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Curriculum Insights Magazine

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Curriculum Magazine: Issue 1

Curriculum Magazine: Issue 1

May 2020

Guides

Browse our step-by-step guides and templates designed to help you get started and succeed.

A Guide to Building a Curriculum Process

A Guide to Building a Curriculum Process

Read our short FariaPD guide on how to build a curriculum process in 5 easy steps, and share with other school leaders!

Guide to Virtual Professional Development

Guide to Virtual Professional Development

Read our guide on tips for facilitating synchronous and asynchronous professional learning.

Creating Unit Templates That Work for Non-IB Programmes in ManageBac

Creating Unit Templates That Work for Non-IB Programmes in ManageBac

Read our Curriculum-First guide on tips for creating unit templates for non-IB programmes in ManageBac.

Guide: Outcome-Based Education Planning for Learning Design

Guide: Outcome-Based Education Planning for Learning Design

Discover how outcome-based education reimagines instructional and strategic.

On-Demand Webinars

Watch our pre-recorded webinars which range from topics including remote learning, tips for teacher & leaders, PD best practices, and more.

ATL Series: Teaching Collaborative skills in the MYP

ATL Series: Teaching Collaborative skills in the MYP

If these skills are so important we cannot leave them to chance, how do we then effectively teach these skills in a planned and strategic manner?

Creating Templates that Work in Across non-IB Academic Programmes in ManageBac

Creating Templates that Work in Across non-IB Academic Programmes in ManageBac

Join us, as we explore the common shifts schools make in their templates to maximize the impact of their curriculum planning process.

Why document your non-IB curricula in ManageBac?

Why document your non-IB curricula in ManageBac?

In this webinar, we will explore the advantages of using ManageBac to document your non-IB curriculum and the steps in a process for documenting your curriculum.

Curriculum Writing: Enduring Understanding & Essential Questions

Curriculum Writing: Enduring Understanding & Essential Questions

In this webinar we will explore how to develop strong enduring understandings and essential questions for unit plans.

Curriculum Writing: Sharpen Your Focus with Content and Skills

Curriculum Writing: Sharpen Your Focus with Content and Skills

This webinar will walk you through how to clearly articulate and identify your content and skills in addition to providing tips and tricks.

Part 1: Unit Planning with English Learners in Mind

Part 1: Unit Planning with English Learners in Mind

Language is not learned in isolation, meaning that all teachers of English Learners (ELs) should consider themselves teachers of both language and content.

Part 2: Unit Planning with English Learners in Mind

Part 2: Unit Planning with English Learners in Mind

Language is not learned in isolation, meaning that all teachers of English Learners (ELs) should consider themselves teachers of both language and content.

Social Media: a Springboard for Narrative, Argument, and Student Self-Refection

Social Media: a Springboard for Narrative, Argument, and Student Self-Refection

This webinar will examine how social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) can serve as a platform for students to create original narratives and arguments with which members of the entire school community can interact.

Using Atlas to Help Plan your PD for the Year

Using Atlas to Help Plan your PD for the Year

Explore how to use Atlas to inform your planning for the professional learning needs of your school or district.

Tips and Tricks for Facilitating Virtual Professional Development

Tips and Tricks for Facilitating Virtual Professional Development

Join us for a conversation about facilitating meaningful and tailored remote professional development.

Prioritize Curriculum Goals: Transitioning to Online Instruction

Prioritize Curriculum Goals: Transitioning to Online Instruction

In this webinar, we will share practical tips for reviewing curriculum to set goals and document both what will, and what will not, become a priority for online instruction.

Exploring Epistemic Inquiry and Why it is so Effective

Exploring Epistemic Inquiry and Why it is so Effective

The webinar will explain how epistemic inquiry is based on 4 big questions about knowledge. What exists? How do things happen? How do we come to know? What should we do with this knowledge?

Leading Teams Virtually

Leading Teams Virtually

Michael Iannini will provide guidance on how to lead a team virtually and provide practical tips for how to facilitate a virtual meeting.

