Here are some key points to go over with your team to ensure you get the most value out of Chalk Curriculum and the maps you create are beneficial to your school or district.
Establish who your Chalk Champions will be for your school. This is typically your main point of contact with Chalk, someone who is leading the project within the school. If your institution has more than one school, it's best to ensure that you have a Chalk Champion in every building. This will help lead groups, guide any questions, and speed up any troubleshooting or answer any questions that you might run into in the future.
What is your overall goal? Why did your team invest in Chalk Curriculum? What is the overarching objective that your school or district will be aligning to this year?
- Centralize curriculum content in one place for accreditation compliance.
- Understand competencies and learning targets usage throughout the school district.
- Ensure equity across the district by standardizing content for core subjects.
Establish the Success Criteria for the initial implementation. What are the criteria that your school or district is going to measure success based on? How do you know you've met your identified goal? Best practices suggest setting realistic success criteria that can be transparently communicated to all stakeholders.
Here are some examples of success criteria:
- be able to easily add standards and eligible content where applicable to all their lesson plans.
- be able to incorporate instructional resources into their lessons with the aim of being able to reuse and build upon this content for next year.
- be able to collaborate on creating instructional resources with the goal of being able to share content to reduce time spent planning.
Instructional Coaches will..
- be able to draw meaning from the curriculum structure and provide guidance on how it supports classroom best practices
- have the resources and skills necessary to support teachers in being able to realize the above success criteria.
- have the resources and skills necessary to help teachers and instructional coaches in being able to accomplish the above success criteria.
- be able to provide helpful guidance and feedback to teachers in a time efficient manner.
There are a number of Chalk and other resources available to better prepare you for the curriculum mapping process.
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