From Kristie Kauerz, Director of the National P-3 Center at the University of Washington. Please let me know if anyone would be interested in organizing a Massachusetts delegation.
Applications are now open for the October 27-30, 2014 team-based National P-3 Institute. This four-day professional education institute is focused on implementation and evaluation of comprehensive P-3 approaches and is hosted by the University of Washington, College of Education’s National P-3 Center. The event will take place in Seattle, WA.
Details may be found here:
The Institute will provide participating teams with opportunity to hear from researchers, expert-practitioners, and others about promising approaches to create greater alignment and coherence across the pre-school through 3rd grade continuum. Equally important, teams will be provided time and innovative tools to refine and strengthen their own locally-based strategic P-3 plans.
As in the past, this Institute is designed for attendance by teams of leaders who are actively working together on a geographically defined P-3 approach (district, community, or state level).
Applications are due by July 15, 2014. Details and the application form can be found here:
A critical step in improving teaching and learning in the early elementary grades is developing an effective, coherent curriculum. To support districts in aligning curriculum to the 2011 Common Core-aligned frameworks, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education worked with the Readiness Centers to develop the Curriculum Alignment and Mapping Project, a resource that includes recorded webinars and sample maps.
In addition to the webinar I mentioned last week on The Why and What of Curriculum Mapping, my colleagues and I at Cambridge Education have created three guidance tools to aid districts in planning and implementing curriculum mapping projects.
- A curriculum mapping self-assessment to help schools and districts determine their needs and monitor their progress,
- A pre-planning organizer that draws on the results of the self-assessment to guide school and district leaders in making the key curriculum mapping decisions, and
- A planning template that outlines a focused approach to planning a curriculum mapping initiative.
About 100 participants used these tools last week at a Curriculum Mapping Institute. Check them out and let me know if you have any questions.
My colleague Renee Perdue and I are leading a Curriculum Mapping Institute tomorrow (Tuesday) for the MA ESE and the Readiness Centers. See the Massachusetts Curriculum Alignment and Mapping Project for a variety of resources and sample curriculum maps, including our presentation on The Why and What of Curriculum Mapping.