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. 


NGSS Storyline Design: Expand 3-D Learning


Careers in sciences are among the fastest growing in the nation. Empower students to take ownership of learning and build science literacy while transforming the science classroom into a three-dimensional experience through the use of a phenomena driven storyline.

A storyline provides a coherent path toward building disciplinary core idea and crosscutting concepts, piece by piece, anchored in students' own questions.

Empower students to "figure out" science!​ 


Learner-Centered Mathematics


Students must be empowered to investigate concepts, wrestle with complex ideas, and make sense of math - they must explore math to learn math. TCC utilizes The Learning Cycle, a practical framework to expand inquiry based mathematics instruction for student empowerment. The Learning Cycle Framework has inspired mathematics teachers across the country to design inquiry based cycles in an effort to empower mathematicians who problem-solve, persevere and explore math to make sense of it!

EmpowerED Mathematicians:

  • Develop the belief that they have the ability to learn math

  • Expect that mistakes are a part of learning 

  • Monitor their learning 

  • See mathematics as a subject to EXPLORE


Learner-Centered Literacy


Designing instruction to meet the diverse needs of all students is essential so students know exactly what it will take to achieve their litearcy goals and advance their learning.


In a balanced approach to literacy instruction, teachers integrate instruction with authentic reading and writing experiences so that students learn how to use literacy strategies and skills and have opportunities to apply what they are learning. 


Disciplinary literacy teaches students to move beyond the use of general reading strategies toward the use of specialized reading practices for making sense of the unique texts found within each discipline. Each discipline represents knowledge and the ways of producing and communicating that knowledge differently, resulting in a different approach to reading.

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