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The Seven C's - Session 2

Session 2: Clarity 1: How will we meet the promises of our school’s mission? 

Session 2 Objectives: 
Define a “guaranteed and viable” curriculum and why it is important.
Explain how a “guaranteed and viable” curriculum impacts student achievement.

Session 2 Introduction:
How does reflecting on school curriculum impact student success? In this session, Dan explains the importance of a clear, school-wide curriculum and its value to school achievement. 

Session 2 Video:

Session 2: Questions to Ponder and Discuss

  1. Have you ever struggled with any of these questions? Select one below and discuss. 
    • What am I supposed to teach in class this year? 
    • What do I eliminate if I run out of time? 
    • How does what I am teaching build on and connect to what others are teaching, or interfere with it? 
    • How do I ensure that my students are ready for what happens next? 
  2. Do you have a “guaranteed and viable” curriculum? If not, what would you need to do to get one? 
  3. What was your experience like as a new teacher? What information might have helped you to better succeed? 
  4. How does curriculum mapping support you in both the Christian and Clarity aspects of your teaching? 

Recommended Resource: 

Chenoweth, Karin. Schools That Succeed: How Educators Marshal the Power of Systems for Improvement. Harvard Education Press, 2017.

CT Connection:
In Curriculum Trak, there are two key reports that collate your school-wide curriculum details for the purposes of identifying your “guaranteed and viable curriculum.”

  • Scope and Sequence Report - This report will detail the key concepts covered in each of your subject areas. Here’s another view of the scope and sequence.
  • Benchmark Reports - These reports are helpful to see how each unit fits into the standards/benchmarks your school had adopted as a framework for curricular decisions.