High Ability: ELA Curriculum Units

Plant the Seeds of SUCCESS with the IDOE K-12 ELA Units

Bring About New Student Growth this Spring!

Since 2007, Indiana Code has required Indiana school corporations to identify and serve students with high ability in the general intellectual and specific academic domains, K-12. To help better support students and staff, Indiana Department of Education funded a high ability language arts curriculum project wherein IDOE contracted with Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska to lead Indiana teachers in writing Indiana ELA Curriculum units.


Using the National Association for Gifted Students’ Standards for Curriculum and Assessment, a team of teachers worked under Dr. VanTassel-Baska to develop language arts curriculum unit for each grade level, K-10, that emphasizes both the Common Core Standards and 21st Century Skills. By so doing, the project is designed to address all aspects of state requirements, differentiation issues for the gifted, and future needs of students in preparing for the world of the professions.


Session Goals:


  • Develop an understanding of the elements needed in high ability curriculum, including a comprehensive view of effective models to develop critical and creative thinking
  • Gain a more holistic view of the common curriculum unit facets, unveiling the cohesive vertical articulation inherent across grade levels

Planting the Seeds of Success

PRESENTED BY: Cindy Schuler, IDOE High Ability and Advanced Placement Coordinator


*This workshop is FREE! Please register so that we realize capacity in advance. Thanks!

*Participants should bring a laptop to access online resources.

*To register, go to: WCIESC.k12.in.us

Friday, March 8th, 9-11am

1 North Calbert Way

Greencastle, IN

West Central Indiana Service Center

If you have questions, please contact WCIESC Executive Director: Richard "Rusty" King

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