Designing curriculum is the first step to building a learning environment for student ownership and empowerment. Quality curriculum doesn’t just communicate the “what” to teachers; it also gives direction to the “how.” Topics in the EmpowerED Curriculum™ strand support educators in creating or enhancing standards based curriculum with a focus on leveraging learning progressions to create equitable, viable, coherent curriculum.
Learner-Centered Curriculum Design
Creating an equitable, viable, and coherent curriculum takes time and requires collaboration at all levels of the system. These components are the core to successful teaming because it creates tightly focused and targeted dialogue around tangible student outcomes. Our six step curriculum model creates optimal conditions for student ownership of learning. This model is based on high, leverage vertical learning progressions that support college and career readiness. We use the principles of backward design to create a context for learning where ALL students have multiple opportunities to mastery their goals along an agreed upon progression of learning.