Maneras Creativas para Fomentar Reflexiones más Profundas de tus Estudiantes en CAS

Maneras Creativas para Fomentar Reflexiones más Profundas de tus Estudiantes en CAS

Únase a nosotros siguiendo el trayecto de una profesora en su esfuerzo para promover que sus estudiantes de CAS realicen reflexiones más profundas y relevantes en su servicio de proyecto educativo.

Teachers Helping Teachers: A Conversation about Remote Learning

Teachers Helping Teachers: A Conversation about Remote Learning

Our panelists of teachers share their tips of strategies, lessons learned, and ways they are continuing to facilitate learning in a virtual classroom.

Teachers Helping Teachers: A Conversation about Shifts in Teaching for Remote Learning

Teachers Helping Teachers: A Conversation about Shifts in Teaching for Remote Learning

As we enter a new landscape for schools and teachers are shifting their classrooms online, it is important that educators build in opportunities to collaborate, share, & connect with each other.

Teachers Helping Teachers: A Conversation about Differentiation & Engagement in a Virtual Classroom

Teachers Helping Teachers: A Conversation about Differentiation & Engagement in a Virtual Classroom

Join our panelist of teachers discuss strategies, lessons learned, and ideas about differentiation in a virtual classroom.

Teachers Helping Teachers: A Conversation with Early Years Teachers

Teachers Helping Teachers: A Conversation with Early Years Teachers

Our panelist of teachers will share their tips and strategies about shifting their early years classroom to a virtual environment.

Leaders Helping Leaders: A Conversation about Remote Learning

Leaders Helping Leaders: A Conversation about Remote Learning

As we enter a new period of learning, our hope is to bring together educators and leaders from across regions, to discuss what is working, what has been learned so far and plans for moving forward. Join us as we have several leaders share their current strategies and then open up the virtual floor to ask questions and share ideas.

Leaders Helping Leaders: A Conversation on Supporting Teachers Virtually

Leaders Helping Leaders: A Conversation on Supporting Teachers Virtually

Several leaders share their current strategies around supporting teachers virtually with morale, resources and coaching for remote learning.

Leaders Helping Leaders: A Conversation on Supporting Differentiation in a Remote Learning Environment

Leaders Helping Leaders: A Conversation on Supporting Differentiation in a Remote Learning Environment

Several leaders share their current strategies around differentiating the curriculum and learning in a remote environment.

Leaders Helping Leaders: A Conversation on Assessment Practices during Remote Learning

Leaders Helping Leaders: A Conversation on Assessment Practices during Remote Learning

Join us as we have 3 leaders share their current strategies on assessing students during a remote learning environment.

How we learn - Designing learning experiences in the Middle Years Programme

How we learn - Designing learning experiences in the Middle Years Programme

This webinar aims to give an overview of theories of learning and a cognitive framework for understanding them in order to inform and improve our delivery.

The Coronavirus: Questions the Board and Management Need to be Considering

The Coronavirus: Questions the Board and Management Need to be Considering

Governance and Strategy experts, will identify the questions you need to be asking and also provide insight into some of the actions school boards and leadership teams can be taking.

The IBCP: Integrating the Core Components - Service Learning

The IBCP: Integrating the Core Components - Service Learning

This webinar will provide an overview of service learning requirements and types of service options. Explore the connection to the other core elements. Consider the needs of each school's context when developing the service learning programme.

The IBCP: Integrating the Core Components - Language Development

The IBCP: Integrating the Core Components - Language Development

This webinar provides an overview of language development requirements and language options. Explore the connection to the other core elements. Consider the needs of each school's context when developing the language development programme.

Part 1: What is Service Learning, & Why Do It?

Part 1: What is Service Learning, & Why Do It?

In part 1 of 3 of the Service Learning webinar series, we answer: What is service learning, and why do it? We discuss similarities and differences of service learning, community service, and community engagement; instructional pedagogy and curriculum integration with the community; why all schools need a service learning program; and the 5 Stages of Service Learning.

