Develop standards based curriculum resources

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Using state and Common Core standards, lead teachers and curriculum coordinators will develop PreK-8 curriculum maps and high school course syllabi, as well as instructional units that include digitally accessible resources and formative assessments, which will eventually become an integral part of the statewide teaching and learning system. Participants in this project will design the curriculum maps, syllabi, and instructional units and pilot them in their own classrooms.

Approximately 300 participants will attend summer weeklong seminars on curriculum development and four working sessions annually. They will receive materials that can be used to disseminate the process and the products of their work in their schools and districts.

The work produced will be posted on the ESE's curriculum and instruction website as a resource for educators within and beyond Massachusetts. This project will be especially relevant for schools and districts that do not have the resources or experience to develop curriculum aligned to state standards on their own. Participants in the working groups will gain detailed knowledge of principles and sound practices in standards-based curriculum development.

In Years 3 and 4, selected participants will have the opportunity to disseminate the curriculum resources at statewide and regional meetings.

What will districts have to do?

As part of their response to the Year 1 Race to the Top RFP, districts will provide completed application forms (provided as an addendum to this RFP) and résumés of up to six lead classroom teachers, curriculum coordinators, principals, or superintendents whom they would like to nominate for this project. Ideally these participants, if selected, will commit to participating in all four years of this project. ESE will select committee members by November 22, 2010: the date by which district RFP responses must be finalized.

Participants must commit to participating in this project for all four years. Initial recruitment in Year 1 will be the only opportunity to join.

District participants will serve on Curriculum Development Committees. The chart below shows the committees that will be formed and the number of places on each committee. Members of these Curriculum Development Committees will collaborate with members of the Extended Performance Task Committees, particularly in Years 2, 3, and 4.

Subject

Grades PreK-3

Grades 4-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

English language arts

20

20

20

20

Mathematics

20

20

20

20

History and social science

15

15

20

20

Science and technology/ engineering

15

15

20

20

In Years 1 and 2 (January 2011 to August 2012), districts will focus on PreK-12 curriculum mapping (i.e., the sequence in which standards are taught within a school year for a subject and grade) and grade-level unit development in English language arts, history/social science, mathematics, and science and technology/engineering.

In Years 3 and 4 (September 2012 to September 2014), districts will focus on unit development, identification of online resources, and piloting. In these final two years, districts will be given the opportunity to involve teachers of the arts, health, and foreign languages, vocational/technical subjects for the purpose of developing interdisciplinary units.

Project participants will be expected to pilot selected curriculum units in their classrooms in Years 2, 3, and/or 4.

Which districts are eligible? Which (if any) are required to participate?

All districts are eligible; none are required.

How will districts be selected to participate?

ESE seeks wide and varied expertise for this project. Teachers and administrators of any subject matter and at all grade levels indicated on the chart above, as well as teachers of English language learners and special needs students, librarians, technology specialists, and other administrators, may be included in the districts' applications.

Preference will be given to districts that also submit an application to participate in the Extended Performance Task Development Committee (project 5C), because these two groups will collaborate in Years 2, 3, and 4.

Participants will be selected on the basis of their experience in standards-based curriculum and assessment development and to represent different types of districts, charter schools, and regions of Massachusetts. ESE will provide early notification to districts regarding the selection of participants in order to assist districts with their budgetary planning. If an individual is not selected, the district may amend its budget accordingly for work on other RTTT projects.

What will it cost districts to participate?

For each potential participant, districts should budget for seven days of substitutes, stipends, and travel in Year 1 (two school-year days between January and June 2011 and a five-day professional development institute in the summer of 2011).

In Years 2, 3, and 4, districts should budget for nine substitute/stipend/travel days for each participant (four school-year days and a five-day professional development institute in the summer each year).

Educators may not receive stipends for committee meetings that occur during working hours of the regular school year. They may receive stipends during the summer and for work done outside of school time. Please note that this project will involve research, writing, and online collaboration during the school year, so participants must be willing to complete some writing and research tasks outside of school time.

