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Rigorous Curriculum Design: Planning for the Iowa Core ELA Standards

This course is open only to those approved by your district curriculum director and AEA ELA team. Space is limited to 60 educators. The registration password may be obtained from your district.

Participants will investigate a rigorous curriculum design model with the intent of developing a year-long K-12 scope and sequence of the Iowa Core English Language Arts standards. In addition, participants will begin grade-level curriculum development which includes unwrapping standards into teachable concepts and skills, developing essential understandings and essential questions, creating end-of-unit assessments, and creating unit pre-assessments. This will lead to future work: the development of rigorous, standards-based lessons.

Participants will also use Smarter Balanced Assessment documents and items to help guide the development of the curriculum. Participants will work in grade-level teams to further focus their work. Participation is by application.

Registration for this course will close on May 28, 2013. Registrations processed after the close date of the course will be charged an additional $25 late registration fee.

You can access the course syllabus by clicking on the following link and searching for the course title Course Syllabus

All assignments are due by 11/15/13; grades posted 12/20/13.

Instructors: Ann Craig, Kathy Learn, Nicole Peterson
Session No.: 5798
Dates: 6/10/2013, 6/11/2013, 6/12/2013, 6/13/2013, 6/14/2013, 9/25/2013, 9/27/2013, 10/14/2013, 10/15/2013
Time: 8:30-3:30; 1 hour lunch on your own
Location: June dates to be held at Central Clinton High School, DeWitt; remaining dates at the Mississippi Bend AEA, Bettendorf

$180 for 1 Drake graduate credit
$350 for 2 Drake graduate credits
$520 for 3 Drake graduate credits
$110 for 1 Relicensure credit
$210 for 2 Relicensure credits
$310 for 3 Relicensure credits
$10 for audit/no credit
The time commitment and work are the same for one, two, or three credits.


For more information, contact Betsy Justis at 1-563-344-6481, 1-800-947-2329 extension 6481, or email .

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