Understanding by Design Staff development Bill Olmstead July 2003
Research shows that reforms don’t work if staff does not buy into the program
DUH!
Reforms are most effective when: <ul><li>Staff is well informed about the options, </li></ul><ul><li>make a free choice ab...
So, what do we do about the District’s mandate that we study Understanding by Design?
Whatever we do, <ul><li>Must be meaningful, </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot require an inordinate amount of your time, and </li><...
I propose: <ul><li>Everyone reads chapters 1 & 2, </li></ul><ul><li>the 8 core teams, the electives team, and the administ...
DO NOT get too fancy.  Focus on communication, not salesmanship.
Bring back one idea for another book or program that we should study as we look at increasing student achievement.
I encourage you to read the entire book.  It is well worth your time and may improve your instruction.
Besides, how will you know whether we should make a building commitment to this approach if you haven’t read it all?
Have fun!
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Introducing school staff to district mandated use of Understanding by Design curriculum design framework.

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  1. 1. Understanding by Design Staff development Bill Olmstead July 2003
  2. 2. Research shows that reforms don’t work if staff does not buy into the program
  3. 3. DUH!
  4. 4. Reforms are most effective when: <ul><li>Staff is well informed about the options, </li></ul><ul><li>make a free choice about the program chosen, and </li></ul><ul><li>reach a broad consensus. </li></ul>
  5. 5. So, what do we do about the District’s mandate that we study Understanding by Design?
  6. 6. Whatever we do, <ul><li>Must be meaningful, </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot require an inordinate amount of your time, and </li></ul><ul><li>Should start us on the path to consensus. </li></ul>
  7. 7. I propose: <ul><li>Everyone reads chapters 1 & 2, </li></ul><ul><li>the 8 core teams, the electives team, and the administration team each read one additional chapter, and </li></ul><ul><li>teams meet to discuss their chapter and decide how to present the information to the whole school tomorrow. </li></ul>
  8. 8. DO NOT get too fancy. Focus on communication, not salesmanship.
  9. 9. Bring back one idea for another book or program that we should study as we look at increasing student achievement.
  10. 10. I encourage you to read the entire book. It is well worth your time and may improve your instruction.
  11. 11. Besides, how will you know whether we should make a building commitment to this approach if you haven’t read it all?
  12. 12. Have fun!
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