What are allowable uses of Race to the Top funds for this project?

Reasonable costs associated with participating on the committees, such as stipends, substitute coverage, and travel.

What is required in the Year 1 RFP response?

Districts must include completed application forms and résumés for the educators they wish to nominate to serve on the committees, as well as a budget and narrative for any costs associated with this project that the district wishes to fund through its Race to the Top allocation. We will allow districts to amend their budget later if their nominated educators are not chosen to serve on the committees.

What will the state contribute?

ESE will cover the costs of convening statewide meetings and fees for speakers and curriculum and assessment consultants.

ESE will assume the costs of obtaining permissions for including copyrighted materials in curriculum units, editing and preparing materials for website and print publication.

Project 5C: Participate in an advisory committee to develop extended performance tasks

Required/

recommended

Eligible

Potential costs to districts

Total cost

State $ avail?

Add'l selection process?

Y1

Y2

Y3

Y4

n/a

All









Minor

No

Yes

Why should districts participate in this project?

Using state and Common Core standards, lead teachers and curriculum coordinators will develop extended performance assessment tasks. These performance assessments will be conducted in the classroom over time (from several days to several weeks) and address several standards. They might include research, writing, problem-solving, experiments, and oral presentations. Participants in this project will design the assessments, pilot them in their own classrooms, refine them for publication, and participate in scoring activities including the development of scoring rubrics and benchmarking of student work.

Approximately 300 participants will attend summer weeklong seminars on task development and four working sessions annually. They will receive materials that can be used to disseminate the process and the products of their work in their schools and districts.

This project will be especially valuable for schools and districts that do not have the resources or experience to develop performance assessments on their own. Participants will gain detailed knowledge of principles and sound practices in assessment development, administration, and scoring.

In Years 3 and 4, selected participants will have the opportunity to disseminate the performance tasks at statewide and regional meetings.

What will districts have to do?

As part of their response to the Year 1 Race to the Top RFP, districts will provide completed application forms (provided as an addendum to this RFP) and résumés of up to six lead classroom teachers, curriculum coordinators, principals, or superintendents whom they would like to nominate for this project. ESE will select committee members by November 22, 2010: the date by which district RFP responses must be finalized.

Participants must commit to participating in this project for all four years. Initial recruitment in Year 1 will be the only opportunity to join.

Participants will be expected to attend a weeklong summer professional development institute in the summer of 2011 and to participate in online and face-to-face development workgroups during Years 1 through 3 (January-June 2011, 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, including time during the summer). Please note that this project will involve research, writing, and online collaboration during the school year, so participants must be willing to complete some writing and research tasks outside of school time.

Participants will be expected to pilot and score selected performance tasks in their classrooms.

District participants will serve on Extended Performance Task Committees. The chart below shows the committees that will be formed and the number of places on each committee. Members of these Extended Performance Task Committees will collaborate with members of the Curriculum Development Committees, particularly in Years 2, 3, and 4.

Subject

Grades 1-3

Grades 4-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-11

English language arts

20

20

20

20

Mathematics

20

20

20

20

History and social science

15

15

20

20

Science and technology/ engineering

15

15

20

20

Which districts are eligible? Which (if any) are required to participate?

All districts are eligible; none are required.

How will districts be selected to participate?

ESE seeks wide and varied expertise for this project. Teachers and administrators of any subject matter and at all grade levels indicated on the chart above, as well as teachers of English language learners and special needs students, librarians, technology specialists, and other administrators, may be included in the districts' applications.

Preference will be given to districts that also submit applications the Standards-Based Curriculum Resources Development Committee (project 5B) because the two groups will collaborate in Years 2, 3, and 4.

Participants will be selected on the basis of their experience in standards-based curriculum and assessment development and to represent different types of districts, charter schools, and regions of Massachusetts. ESE will provide early notification to districts regarding the selection of participants in order to assist districts with their budgetary planning. If an individual is not selected, the district may amend its budget accordingly for work on other RTTT projects.

