ESC17 Instructional Leaders 2016
Curriculum Conversations to Drive Quality Instruction
Lens for today: impacting instruction
Goals for the Day
- Empower leaders to have curriculum-based conversations with teachers that will impact furture learning
- Develop a process for reflection based on student proof of learning
How can what we learn today be used in the future?
- Teacher reflection
- Teacher growth
- Formal/Informal observations
- Capacity building as a curriculum leader
3 Phases in the Curriculum Conversation
Phase One: Access
What do administrators need to access?
- Student Learning Objectives
- How the standard connects to the student learning objective
- When that is going to happen with the students
When/How can administrators access this information?
- Lesson Plans (digital or paper)
- Teacher's Room (posted in the room/on desk/embedded with technology)
- PLC Time
Phase Two: Student Connection Conversation
Keys to a successful conversation:
- Revolves around the student proof of learning and is evidence based
- Trains teachers to pinpoint curriculum needs (transfer, vocabulary, content)
- Trains teachers to analyze the quality of formative assessment they are giving to students (assessment type/goal/quality of feedback)
Phase Three: Investment
Develop a plan of improvement where both of you play a role!
Demonstration: 4th Grade Math
The students worked long division problems on their iPads in centers. The teacher was working with students at a different center.
4.4(F) use strategies and algorithms, including the standard algorithm, to divide up to a four‐digit dividend by a one‐digit divisor
Time Breakdown for Activity
1 minute: Analyze student work
3 minutes: Curriculum Conversation
Partner Station Activity
Partner with an administrator from your grade level (elementary, middle, or high).
You will be traveling to 5 different stations. You will start at the content area station that is closest to you.
Grab a folder from your level from the wall and sit at a table with your partner.
Partner A: Teacher
Partner B: Student
Switch roles and flip your folder. Repeat.
Before you rotate to the next content area, put your folder back on the wall.
Data- Based Decision Making
Questions to think about...
2. What teachers would impact this data the most?
3. What have you learned from today to help guide your conversations with those teachers?
4. If you need curriculum guidance, have you met with the Region 17 specialist in that content area?