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Colorado's District Sample Curriculum Project - Introduction

Teacher-created curriculum samples


NEW Additional Sample Curriculum Units Available Now

Colorado Academic Standards Content Areas

  • Social Studies
    • 1 high school unit
  • Integrated
    • 1 kindergarten (Mathematics and Visual Art) integrated unit
    • 1 second grade (Music and Reading, Writing, and Communicating) integrated unit
    • 1 fifth grade (Dance, Physical Education, and Science) integrated unit

Project Summary

Beginning in 2012, the Standards and Instructional support team has been working with educators across the state of Colorado to build curriculum support resources for the successful implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards. To date, 121 school districts have participated in the authoring and/or refining of the processes and products of the Colorado District Sample Curriculum Project.

The Project, whose origins and goals are firmly grounded in standards-support requests from Colorado educators, has three main phases:

Phase I – Curriculum Overview Samples (Fall 2012) Colorado educators worked with fellow educators and the Standards and Instructional Support team in grade level and content area teams to engage in the process of translating Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) into curriculum overview samples.

Phase II – (Area) Refining Workshops (Spring 2013) Colorado educators, in area workshops across the state, provided feedback on the Project, the curriculum overview samples, and the future work of the Project (i.e., Phase III).

Phase III – Instructional Unit Samples (Fall 2013-Winter 2015) Colorado educators worked with fellow educators and the Standards and Instructional Support team to build units based on select curriculum overview samples. In three-day workshops, district-teams of general education, special education, ELL, and gifted and talented educators/specialists worked together to plan for the instruction of all students.

Phase IV- High Impact Instructional Strategies (Summer 2016-present)- During a kick-off institute in the Summer and Fall of 2016, Colorado educators came together to discuss key instructional shifts within their disciplines and engaged in reflective lesson planning. Phase IV will  focus on providing tools and resources developed by teachers for teachers that highlight:

  •  High impact instructional strategies specific to each discipline
  •  Sample lesson plan collections

Final resources will be available in December of 2016.

Curriculum overviews, blank templates upon which they are based, instructional units, and other supports for the curriculum samples can currently be accessed on this website. Together, these voluntary-use resources were created by and for Colorado educators as a way to better understand and translate the Colorado Academic Standards into curriculum.

Users of the samples should feel free to copy, distribute and transmit the samples and to adapt them to fit their needs. Please honor the work of the Colorado educators that created these samples by providing them attribution. These samples were not intended for commercial purposes.

Click here for information on the creation of curriculum samples based on the preschool standards of the Colorado Academic Standards.

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