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Curriculum update

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