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Create a schoolwide foundation to ensure academic success for ALL students This useful guide supports the needs of culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse learners and demonstrates how a shared vision can increase student engagement and ensure that not-so-common learners benefit from academic rigor. Taking a system-wide approach, the authors offer educators a model arranged in six distinct yet complementary pathways to improve programs, policies, and practices for diverse learners. This innovative framework includes: Mapping and aligning an integrated curriculum–making the mainstream curricula accessible for all learners Collaborative planning and assessment–pooling intelligence so the whole is greater than the sum of its parts Teaching students explicit learning strategies–empowering students by increasing student-led learning Promoting disciplinary literacy–providing all students with access to pertinent academic language learning Featuring ...

The Mapping and Alignment of an Integrated Curriculum
The Mapping and Alignment of an Integrated Curriculum

If you care about schools, the curricular chaos within them has to arrest your attention. Remember the premise: the uglier the problem, the bigger the educational payoff in solving the problem. There’s one hell of a payoff here.

—Mike Schmoker (2006, p. 36)

What’s in greatest demand today isn’t analysis but synthesis—seeing the big picture and, crossing boundaries, being able to combine disparate pieces into an arresting new whole.

—Daniel H. Pink (2005)

Both as a team and individually, we have visited school districts across the United States to conduct professional development or coach various groups of teachers—elementary classroom, content-area secondary, literacy and math coaches, ESL, and special education service providers. What frequently ...

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