the maps been received? “Overwhelming”Since their release on August 19, 2010, the maps have been viewed nearly 1.5 million times, with over 303,500 sessions (a session is a series of clicks by an individual visitor)Snapshot: On February 22nd, the maps had 13,028 page views. Averaging well over 1000 page views each hour of a normal business dayCommon Core has had PD requests from Coal Township, PA to Cheyenne, WY, Bronx, NY to here!
18 Feedback Has Been Overwhelmingly Positive “I applaud the scope of this curriculum and the high goals expected for all students.”— high school English teacher“I am very impressed. I love how simple the display is – let alone the level of support for teachers. If this is one of the benefits of adopting the CCSS I think our teachers and students are in for a pleasant surprise that will improve education in the US.”— elementary school reading specialist“This work has the potential to transform the role of curriculum and professional development staff in districts across the country.”— assistant principal
19 “Clearly an unbelievable amount of work went into these units “Clearly an unbelievable amount of work went into these units. I am impressed by the clarity, the focus, the correlation to the new standards, the variety of activities suggested to teachers, and the integration of all major language arts strands: reading, writing, speaking, listening, language, etc.”— middle school teacher“Thank you for making these maps available. They are extremely helpful for getting a more solid vision of the Common Core State Standards.”— elementary school reading specialist“I’ve been an educator for 28 years, and these maps are the best I’ve seen.”— curriculum director
20 Reaction to the MapsThe Arizona State Board of Education and the Utah State Office of Education plan to pilot the maps in classrooms across their statesThe North Carolina and Ohio departments of education are using the maps to help develop the state’s model curriculumThe Arkansas and Florida departments of education distributed the maps statewideWyoming’s largest school district is already using the maps to redevelop their curriculaState and regional chapters of NCTE distributed the Maps to all ELA teachers in Los Angeles and New Jersey
21 We are working with districts nationwide, including: Grafton, WisconsinHinkley, IllinoisAsbury Park, New JerseyModesto, CaliforniaLaramie, Wyoming Shamokin, PennsylvaniaHoward County, MarylandAlhambra, ArizonaMadison, IllinoisNorth Adams, Massachusetts
22 What’s Next?Common Core will release the 2011 edition of the maps very soon.The 2011 edition incorporating feedback ranging from:“Where’s Beowulf?” to “Why isn’t there more focus on contemporary literature?”Making the writing and grammar progressions more pronouncedExtending the pacing guide for the teaching of reading through 2nd gradeGuidance on differentiated instruction
23 What’s Next? And enhancing the site to allow … Viewers to rate the mapsTeachers to submit lesson plansViewers to submit and read commentsJossey-Bass™ is rushing out a print version of the maps. They will be printed in three volumes and offered at a very affordable price starting this summer.Webinar on the maps presented by WestEd later this month
24 For more information, contact Lynne Munson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 The Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project Sheila Byrd-Carmichael, Project Coordinator
27 The Units Each unit is comprised of the same elements. Some variations: e.g., “Making Interdisciplinary Connections” K – 5.
28 An overview is a brief description of the unit An overview is a brief description of the unit. It explains the theme of the unit and provides a summary of what students will learn.
29 The essential questions highlight the usefulness, the relevance, and the greater benefit of a course or unit. They are often the “so what?” questions about material covered.We have tried to keep them discipline-specific:-- How are fictionalized characters and real people changed through conflict?-- How does poetry reveal what we might not otherwise recognize?
30 The focus standards are taken directly from the CCSS and have been identified as especially important for the unit. Each grade includes a standards checklist that illustrates which standards are addressed in which units..Focus standards were selected in an iterative process:-- clustering standards that worked well together-- choosing texts that worked well to teach the standards-- seeking balance between info and literary
31 The suggested works are substantial lists of suggested literary and informational texts. They draw heavily from the “exemplar texts” listed in the CCSS.Note the term exemplar “author”Address “lexile” issue; mention appendix B rationale and new project
32 Finding Suggested Texts Online Resources:Poetry FoundationProject GutenbergBartlebyRead Books OnlineUVA Library And More…-- Note that we will provide a list of open source sites
33 The art, music and media section lists works of visual art, music, film and other media that reflect the theme of the unit and that a teacher can use to extend students’ knowledge in these areas.-- Works of art chose for their quality, not JUST b/c they are illustrative of content in the units-- Note unusual ones: BMW shorts, Ken Burns’ “Brooklyn Bridge” film, stories of returning soldiers from Iraq.-- Incomplete…being revised
34 Sample activities and assessments have been written for each unit, with specific standards and often with specific texts in mind. Each activity addresses at least one CCSS standard. These activities are suggestions for teachers. They do not represent a prescribed sequence.-- Emphasize that these are not sequential.-- We have provided standards checklists; teachers should monitor choices they make to ensure coverage-- Mention sample lessons: use of objectives and DIFFERENTIATION
35 Reading foundations are included in our Kindergarten and first grade maps. They include a pacing guide of instructional goals for the teaching of the CCSS reading foundations. We plan to extend the pacing guides to grades two and three.-- This is the work of reading instruction-- Kids come at all levels-- All kids must proceed through all steps…they may do so at different paces-- Importance of a diagnostic assessment
36 The additional resources section includes links to lesson plans, other student activities and sources for more information about topics covered in the unit..
37 Digital Resources Scattered throughout activities Google.docs Edmodo JingKidspirationSkypeWordleAnd many more-- Maximizing “21st century learning” without it eclipsing content-- These are merely tools
38 The terminology section cites concepts and terms that are critical to the unit.
39 The sample lesson plans are supplementary documents that outline a single lesson or a sequence of lessons for using one or more suggested unit texts to meet focus standards.Lesson ITopic: Historical Background to the Constitutional ConventionObjectives:Revisit the Declaration of Independence.Recall the emergence of the Articles of Confederation.Explore the criticism of the Articles of Confederation.Lesson IITopic: The Constitutional ConventionIdentify the principal founding fathers, who were the architects of the ConstitutionExplore (select concepts from) James Madison’s essay “Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787.” (RI.1, RI.3, RI.6)-- Reiterate inclusion of OBJECTIVES and DIFFERENTIATION
40 Making interdisciplinary connections is included only in our maps for the elementary grades. Here we broadly list the content areas the unit covers and then suggest opportunities for making interdisciplinary connections between the ELA content in the unit to other subjects including science, history, civics, geography and the arts.
41 Revisions Checked balance of informational & literary text Added glossaryAdded suggestions for differentiationEnsured language consistent with CCSSe.g., categories for writing assignmentsChecked writing progression“foundations” > “senior project”Checked grammar progressionEnd with Gerstner quotation about turning Amex around…
42 The Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project Lorraine Griffith, Lead Writer for Grades K-3