Aligning and Balancing the Standards-Based Curriculum

ISBN-10: 0761939636

ISBN-13: 9780761939634

Edition: 2004

Authors: David A. Squires

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What the experts say about how the Balanced Curriculum process can tip the scales in favor of your students! "The work that Dr. Squires has done in moving the curriculum development process onto the Web has removed some of the tedium involved in crafting curriculum, making it user friendly and open to the kinds of ongoing changes that make the promise of continual renewal of curriculum a reality." From the Foreword by Fenwick W. English --R. Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "A coherent approach to curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the age of standards-driven education. It will be an excellent contribution." --H. Lynn Erickson Author, Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction "Im happy with the Balanced Curriculum process, my Board is happy, and my students are benefiting by it." --Philomena T. Pezzano, District Superintendent Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey Public Schools "The book builds a bridge of confidence that will convince readers of both the ideas and of their own ability to succeed." --David W. Champagne, Professor Emeritus University of Pittsburgh "A wonderful and thorough explanation of the Balanced Curriculum." --Michelle Barnea, Educational Consultant Milburn, New Jersey Aligning and Balancing the Standards-Based Curriculum highlights the research, theory, method, practice, and implementation guidelines from a successful 15-year track record of schools already using the BalancedCurriculum.com Web site and its curriculum balancing process. Benefit from the invaluable insights, experience, and expertise of author David A. Squires, as he outlines curriculum innovations that include: Web-based solutions to simplify curriculum development and writing Professional development opportunities designed to achieve school and districtwide consensus on curriculum development Practical methods for ensuring that the curriculum is consistently reviewed, evaluated, enhanced, aligned, and rebalanced Full of field-tested practices, clear-sighted diagrams, sample lessons, assessments, and case studies, this comprehensive handbook shows how schools and districts all across the nation can use the Balanced Curriculum process to put their schools on the track to success.
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List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 9/22/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

David A. Squires is currently an associate professor working with doctoral students in the Educational Leadership Program at Southern Connecticut State University, specializing in curriculum, school reform, and organizational development. Previous positions include with the Comer School Development Program at Yale University; as a central office administrator for over a decade in Red Bank, New Jersey, where student achievement improved from below to above grade level; as a research specialist at Research for Better Schools in Philadelphia; as a graduate research assistant in the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his doctorate in curriculum and super�vision with minors in language arts education and administration; and as a high school English teacher in suburban Pittsburgh and inner-city Cleveland. He heads a con�sulting firm, ABC Education Consultants, LLC, that assists school districtsnbsp;in writing and implementing the Balanced Curriculum.

Foreword
Preface
About the Author
About the Balanced Curriculum Web Site
Introduction
Curriculum Tools and Concepts: Textbooks, Standards, Alignment, and Standardized Testing
Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Standards
Textbooks: What the Research Says
Understanding and Using National, State, and Local Frameworks and Standards
The Importance of Aligning Curriculum
The Conundrum of Standardized Testing
The Design of the Balanced Curriculum
Curriculum Structure and Criteria for a Useful and Useable Curriculum
The Balanced Curriculum Process
Setting Up the Curriculum Writing Process
Defining the Components of a Good Program
Reviewing Standards, Sequencing Courses, Describing Units, and Delineating Unit Timelines
Other Standards for Alignment and Balance
Generating and Validating Significant Tasks
Aligning the Balanced Curriculum With Standards and Assessments
Balancing the Aligned Curriculum
Constructing Content Assessments
Constructing Format Assessments
Staff Development for and Results of the Balanced Curriculum
Introducing the Balanced Curriculum Process in a District
Staff Development to Promote Curriculum Implementation
The Superintendent's Role
The Results So Far: Fifteen Years of Data From Urban, Suburban, and Rural Schools
Bibliography
Index
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