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Curriculum and Instruction

Model Curriculum

Focus of K2
This video of the kindergarten classroom in a Boston Public School provides a look at curriculum and instruction using Focus on K2 (kindergarten), which was created by Boston Public Schools' Early Childhood Department. A grant called Focus on Early Literacy allowed teachers, instructional assistants, principals and specialists in several districts in Massachusetts to participate in professional development and implement one 8-week unit from Boston's Focus on K2 curriculum in the spring of 2015.

Coming Soon! 14 English as a Second Language Model Curriculum Units, K-12
The ESL MCUs take a functional approach to language teaching and are organized around WIDA’s Key Uses of Academic Language. ESL units focus on systematic, explicit, and sustained language development within the context of the key academic practices of the Massachusetts Frameworks. Each ESL MCU connects to key linguistic demands from an existing content MCU, but the purpose of these ESL units remains that of focused and dedicated language study.

As part of a Race to the Top Grant, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) has developed over 100 Model Curriculum Units (MCUs.) These units are intended to help educators with implementation of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

These MCUs were created by teams of teachers from across the Commonwealth with guidance and support from ESE curriculum and content specialist. All MCUs use the Understanding by Design process developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.

Massachusetts’ educators are encouraged to adopt the units as they are, adapt the units to meet their curriculum needs, and/or use the units as models for developing their own curriculum units.

MCUs for grades PK-12 in

  • English/Language Arts and Literacy
  • History and Social Science
  • Mathematics
  • Science, Technology, and Engineering
  • Career/Vocational Technical Education

are posted and ready for use today!

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Testimonials
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The Attleboro Experience
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The Brockton Experience
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The Theodore Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield a Teachers Experience
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The Kelly Elementary School Experience in Chelsea

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Model Curriculum Units
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Creating Model Curriculum Units
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Curriculum and Instruction

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Model Curriculum Unit and Lesson Plan Template Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document

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Massachusetts Transfer Goals Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document

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Last Updated: August 24, 2015
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