“As educators… we need a shared vision of the skills and dispositions
that students will need to be successful regardless of the content.”
Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick
DescriptorCurriculum design involves weaving together the basic elements of content, skills and assessments. A curriculum incorporates standards, scope and sequence, enduring understandings, essential questions, performance assessments and recommended resources. We utilize Understanding by Design, UbD, as a curriculum framework, which includes both macro and micro level planning.
Curriculum Design – DistrictDuring macro planning, curriculum directors support educators to design the scope and sequence of the course to ensure vertical alignment of standards. In addition, connections are made to the macro level through transfer goals. These goals explicitly communicate skills and knowledge that the learners are able to demonstrate independently to bring greater coherence to the program. The macro level curriculum including transfer goals guides Stage 1 and Stage 2 of curriculum design.
Curriculum directors work with groups of educators to create Splash Screens, which contains the essentials of the curriculum, needed for educators to design learning. The Splash Screen provides content to be utilized by educators with the UbD template. Curriculum should be reviewed and revised regularly for relevance and alignment.
Stage 1: UbD Learning OutcomesIn Stage 1 of curriculum design, curriculum directors facilitate the design and prioritize the learning standards (TEKS, ELPS, CCRS, Pre-K Guidelines, Global Competencies) in order to support vertical and horizontal alignment. In addition, this stage includes transfer goals, enduring understandings and essential questions for each unit of study, noting what students will understand and continue to consider during and beyond the learning process. Along with associated content vocabulary, the acquisition of knowledge and skills are noted, with delineation between what learners will knowledge and be able to do following the unit of study.
Stage 2: UbD Assessment EvidenceIn Stage 2 of curriculum design, curriculum directors recommend performance assessments to measure learner progress towards mastery. For additional support with assessment, please review Chapter 5 on Assessment.
Curriculum Design – EducatorThe curriculum provides essential guidance for educators in designing learning experiences that are responsive to the needs of each learner. In Stage 1, educators are provided a scope and sequence that reflects the expectations for learning in Coppell ISD. In Stages 2 and 3, educators have the flexibility to design assessments and learning experiences and compact the curriculum.