Teaching & Learning and Curricular Frameworks

Teaching and Learning

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What does it mean to be standards based in practice?*
T&L Cycle 

Standards-based education in Colorado is defined as an ongoing teaching/learning cycle that ensures all students learn and master Colorado’s Academic Standards and associated concepts and skills.

In this continuous process of teaching/learning, student achievement is frequently measured through a variety of formats and assessment practices, and students are provided multiple opportunities to learn until they reach mastery. Regardless of content area, course, level, or revisions in standards, this teaching and learning cycle remains constant.

Being standards based means that every teacher, in every classroom, every day, through this continuous teaching/learning cycle, ensures students learn all standards and associated concepts and skills to mastery.

In its simplest terms, a standards-based teaching/learning cycle continually answers four critical questions, adapted from Dufour & Eaker (1998, 2002, 2006):

  1. What do students need to know, understand, and be able to do?
  2. How do we teach effectively to ensure all students are learning?
  3. How do we know students are learning?
  4. What do we do when students are not learning or are reaching mastery before expectation?

*From The Standards-Based Teaching/Learning Cycle from CDE

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 DCSD Content Area Websites

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Reading, Writing, and Communicating
Social Studies
Visual Arts 
Drama and Theatre
Comprehensive Health
Physical Education
World Languages
Computer Science
Technology and Tech Integration 
 Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

DCSD Curricular Framework Overviews

DCSD Curricular Frameworks 

Complete programming that comprehensively supports the content goals of a class over large pieces of instructional time (e.g., semesters, years). Curriculum includes all necessary components for instruction and assessment. Includes what is written (standards), taught, and assessed. It also includes a planned sequence of instruction.

Curricular Information
-Curriculum Glossary of Terms
-Colorado Academic Standards Online Tool
-Colorado Academic Standards PDFs

Framework Completion Levels
-Level 1 - Not started (not linked) 
-Level 2 - Partially Completed - gaps have been identified and changes are still being made 
-Level 3 - Completed up to Aligned Resources for Curriculum 
-Level 4 - Completed up to Aligned Instructional Resources (Note: Aligned Instructional Resources will be added during the 2020/2021 School year in conjunction with the development of the DCSD Instructional Framework) 
-Level 5 - Complete and vetted (Year)

Please Visit the DCSD Content Google Sites above for more specific information about each content & level frameworks.

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