NAFNext2014
Making a NAF Course Your Own
Peter Weinstein
Pearson Foundation
Welcome
Who’s with us today?
Let’s do a “Think, Pair, Share”
1. Complete the Curriculum Needs Survey
individually
2. Discuss your answers with a tablem...
Each NAF course is provided as
“one size fits most”
Challenges
• Not a perfect fit for any
class/academy/state
• Fitting e...
For success, focus on the Key
Learning Objectives
• Of the 50 - 60 learning objectives covered
in every course, 16 have be...
Where Can You Find the 16 Key
Learning Objectives and CPAC?
Appendix F of the Student Certification
Assessment Guide for e...
Where are the NAF courses
and associated SCAS Guides?
10
Why Educators Modify the
NAF Curriculum
 To increase relevance for students
 To target the needs, skill levels, and know...
Ways to Strengthen Relevance
 Replace examples with ones that your students will
relate to: a local business, a current e...
Targeting Student Skill and
Knowledge Levels
Edit student readings and notetaking
sheets
Edit PPT presentations (and use...
 Add vocabulary activities. See the NAF Learning
Handbook (download from the NAF Curriculum
Library)
Targeting Student Sk...
 Customize for English Language Learners using your
preferred strategies
 Use the Enrichment extensions provided in each...
Targeting Student Skill and
Knowledge Levels
 Use activities from other courses/academy themes
Example: Principles of IT...
Complying with
District & State Needs
Consult with NAF’s Instructional managers:
Laura Fidler: Northeast Region
Brooke ...
Complying with
District & State Needs
 Substitute activities preferred by your team or district
to deliver content
 For ...
Technology can help improve usability
Going Paperless with
Resources and Assignments
• Load resources on to your district’s LMS
• Distribute student resources a...
Planning & Staying Organized
 Highlight the 16 essential learning objectives on your
Scope and Sequence
 Use your Semest...
How would you modify this lesson to
make it more:
• relevant for your students?
• targeted to your students’ skill &
knowl...
Thank You!
What Questions
Do You Have?
Making a NAF Course Your Own
Making a NAF Course Your Own
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The courses developed by NAF are provided as “one size fits most” since they are used in dozens of states across the country. This session explores various approaches for customizing NAF courses to meet particular district, school site and student needs without missing the key learning objectives. Learn strategies for using NAF curriculum with online tools to minimize the need for paper and photocopying. Please note: this seminar does not apply to AOE.

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    1. 1. NAFNext2014
    2. 2. Making a NAF Course Your Own Peter Weinstein Pearson Foundation
    3. 3. Welcome Who’s with us today?
    4. 4. Let’s do a “Think, Pair, Share” 1. Complete the Curriculum Needs Survey individually 2. Discuss your answers with a tablemate or two 3. Share key findings with the whole room
    5. 5. Each NAF course is provided as “one size fits most” Challenges • Not a perfect fit for any class/academy/state • Fitting everything in one semester • Finding time to make teacher/academy modifications Benefits • It’s free! • Complete standalone package • Customizable • Can be used paper-based or electronic • Updated every year
    6. 6. For success, focus on the Key Learning Objectives • Of the 50 - 60 learning objectives covered in every course, 16 have been identified as “key” • The SCAS EOC evaluates proficiency based on these 16 learning objectives. The CPAC also has its own small set of LOs. • As you make course modifications, keep these in mind
    7. 7. Where Can You Find the 16 Key Learning Objectives and CPAC? Appendix F of the Student Certification Assessment Guide for each course
    8. 8. Where are the NAF courses and associated SCAS Guides? 10
    9. 9. Why Educators Modify the NAF Curriculum  To increase relevance for students  To target the needs, skill levels, and knowledge levels of students  To comply with local or regional mandates  To improve usability with available technology  To adjust it to their teaching style
    10. 10. Ways to Strengthen Relevance  Replace examples with ones that your students will relate to: a local business, a current event in the news  Bring in guest speakers help students see why it’s important in the real world  Use project advisors/supporters to help students build relationships and learn to network
    11. 11. Targeting Student Skill and Knowledge Levels Edit student readings and notetaking sheets Edit PPT presentations (and use the associated teacher resource to make your own lecture notes)
    12. 12.  Add vocabulary activities. See the NAF Learning Handbook (download from the NAF Curriculum Library) Targeting Student Skill and Knowledge Levels
    13. 13.  Customize for English Language Learners using your preferred strategies  Use the Enrichment extensions provided in each lesson (some are advanced and some are remedial) Targeting Student Skill and Knowledge Levels
    14. 14. Targeting Student Skill and Knowledge Levels  Use activities from other courses/academy themes Example: Principles of IT has lessons on word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet applications Example: Hospitality Marketing has lessons on marketing basics that apply across any product Example: Ethics in Business has lessons that apply across themes
    15. 15. Complying with District & State Needs Consult with NAF’s Instructional managers: Laura Fidler: Northeast Region Brooke Rice: Southeast Region Kevin English: West Region Andy Rothstein: All Regions  Crosswalk your course to your state career education framework or standards
    16. 16. Complying with District & State Needs  Substitute activities preferred by your team or district to deliver content  For Linked-Learning cohorts: use the Cross-Curricular Integration section at end of each lesson plan
    17. 17. Technology can help improve usability
    18. 18. Going Paperless with Resources and Assignments • Load resources on to your district’s LMS • Distribute student resources and collect assignments on your school network • Create a secure online space for your class using shared folders with Google Drive or DropBox • Sign up for an online “LMS” using a service such as Edmodo, Moodle, Schoology, or Haiku Learning
    19. 19. Planning & Staying Organized  Highlight the 16 essential learning objectives on your Scope and Sequence  Use your Semester Planning Table to note where and how you modified lessons, whether it worked, and what you want to try next
    20. 20. How would you modify this lesson to make it more: • relevant for your students? • targeted to your students’ skill & knowledge levels? • compliant with district or state mandates? • synergistic with your teaching style? Let’s Practice
    21. 21. Thank You! What Questions Do You Have?

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