– Purpose of the Model Core Curriculum
– Our Timeline and Action Plan
– Expectations for aligning Model Core Curriculum
Essential Concepts or Skill Sets with our local standards
– How the Model Core is a process, not necessarily a
– Identify gaps between essential concepts and skill sets
and our local curriculum
Why is Curriculum Important?
The State of Iowa and MCREL ‘s research ranks
five school-level factors with the greatest impact
on student learning:
a guaranteed and viable curriculum
challenging goals and effective feedback
parent and community involvement
a safe and orderly environment
collegiality and professionalism
Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
Guaranteed = Essential curriculum that we decide to teach
Viable = What is realistic for the amount of time available
What if we keep things the way they are?
If students take 14 subjects over the course of students’
school experiences, they would have to master 255
standards and 3,500 benchmarks.
The hours currently available would be approximately 9,000,
but the hours needed would be 15,500. The k-12 sequence
would need to expand to k-22.
Would we want 28 year olds in our classroom?
DISTRICT’S CURRICULUM GOALS
1. Need to sort out and identify the essential
vs. the supplemental curriculum content
– Essential – Things students have to know
– Supplemental – Things students should
2. Identify that the essential content can be
taught in the time available
3. The organizing, alignment, and
sequencing of the content
What about the Model Core Curriculum?
What is it?
How does it affect us?
The Core Curriculum is…
A state-wide effort to
improve teaching and
learning to ensure that
all Iowa students
engage in a rigorous
Iowa Core Curriculum defines the
most critical learning for all students.
– Social Studies
– 21st Century Skills
What we have done so far…
Communities – Board,
SIAC, CTE, Wellness,
Schools and Support
Agencies – AEA, Talent
Search, Extension Office, All
Leadership – BLT, DLT, etc
Elements of the Core Curriculum
Content – Essential
Skills that are Rigorous
Instruction – Research
Based Strategies (QAR,
Read Aloud, PWIM, APL,
Assessment – Informal
The Core Curriculum provides…
Essential concepts and skills to make
sure students reach Iowa’s Core
Content Standards & Benchmarks.
Staff Responsibilities = PLC
• Be a life long learner
• Reflect on instructional practices
• Incorporate instructional practices that challenge students
• Use data and information to inform practice
• Communicate with parents and students
• Collaborate with colleagues
• Access and engage in professional development
Whiting CSD Timeline
ITBS and ITED
End of Course
What must we do to prepare?
• Today, we must begin the alignment process
– Assess gaps between Local Standards and
Benchmarks and the Model Core Curriculum
Essential Content and Skill Set
• “Tomorrow”, we must:
– Create uniformly formatted standards K-12 that
eliminate gaps previously identified
– Develop specific rigorous and relevant activities
and opportunities for our students
How will we do this?
• All documents found at:
– www.whitingcsd.org under “Curriculum: Iowa
Core Curriculum: Whiting Workshop”
• Align Local and State Standards by analyzing
gaps in our local standards and the Model Core
Essential Skills and Skill Set
• All documents created electronically
• Information shared throughout the community
What Can You Do?
• Essential Skills and Concepts
• Technical Assistance
• AEA Leaders
• Judy Jeffrey’s Podcast
• School Leader Updates
Career and Technical Education