Curriculum & Instruction Webinars

It’s time to start thinking about curriculum mapping for the next school year. Join us in this series of webinars, where Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs & Dr. Marie Alcock will help you unpack standards, craft learning targets that engage students, and personalize your curriculum and instruction for the upcoming school year.

Watch these webinars on-demand below!

Dr. Marie Alcock and Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs

As we start planning for a new school year, how might we think differently about what students need? Will “learning loss” drive us to place our students on the same old treadmill, adjusted for their starting points and speeds? Or can we be more deliberate in planning a streamlined curriculum and hybrid lesson planning, that encourages students to dive deep into the things that are most important? What do we cut? Keep? Create? Join us in these three webinars that dive into these topics.

Whether you’re part of a seasoned curriculum team, a team with limited experience, or even a district superintendent, this webinar series is for you.

This series of webinar workshops will highlight:

  • Moving forward in curriculum. What to cut, keep, or create

  • How to unpack standards and personalize learning targets

  • How to design lesson plans to engage your students

About 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.

About Marie 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.

Session #1 – Moving forward with curriculum. What to cut, keep, or create.

Learn how to make decisions about curriculum in the post-pandemic era. Determine what to cut, keep, or create. Understand learning loss and learning gains

Session #2 – How to Unpack Standards and Personalize Learning Targets

Learn how to craft learning targets that engage students. Understand how to align, unpack, and layout standards.

Session #3 – How to Design Virtual and In-person Instructional Plans that Engage Your Students

Learn how to design lessons for virtual and on-site learning. Understand how to group learners and curate engaging activities. Support students with different kinds of instructional plans.

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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