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Center for Instructional Support

Instructional Materials and Professional Development: Strengthening Curriculum in Massachusetts

Expanding access to high-quality, standards-aligned curricular materials can significantly improve student outcomes, especially when teachers have the professional learning opportunities they need to make the most of those materials. The Center for Instructional Support at DESE is committed to ensuring that all students in Massachusetts enjoy the many benefits of a strong curriculum.

  • Curricular materials are resources teachers use to facilitate sequences of learning experiences (e.g., lesson and unit plans, texts); also called adopted or written curriculum.
  • A curriculum is a sequence of student learning experiences teachers facilitate using curricular materials as a foundation (not a script!); also called enacted or taught curriculum.

Teachers Sought for CURATE Fellowship

The Department is partnering with Teach Plus and the Rennie Center to launch a new initiative called CURATE: CUrriculum RAtings by TEachers. Fellows will meet in panels during the 2018-19 school year to review evidence on the quality and alignment of commonly used English language arts/literacy, math, and science and technology/engineering materials. Applications are due July 30 and require a signed acknowledgement from the applicant's principal or other supervisor. Please consider nominating a teacher or applying for this opportunity.

Resources for Supporting Curriculum

Quick Reference Guides

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Assessing Your Curriculum Landscape
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Aligning Curriculum to Massachusetts Standards

Curriculum Heat Maps

The maps are meant to support cross-district collaboration on curriculum and related professional learning in Massachusetts. They show which curricular materials district leaders tell us are most widely used to support instruction in their schools. In this initial phase, the maps focus on English language arts (ELA) and literacy, math, and science and technology/engineering (STE). In addition to the main PK-12 map, eight simpler maps show just the most commonly used materials for specific subject areas and grade spans. Please note that the materials shown on these maps were chosen simply for their prevalence in Massachusetts.

Click the box with the arrow in a map’s top left corner to view its navigation pane. Click the frame icon in a map’s top right corner to view a larger version of the map and sidebar. If you have any questions about the maps, please contact Nechama Goldberg.

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PK-12 ELA/literacy, math, & STE curriculum

Elementary ELA/literacy curriculum
Elementary math curriculum
Elementary STE curriculum

Middle school ELA curriculum
Middle school math curriculum
Middle school STE curriculum

 

 

 

High school ELA data are insufficient to generate their own map at this time.
High school math curriculum
High school STE curriculum


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Searchable Maps PK-12 Curriculum Data


Last Updated: June 28, 2018
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