Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment – Envisioning


Element: 21st Century Skills/Deeper Learning

Description: Curriculum, instruction, and assessment are based on clear expectations that all students will leave the education system well staged for college acceptance or for alternative paths to workplace readiness. These expectations mandate solid grounding in standards-based content, but also intentionally integrate elements of deeper learning, such as critical thinking, creativity and innovation, and self-direction; as well as providing opportunities for authentic learning in the context of today’s digital society.

Possible Next Step: 21st Century skills/ deeper learning outcomes are explicitly referenced and defined in the district's vision of the college and career ready student. Guidance documents and templates for curricula based on these standards are developed.

Element: Personalized Learning

Description: Educators leverage technology and diverse learning resources to personalize the learning experience for each student. Personalization involves tailoring content, pacing, and feedback to the needs of each student and empowering students to regulate and take ownership of some aspects of their learning.

Possible Next Step: A common vision for personalized learning is written and communicated, and includes rich scenarios of practice in multiple grade levels and content areas.

Element: Collaborative, Relevant, and Applied Learning

Description: In digital learning environments, students do work similar to that of professionals in the larger society. They collaborate with educators, fellow students, and others outside of the school environment on projects that often (1) involve the creation of knowledge products, (2) foster deep learning, and (3) have value beyond the classroom walls.

Possible Next Step: The concept of student work as collaborative and authentic is noted as central to the district’s vision. District leaders gather examples of teaching and learning, meeting these criteria through research and piloting. A framework for collaborative, relevant and applied learning is created and communicated to all stakeholders.

Element: Leveraging Technology

Description: Educators in digital learning environments integrate learning-enabling technology seamlessly into the teaching and learning process. These educators have the skills to adopt multiple, highly effective learning technologies and adapt to diverse, evolving learning structures to assure that the use of technology adds value to the learning process.

Possible Next Step: District leaders and key stakeholders establish a common vision for building and sustaining a digital learning environment that clearly defines the role technology plays in supporting these new learning environments.

Element:Assessment—Analytics Inform Instruction

Description: The district and its schools use technology as a vehicle for diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment. The school system has mechanisms (i.e., processes and digital environments) for using data to improve, enrich, and guide the learning process. Educators actively use data to guide choices related to curriculum, content, and instructional strategies.

Possible Next Step: District leaders have identified the type of assessments that will be required to track progress over time, but have yet to establish a common vision around specific indicators, metrics, or instruments.