What will it cost districts to participate?

For each potential participant, districts should budget for seven days of substitutes, stipends, and travel in Year 1 (two school-year days between January and June 2011 and a five-day professional development institute in the summer of 2011).

In Years 2, 3, and 4, districts should budget for nine substitute/stipend/travel days for each participant (four school-year days and a five-day professional development institute in the summer each year).

Educators may not receive stipends for committee meetings that occur during working hours of the regular school year. They may receive stipends during the summer and for work done outside of school time. Please note that this project will involve research, writing and online collaboration during the school year so participants must be willing to complete some writing and research tasks outside of school time.

What are allowable uses of Race to the Top funds for this project?

Reasonable costs associated with participating on the committees, such as stipends, substitute coverage, and travel.

What is required in the Year 1 RFP response?

Districts must include completed application forms and résumés for the educators they wish to nominate to serve on the committees, as well as a budget and narrative for any costs associated with this project that the district wishes to fund through its Race to the Top allocation. We will allow districts to amend their budget later if their nominated educators are not chosen to serve on the committees.

What will the state contribute?

ESE will cover the costs of convening statewide meetings and fees for speakers and curriculum and assessment consultants.

ESE will assume the costs of obtaining permissions for including copyrighted materials in performance assessment tasks, editing and preparing materials for website and print publication.

Project 5D: Participate in an advisory committee to develop online formative and interim assessments

Required/

recommended

Eligible

Potential costs to districts

Total cost

State $ avail?

Add'l selection process?

Y1

Y2

Y3

Y4

n/a

All









Minor

No

Yes

Why should districts participate in this project?

This project will give approximately 25 to 35 educators the opportunity to advise ESE on the purpose and design of an online bank of test items for formative and interim assessments, and on issues of school and district implementation of such a resource.

This project will be especially relevant to districts that wish to implement common assessments, and for districts that currently use commercial products and would like to implement a lower cost system developed collaboratively by districts and ESE.

What will districts have to do?

As part of their response to the Year 1 Race to the Top RFP, districts will provide completed application forms (provided as an addendum to this RFP) and résumés of English language arts or mathematics teachers, curriculum coordinators, or assessment coordinators, to serve on this advisory committee. The maximum number of accepted applicants will be 35.

LEAs must apply for participation in Year 1 and commit to participating for the duration of the project (all 4 years). Initial recruitment in Year 1 is the only opportunity to join this project.

The committee will meet four days each year from 2010 through 2014. LEAs must provide release time for selected individuals.

Which districts are eligible? Which (if any) are required to participate?

All districts are eligible; none are required.

How will districts be selected to participate?

ESE seeks wide and varied expertise for this project. Teachers and administrators of any subject matter and at all grade levels, as well as teachers of English language learners and special needs students, librarians, technology specialists, and other administrators, may be included in the districts' applications.

Participants will be selected on the basis of their experience in standards-based curriculum, assessment development, and/or related technological expertise, as well as to represent different types of districts, charter schools, and regions of Massachusetts. ESE will provide early notification to districts regarding the selection of participants in order to assist districts with their budgetary planning. If an individual is not selected, the district may amend its budget accordingly for work on other RTTT projects.

What will it cost districts to participate?

The project requires attendance at four project meetings each year, in Years 1 through 4, for a total of 16 daylong meetings for the duration of the project.

What are allowable uses of Race to the Top funds for this project?

Reasonable costs associated with participating on the committee, such as stipends, substitute coverage, and travel.

What is required in the Year 1 RFP response?

Districts must include completed application forms and résumés for the educators they wish to nominate to serve on the committee, as well as a budget and narrative for any costs associated with this project that the district wishes to fund through its Race to the Top allocation. We will allow districts to amend their budget later if their nominated educators are not chosen to serve on the committee.

What will the state contribute?

ESE will cover the costs of convening statewide meetings and fees for assessment system design consultants.

ESE will assume the cost of developing the online formative and interim assessment system.

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