Teacher-created curriculum samples
Click here to access resources for Colorado’s District Sample Curriculum Project and the template utilized in the creation of these curriculum samples.
The fall of 2012, over 500 Colorado educators, representing 61 school districts, participated in curriculum design workshops that resulted in the creation of more than 700 curriculum samples based on the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). Utilizing a Colorado-designed and refined template, the samples provide organizing structures for addressing the grade-level expectations (GLEs), evidence outcomes (EOs) and 21st Century Skills that build students' mastery of the standards at each grade level. As voluntary resources for districts, the samples:
- Represent the translation of the CAS into unit overviews for all (10) content areas, grades k-12
- Illuminate possibilities for sequencing grade-level and content-specific standards across courses/years
- Offer one possible foundation for exploring standards-based unit and lesson-plan development
The samples, the blank template upon which they are based, and a template with definitions can currently be accessed on this website. Together, these resources were created by and for Colorado educators as a way to understand and translate the state standards into curriculum. Indeed, initial feedback indicates that districts can envision utilizing the samples and blank template as starting points for the creation of their own curricula, as examples to build upon and augment, as crosswalk documents for curricular comparisons, and other purposeful and individualized uses. 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.
Questions related to Colorado's District Sample Curriculum Project should be directed to Brian Sevier.
Colorado's District Sample Curriculum Project framework is based on the work of Lynn Erickson whose work on concept-based education facilitated the creation of a flexible and customizable template that supports implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards.
Colorado's District Sample Curriculum Project utilizes a Colorado designed and refined template that allows for educator/district customizing. While key components of the template are constants, there are elements unique to particular grade levels and content areas.
The 500+ Colorado educators involved in phase one of Colorado's District Sample Curriculum Project created 670 samples for all 10 content areas (grades k-12) of the Colorado Academic Standards. These resources truly reflect CDE's mantra and commitment to, "All students, all standards."
All phases of Colorado's District Sample Curriculum Project depend on the participation of dedicated teachers throughout the state. This summer, the SIS office will convene Colorado teachers and district leaders to create full instructional units based on selected unit overviews from the bank of samples.
In the SIS office, we have some sense of how districts and teachers might utilize the 670 curriculum samples created by and for Colorado educators, but we want to hear directly from you. Please take a moment to let us know your thoughts.
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