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Curriculum Overview Resources


These resources provide curriculum overview writers and/or users more information about the curriculum project and overview templates. The first video is a general overview of the sample curriculum project and the essential components of the overview templates that may be referenced in future presentations. The presentations that will follow are content specific to illustrate the unique attributes applied in each content area.

A Process Guide for Translating the Colorado Academic Standards into Curriculum (May 16, 2013)

This Process Guide reflects an amalgamation of the processes used by the SIS team and Colorado educators during the fall 2012 workshops to translate the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) into curriculum (unit overview) samples. We hope this guide will deepen understandings of the CAS and spark conversations about creating curriculum, for all content areas and grades, that truly embodies CDE’s mantra of "all student, all standards."

For the highest quality, please watch these presentations at full screen and in HD where possible.

A Closer Look

A closer look at Colorado’s District Sample Curriculum Project and the teacher-created curriculum samples

This 30-minute video provides an overview of Colorado’s District Sample Curriculum Project and explores the curriculum template and key aspects of the teacher-created curriculum samples. For viewer convenience, and to enhance the video, both the PowerPoint presentation utilized in the video and the curriculum template (with explanations of terms and components) are available for download.

The video may be viewed in its entirety, but to facilitate strategic or targeted use the following table highlights the specific topics included in the video (bolded topics indicate major sections of the video) along with their associated time locations and segment lengths.

Video Topic


Video Timestamp


Segment Length


Project Overview 00:00 3 minutes, 30 seconds
  Project Introduction   00:00   20 seconds
  Project Goals   00:20   45 seconds
  Project Phases   01:09   58 seconds
  Phase I Highlights   02:29   1 minute, 20 seconds
Sample Overview - Course at a Glance 03:30 5 minutes, 49 seconds
  Course at a Glance Introduction   03:30   1 minute, 42 seconds
  Planning for a year/course   05:12   4 minutes, 7 seconds
Sample Overview - Unit Planning 09:20 18 minutes, 10 seconds
  Unit planning Introduction   9:20   50 seconds
  Generalizations (Understandings)   10:10   5 minutes, 7 seconds
  Content and Skills   15:20   2 minutes, 54 seconds
  Concepts, Unit Strands and Focusing Lens   18:15   5 minutes, 25 seconds
  Critical Language   23:41   2 minutes, 38 seconds
Next Steps 27:33 1 minute, 58 seconds
  Next Steps Introduction   27:33   45 seconds
  Phase 3 Goals   28:18   1 minute 13 seconds

Content Specific Presentations and Resources

Click the name of the content area to jump directly to its curriculum resources.

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