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The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:
- Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
- Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
- Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
- DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
- DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
- Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)
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The key leaders in curriculum mapping include Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Janet Hale and Susan Udelhofen.
The curriculum mapping model based on Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs's work (1997, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010) clearly addresses the necessity to synthesize various models and create a framework that foucses on the recommendations, requisites, and desires that affect students' learning and teahcing environments. ^
Susan Udelhofen ("Keys to Curriculum Mapping", 2005) states "…the concept of curriculum mapping originated in the 1980s with the work of Fenwick English…" (xviii). Dr. Jacobs embraced and enhanced the earlier work by adding a variety of teacher-driven curriculum maps, horizontal and vertical alignments, cyclic reviews, and professional curricular dialogue. Jacobs (2004) states, "…curriculum maps have the potential to become the hub for making decisions about teaching and learning. Focusing the barrage of initiatives and demands on schools into a central database that can be accessed from anywhere through the Internet can provide relief … Mapping becomes an integrating force to address not only curriculum issues, but also programmatic ones." (p.126).
The curriculum mapping model based on Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs's work (1997, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010) clearly addresses the necessity to synthesize various models and create a framework that focuses on the recommendations, requisites, and desires that affect students' learning and teaching environments.``
Curriculum maps are never considered "done," nor is having maps the ultimate goal of mapping. Maps are a by-product of mapping. The term mapping is a verb. It consitutes active engagement and collegial participation in on-going curriculum work. Curriculum mapping does not perceive education as a static environment since learning, and learning about learning, is in continual motion. As long as teachers have new students, new classes, and new school years, newly designed, revised, and replaced learning and teaching evidence in curriculum maps provides a school or district's ongoing curriculum.
Curriculum maps are never to be used for teacher evaluation or punitive damage. Maps are designed to provide authentic evidence of what has happened or is being planned to happen in a school or throughout a district.
Books About Curriculum Mapping
The following books will help educators with curriculum mapping.
- Curriculum Mapping books recommended by Janet Hale
- "Keys to Curriculum Mapping" 2005 by Dr. Susan Udelhofen
- "The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates, Tools, And Resources For Effective Professional Development" by Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Ann W. Johnson
- "Mapping The Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum And Assessment K-12" by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
Educators Tweeting About Curriculum Mapping
Follow tweets through the hashtag #curriculummapping. The following are key educators and organizations tweeting about curriculum mapping:
Quotes About Curriculum Mapping
- "Mapping the curriculum is a 21st Century method of documenting and discussing the taught curriculum involving every teacher and every administrator in the school system." Dr. Susan Udelhofen
"Curriculum mapping is a process for collecting and recording curriculum-related data that identifies core skills and content taught, processes employed, and assessments used for each subject area and grade level. The completed curriculum map then becomes a tool that helps teachers keep track of what has been taught and plan what will be taught." by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs
Web Resources for Curriculum Mapping
- How to create a Curriculum Map from Los Angeles Unified School District Local District 6 Curriculum Map Google site.
- Roadmap to Success: A Curriculum Mapping Primer by Janice West-Christy
Videos About Curriculum Mapping
- Curriculum Mapping Youtube Playlist curated by David Spencer
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