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  • 1. NAF’s New Curriculum Announcing The Rollout of New Courses
  • 2. Six New Courses Now Available
    • AOF: Principles of Finance
    • Financial Services
    • AOHT: Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
    • Geography & World Cultures
    • AOIT: Principles of Information Technology
    • Digital Video and Digital Media
  • 3. NAF Academy Members Are Invited to Become Curriculum Fellows
    • Curriculum Fellows Obtain:
      • Stipends
      • Kinkos photocopying vouchers for curriculum materials
      • Attend a regional meeting with other Curriculum Fellows to provide feedback on the courses.
      • Have selected work featured in a new NAF Curriculum Book to be published by the Pearson Foundation
    • In return, Curriculum Fellows:
      • Use the new course material
      • Provide detailed feedback for improvements in the courses
      • Share exemplars of student applications.
      • Attend a region meeting and participate in several web conferences.
  • 4. How New Courses Will be Rolled Out
    • Both new and existing courses will be on the NEW NAF Curriculum Webpage .
    • Teachers have the choice of using the new material or existing material for 2007-08
  • 5. The New NAF Curriculum Webpage!
  • 6. New Curriculum Features
    • Content advice from NAF teachers, Advisory Board Members, & Industry Partners.
    • Linkages to national educational standards
    • Two projects per course.
    • Detailed unit plans with lessons, student resources, teacher resources, and student readings.
    • Scan Skills that encouraging teamwork and communication skills
  • 7. And That’s Not All
    • Integration of literacy strategies to improve student reading comprehension, vocabulary & writing.
    • Ideas for curriculum integration.
    • Extension activities.
    • Assessment tools.
    • Career options lessons.
  • 8. And More to Come
    • Revisions of the six new courses based on feedback from the NAF Curriculum Fellows
    • Nine new courses for piloting in 2008-09.
    • New interactive features on the NAF Curriculum Webpage.
  • 9. Academy Assumptions
    • Begin creating new courses by focusing on courses that NAF Academies need most.
    • Assume that every course sequence begins with a “principles” course, which serves as a foundation for further study.
    • Following principles course, each field of study has three “essential” courses which students take next.
    • Following these four initial courses, students take additional NAF courses.
  • 10. Course Assumptions
    • Courses designed to address key standards drawn from National standards
    • Courses designed to introduce key course themes while at the same time:
    • Courses to share general structure: Objectives, Springboard, Activity Sequence, Closure
    • Courses to be structured in a way that assumes 60 “class sessions” for instruction, 20 for project time (and 10 additional days)
    • Courses to be supported with Unit and Lesson Plans, and with Resource Materials for teachers and students, and reader-support for teachers.
  • 11. Five Characteristics of a NAF Graduate
    • College Ready
    • Career Oriented
    • Effective Communicator
    • Problem Solver
    • Engaged Learner
  • 12. Key Features of NAF Curriculum
    • At least two projects per course.
      • Plus one culminating demonstration of learning.
    • Inquiry-based instructional practices that promote rigor & relevance.
    • Evidence of student learning written, oral, visual, or technological form.
  • 13. Criteria for Driving Questions: Source: Mapping the Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum & Assessment K-12 (Heidi Hayes Jacobs. 1997, ASCD)
    • Driving questions are the essence of what you believe students should examine and know.
      • Are used as a curriculum planner.
      • Used as an activity organizer.
      • Are designed to promote rigor (ambiguity, complexity, provocativeness, emotion).
      • Can be developed by both teachers and students.