Part 2: Creating Service Learning Curriculum: The How

Part 2: Creating Service Learning Curriculum: The How

In part 2 of 3 of the Service Learning webinar series, we review how to use service learning standards and benchmarks on Atlas, formative and summative assessment examples, UN global goals and finding meaningful connections, and partnership goals and impacts.

Part 3: Why all Schools Need a Sustainable Service Learning Framework and How to Achieve It

Part 3: Why all Schools Need a Sustainable Service Learning Framework and How to Achieve It

In part 3 of 3 of the Service Learning webinar series, we discuss why all schools need a sustainable service learning framework and how to achieve it.

Curriculum Writing: Approaches to Unit Planning

Curriculum Writing: Approaches to Unit Planning

In this session, we will examine elements of high-quality unit plans and break down ways to approach unit planning in a way that is practical, approachable, and tangible.

Making the Most of the IBDP Group 1 Learner Portfolio

Making the Most of the IBDP Group 1 Learner Portfolio

This webinar will offer ideas, tips and guidance for using the learner portfolio to enhance learning and support students.

Guidelines and Suggestions for the Articulation of the Written Curriculum in the MYP

Guidelines and Suggestions for the Articulation of the Written Curriculum in the MYP

Stefana Stefansson shares her own experience making and adjusting a curriculum based on the relevant IB literature with a focus on mapping out a flexible yet rigorous curriculum articulation.

International Mindedness in the MYP

International Mindedness in the MYP

This webinar will look at how to build clarity into a somewhat intangible concept so that it can be more explicitly taught and evaluated so as to support progression in international mindedness.

Assessment and Reporting: that aids learning

Assessment and Reporting: that aids learning

Join us for a webinar with Adrian von Wrede-Jervis as he explores: -Identifying the purpose and impacts of planned units -Philosophy of assessment -Current trends in reporting assessed learning.

Let's Discuss Agency in the PYP

Let's Discuss Agency in the PYP

Join Ali Ezzeddine and the FariaPD team as they examine the role of Agency in the Enhanced PYP.

Exploring PYP Exhibition

Exploring PYP Exhibition

A webinar for experienced practitioners or those new to Exhibition, join Sonya terBorg in walking through the expectations of the PYP Exhibition as it relates to the Enhancements to the PYP.

Part 1: Literacy at the PreK-K Level

Part 1: Literacy at the PreK-K Level

In this webinar we look at the similarities in the reading standards in PreK and Kindergarten involved in early years language and literacy skills development.

Part 2: Literacy at the PreK-K Level

Part 2: Literacy at the PreK-K Level

In this webinar we discuss a series of reflective questions that encourage teachers to examine and align their values and beliefs with their actions and the intended environment.

Transfer: Building a Curriculum that is Conceptual and Connected

Transfer: Building a Curriculum that is Conceptual and Connected

This webinar will discuss strategies that can leverage this most powerful element in learning and offers a way to build a curriculum that is conceptual and connected. Too ambitious? Tune in to see.

ATL Skills Progression: How to Plan for it and Track Progress

ATL Skills Progression: How to Plan for it and Track Progress

The webinar will explore the various approaches that could be taken to not only meet IB requirements but also make skill progression a considered aspect of your programme. It will start from first principles and advocate that the documentation mirrors rather than overshadows pedagogical philosophy.

Successfully Managing Change: Transitioning to PYP Next

Successfully Managing Change: Transitioning to PYP Next

This webinar will explore what the research tells us about change management in schools and how it can be applied to support PYP coordinators this academic year and beyond.

How to Engage Your Students With Sketchnotes and Infographics

How to Engage Your Students With Sketchnotes and Infographics

This webinar will lead you through the creative process, providing you with multiple examples of how you can record student’s ideas, as well as facilitate inquiry based learning.

Going Green Through Gardening

Going Green Through Gardening

An open discussion on the trials and successes we have encountered during the creation of a school garden space, as well as a reflection on the effects of integrating gardening and composting practices into a school curriculum to foster environmental change.

