There are many NGOs, pundits, influencers, and policymakers creating reports, frameworks, standards and blueprints about where education should be headed. That is all well and good, but how can they make these lists of specs and features if they have never designed a comprehensive system themselves? If your school is serious about equity, rigor, reliability & research-based models, we invite you to see what we have designed, iterated, tested and deployed alongside thousands of students and educators.
On September 10 and 30, President & Founder Catherine Saldutti presented 30-minute webinars that highlight 10 major design shifts we made to overhaul high school academics. Yes, our Integrated Science Program is a curriculum. But really it is a demonstration of the best available research from the Sciences of Learning & Development (SoLD), as well as desirable teaching & assessment practices that many schools are struggling to execute—because they are difficult to design well!!
You can access each of the webinars at the following links:
- And this is Part II
The next time you invite a curriculum consultant or a design expert to speak to your faculty, maybe you should first ask them what they, personally, have designed for others to use successfully…? If they answer with templates, a set of rubrics, or a couple of project designs…well…think about that! The problem is that unless everything works together, systemically, it is unfair to teachers to hand them a few components, like rubrics, and say, “Use these to design your curriculum.” Design doesn’t work that way.