Curriculum Design: Are We Creating a Draft or a Masterpiece?

Steven WeberBlog, Lead Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Effective curriculum design teams don’t view their work as a masterpiece but as a draft. Having a draft allows room for reflection, feedback, and modifications to improve the curriculum. Curriculum design teams are often torn between creating a draft document or a masterpiece.  Teacher leaders are typically perfectionists, and they strive to create a masterpiece before sharing the curriculum … Read More

Learnability: Consumption, Creation, and Contribution

Steven WeberBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Learnability may be at the top of the list of skills high school graduates need. Consider what every student should know and be able to do when developing curriculum and standards. Be careful not to just cover the unit plan or standards without considering the student evidence that demonstrates learning. It is important that students are provided opportunities to … Read More

Episode #205: Jay McTighe

Dana GoodierOut of the Trenches Podcast

Jay McTighe is a veteran education and accomplished author, having co-written 18 books, including the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design® series with Grant Wiggins. His books have been translated into fourteen languages. Jay has also written more than 50 book chapters, articles and blogs, and been published in leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD), Edutopia and Education Week. Jay … Read More

Episode 43: Poking the Bear with Katelyn Giordano

Darrin PeppardLeaning Into Leadership

Some people avoid difficult conversations. Katelyn Giordano meets them head on. Her new book, written in collaboration with Dr. Dave Schmittou, provides perspectives and strategies to jump into the tough topics. Katelyn discusses the book, working with Dave, curriculum leadership, and focusing on skills in our classrooms. That, plus your #PepTalk and more on this week’s show.   MORE EPISODES