Part 1: Building a Wellness Program: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

Part 1: Building a Wellness Program: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

During this first part of a three part series, we will discuss the various components of a comprehensive and inclusive program that is designed to meet the unique needs of your school community.

Part 2: Building a Wellness Program: Decreasing Student and Teacher Stress Is it Possible This Close to Exams

Part 2: Building a Wellness Program: Decreasing Student and Teacher Stress Is it Possible This Close to Exams

During this session we will discuss acculturative stress as it pertains to the international school communities, as well as how to recognize, pre-empt and alleviate exam stress.

Part 3: Building a Wellness Program: So Now What? Applicable Strategies & Next Steps

Part 3: Building a Wellness Program: So Now What? Applicable Strategies & Next Steps

Discussions around where to start, next steps, and the decision of whether to custom build your own program or purchase a tailored program will be the focus of this webinar.

Collaboratively Developing and Refining Your Programme of Inquiry

Collaboratively Developing and Refining Your Programme of Inquiry

A team of PYP educators and coordinators will share different approaches developing and refining a POI.

Leading Change for Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction

Leading Change for Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction

Sarah Plews will share a contextualized narrative of how her school is implementing an aligned Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction model.

Developing and Implementing a Professional Learning Plan: A Diocesan Approach

Developing and Implementing a Professional Learning Plan: A Diocesan Approach

In this webinar, Julie and Mary will share their process of developing and implementing the professional learning plan for the Diocese of San Diego.

Making Physical Education a Positive Learning Experience for ALL

Making Physical Education a Positive Learning Experience for ALL

In this webinar, we will focus on instructional practices and assessment guidelines that will help upgrade the PE program of a school.

Creating a Unit Template that Supports Religious Values

Creating a Unit Template that Supports Religious Values

In this webinar, we will review several template examples from Catholic schools and look at ways a map can include customized categories.

Powerful Curriculum Partnerships

Powerful Curriculum Partnerships

This session will give leaders strategies for building powerful curriculum partnerships in order to secure buy-in.

Enhancing and Accessing the MC3 Using Atlas

Enhancing and Accessing the MC3 Using Atlas

In this webinar we will explore the Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum, changes and enhancements Wayne RESA has made to the curriculum as well as how to access it via Atlas.

Quality Feedback-Standards Based Grading

Quality Feedback-Standards Based Grading

Learn how one district navigated Standards Based Grading to create better communication and better understanding of student learning for teachers, parents and the students themselves.

Aspirational Mapping: Establishing a Collaborative Curriculum Process

Aspirational Mapping: Establishing a Collaborative Curriculum Process

Durham Academy shares the essential elements of leading change, including the lessons they’ve learned from their process so far, and the value of insisting on a collaborative curriculum mapping process.

Concept-Based Teaching and Learning: Going Beyond the Three-Dimensions

Concept-Based Teaching and Learning: Going Beyond the Three-Dimensions

This webinar will focus on how 1 school uses Concept-Based Curriculum to explicitly target and develop 21st century competencies.

Using Atlas to Implement a Strategic Plan to Support Instruction

Using Atlas to Implement a Strategic Plan to Support Instruction

Novi CSD shares the approach and progress of their district over the last 6 years as they have implemented a comprehensive strategics plan to create a district-wide guaranteed and viable curriculum.

Key Insights Into the Catholic Curriculum Standards

Key Insights Into the Catholic Curriculum Standards

This webinar will discuss the underlying philosophy and use of the transcendentals of truth, beauty, and goodness embedded within the Catholic Curriculum Standards.

Success Stories

Watch our pre-recorded webinars which range from topics including interviews with schools who have has success with PD, building viable and district-wide curriculum, and more.

Client Success Story: District Wide Curriculum

Client Success Story: District Wide Curriculum

Meet Raina Kor, Assistant Superintendent at Irvington Union Free School District, as she explains the benefits of curriculum mapping across the district. bringing one grade to the next.

