ERIC Number: ED434405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Curriculum Alignment: A Facilitator's Guide to "Deciding What To Teach and Test."
Steffy, Betty E.
This workbook provides school administrators a structured process to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate curriculum alignment. Based on the text "Deciding What to Teach and Test," the book outlines specific steps a facilitator can take to translate ideas into action. It is organized into a series of chapters that were written with the assumption that the work can be completed during a 3- to 4-month period. Each chapter contains a set of activities designed to build on the work accomplished in previous sessions, and the level, purpose, materials, estimated time of completion, and participants are outlined at the beginning of each activity. The first chapter focuses on understanding the concept of alignment and addresses such issues as becoming familiar with videotape, focus and connectivity, site-based decision making, and quality control. Chapter 2 presents ways to prepare for curriculum alignment by focusing on trend analysis. Topics discussed include the curriculum-development cycle, schools as sorting mechanisms, and gap analysis. The third chapter discusses the concepts of frontloading and backloading, outlining the advantages and disadvantages of these strategies. The last chapter looks at the curriculum audit and explores ways to increase understanding of the audit and its assumptions. (RJM)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Guides, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, School Activities
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360-2218 (guide only: ISBN-0-8039-6847-7, $125; also available, a kit containing Steffy guide, a textbook by Fenwick W. English, "Deciding What To Teach and Test, Millennium Edition," and video, "Developing, Aligning and Auditing Curriculum": ISBN-0-8039-6848-5, $345). Tel: 805-499-9774; Fax: 805-499-5323.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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