When planning shifts in curriculum, do we all have to work on the same thing? Might we get further faster if we divide and conquer?
This Vertical Coordination Workshop will have 3 tasks:
- Group 1: Is our Social Studies Curriculum ready to go online?
- Group 2: Are our geography skills vertically aligned and documented correctly?
- Group 3: How do we identify when a student has reached the target level for our developing “I can…” statements?
This Wednesday’s professional development time is dedicated to vertical coordination of curriculum. I want to write “vertical coordination of our Social Studies curriculum,” but that seems to narrow. As a community, we are focused on Social Studies, but we are continuing to grow, refine, and reflect on, well, everything.
Based on a quick chat with our Faculty Staff Leadership Team (FSLT) curriculum co-chairs, Kathy Bruyn and Caroline Peevy, I drafted the following plan for the hour of vertical coordination planning using a Google doc.
I continue to be struck by the power of collaboration. Kathy, Caroline, and I met to review the plan. We discovered that we need a 4th facilitator, so we naturally turned to Rhonda Mitchell, Trinity’s Personalized Learning Specialist. Look at how much the plan improved as Kathy, Caroline, and Rhonda contributed thinking and planning.
Their brilliant thinking and contributions customized the plan to community needs and individualized learning opportunities. Graphic organizers were developed to organize and share work. Additional resources were linked for user reference. In my next post, I’ll share the feedback and reflections from this hour of faculty learning.
What if we crowd-sourced more lesson plans and agendas? What if we offered more opportunities for learners to participate in the “plan and structure” for learning episodes? How might we learn and grow through the process of co-designing and co-learning?