Curriculum Mapping Panel Discussions

New to curriculum mapping? Want to learn how others have implemented or reorganized curriculum mapping at their schools? These two sessions feature a panel of education leaders in discussion guided by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Dr. Marie Hubley Alcock. Learn from schools who are making curriculum mapping work for them. Learn the challenges they’ve experienced, how they addressed them and moved forward with solutions that worked.

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Dr. Marie Alcock and Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Part 1: Pre-Planning Your Curriculum Mapping

  • How to get staff motivated and involved in curriculum mapping

  • Determining goals for curriculum mapping initiatives

  • How to overcome challenges when starting

Part 2: Preparing and Engaging Your Faculty in Curriculum Mapping

  • How to determine what a quality curriculum map looks like

  • Helpful PD practices and grouping staff (or PLCs) for curriculum mapping

  • Planning a curriculum review process


Jennifer Mitchell
Jennifer MitchellSuperintendent, Huntingdon Area School District
Michael Broach
Michael BroachVice Principal of Academics and Student Services, Bishop Kenny High School
Lisa DiGaudio
Lisa DiGaudioDirector of Curriculum & Instruction, New Dawn Charter Schools
Daniel Gallant
Daniel GallantSupervisor of Educational Technology, Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools

Panel Moderators

Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs
Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs
Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs is the founder and president of Curriculum Designers. Dr. Jacobs provides professional services to schools, organizations, and agencies to create modern learning environments, upgrade curriculum, and support teaching strategies to meet the needs of contemporary learners for over 30 years. Her models on curriculum mapping and curriculum design have been featured in 13+ books and software solutions throughout the world.
Dr. Marie Hubley Alcock
Dr. Marie Hubley Alcock
Dr. Marie Alcock is the founder and president of Learning Systems Associates (LSA). Dr. Alcock has spent the last 25 years working in public and private education as a teacher, administrator, and public advocate. She has written 10+ books on the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment design. Her focus has been working with schools to improve student motivation, student achievement, multi-purpose mapping, instructional practices, utilization of digital tools in schools, and building summative and formative assessments.

Why Curriculum Map?

Increase in student achievement. Teachers who have a better understanding of the curriculum will be more flexible in their teaching methods. They will be able to ensure their students completely understand important concepts by structuring classes around the big picture.

Create a school’s identity or persona. Curriculum maps help to create a bridge between standards and lesson plans, by bringing new resources into the classroom. This has implications on every stakeholder within the school district community. New initiatives, such as STEM or design thinking, that districts take on can be referenced directly in the curricular units to provide evidence of the work.

Encourages collaboration. Curriculum maps encourage teachers to discuss best practices and share resources, improving the overall level of teaching across the school district. Parents benefit from structured curriculum maps in that they know the exact learning targets for their children. Students are given coherent curriculum throughout the class, with a constant flow of knowledge from term to term and year to year.

Build a common resource center. Being able to capture assessments, lesson plans, and best practices within one place can improve teachers instruction. Knowledge can be easily shared from a master teacher to a new teacher. Within a curriculum map, the outcome is a comprehensive resource pool that includes hyperlinks to resources in context.

Save money on textbooks. Schools can save money by creating their own curriculum maps rather than buying them from textbook publishers. This allows for more control over what is actually being taught at the school

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