Client Success Story: Guaranteed Viable Curriculum

Client Success Story: Guaranteed Viable Curriculum

Meet Josh Ruland, grades 9-12 Curriculum Director at Indian Prairie School District in Illinois as he discusses creating guaranteed viable curriculum to create consistency district-wide.

Client Success Story: Building a District-Wide Consensus Curriculum

Client Success Story: Building a District-Wide Consensus Curriculum

Meet Dr. Kenneth Card, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculu and Instruction Curriculum Coordinator at Huntington Union Free School, as he and his team discuss the benefits of mapping across their district.

Objective: Collaboration

Objective: Collaboration

Join us on a tour of Portledge School as the Curriculum Coordinator and Head of School discuss finding the value of curriculum mapping through collaborative conversations.

Atlas + FariaPD: Leadership Institutes

Atlas + FariaPD: Leadership Institutes

Learn about the Leadership Institutes that FariaPD provides.

Case Studies

St. Mark’s Episcopal School: Differentiated Professional Development

St. Mark’s Episcopal School: Differentiated Professional Development

Read our FariaPD case study with St. Mark Episcopal School on Differentiated Professional Development, using FariaPD to refresh their curriculum mapping initiative.

Blending Virtual and Onsite Professional Development

Blending Virtual and Onsite Professional Development

Read our case study with St. Richard’s Episcopal School on how they worked with FariaPD to map a sustainable curriculum mapping initiative in Atlas.

PD for Building a Curriculum Process

PD for Building a Curriculum Process

Read our FariaPD case study with Gray Academy of Jewish Education on building a curriculum process.

Videos

Simplifying Accreditation Through Sound Curriculum Practices

Simplifying Accreditation Through Sound Curriculum Practices

The American School of Tegucigalpa shared with us how, with Atlas, it is possible to prepare for a successful review while improving your school.

Curriculum Basics: Content and Skills

Curriculum Basics: Content and Skills

Join the Atlas and FariaPD team as they look at the difference of content and skills.

Curriculum Basics: Standards and Assessments

Curriculum Basics: Standards and Assessments

Join the Atlas and FariaPD team as they look at the alignment of standards and assessments to the curriculum.

Mapping Elementary ELA with Standards and Textbook

Mapping Elementary ELA with Standards and Textbook

Sitting down to begin mapping your curriculum can be a daunting task… where do you even begin? Join Megan Davenport as she walks through one way to approach Elementary ELA using standards and textbook.

Where To Start Mapping: Mapping Social Studies with Standards and the C3 Framework

Where To Start Mapping: Mapping Social Studies with Standards and the C3 Framework

Sitting down to begin mapping your curriculum can be a daunting task… where do you even begin? Join Sarah Brandt as she walks through one way to approach mapping social studies with standards and the C3 framework.

Where Do I Start: Mapping NGSS Using the Bundles

Where Do I Start: Mapping NGSS Using the Bundles

Sitting down to begin mapping your curriculum can be a daunting task… where do you even begin?

Curriculum Basics: Essential Questions

Curriculum Basics: Essential Questions

Watch our short video on essential questions that teachers need to ask when developing their curriculum.

Curriculum Basics: Content and Skills

Curriculum Basics: Content and Skills

A short video that gives an overview of how you should start to develop your curriculum using content to help build the skills that you want your students to learn.

Curriculum Basics: Standards and Assessments

Curriculum Basics: Standards and Assessments

A short video on how to use standards and assessments when developing curriculum, and questions that you should be asking your school on how they are approaching both.

Curriculum Basics: Enduring Understandings

Curriculum Basics: Enduring Understandings

Watch our short video explaining what enduring understandings are, and how they affect the building of your unit.

Podcasts

Listen to our PD Podcast!

Curriculum Conversations: Why Unit Plan?

Curriculum Conversations: Why Unit Plan?

In this episode of Curriculum Conversations, Megan and Elizabeth discuss the benefits of unit planning from an administrative perspective and a teacher perspective. Additionally, they will share some tips for getting teachers onboard and committed to the practice of planning at the unit level. Join us!

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