Teachers and administrators who ask, “What are other districts doing?” can reference this site for valuable information. The site features both 1) collective work done by participating districts such as surveys of scope and sequence, and 2) individual district contributions.

To contribute exemplary curriculum, assessment, and instructional procedures, practices, programs, policies, and projects being in use in your district that you are willing to share with other educators, please send an e-mail with the appropriate attachments to Duane Udstuen, Applying Research to Practice Consultant at dhudstuen@district287.org

Thanks in advance for sharing your resources with other educators.  GRO is hopeful that you will find the Teaching and Learning Leadership Share Site a value resource as you continue to provide leadership within your district.

To contribute exemplary curriculum, assessment, and instructional procedures, practices, programs, policies, and projects being in use in your district that you are willing to share with other educators, please send an e-mail with the appropriate attachments to Duane Udstuen, Applying Research to Practice Consultant at dhudstuen@district287.org

2009-2010

English
Enriched English Writing Prompts

Gifted Education
Philosophy of Relationships’ Between Response to Intervention and Gifted Education

Submitted by: Friday Forum Gifted Education Educators

System LOOK_FORS for Productive Relationships Between Response to Intervention Models and Gifted Education Services
Submitted by:  Friday Forum Gifted Education Educators

Gifted Programs in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area

Math
Elementary Math RtI Protcol

Science
Science Alignment and Testing

Submitted by: Cari Jo Kittmeyer, Osseo Area Schools, Coordinator: Research, Evaluation & Assessment, kiffmeyerc@district279.org

Cari Jo Kiffmeyer of Osseo Schools made a presentation to the Teaching and Learning Advisory Group of Intermediate District 287 on Friday, January 15, 2010, to clarify Foss kit alignment with new Minnesota science standards. Click for the PowerPoint presentation.

Files from PowerPoint presentation:

 

2008-2009

Gifted Education
Gifted Magnet or School-Within-A-School Programs in the Minneapolis/St. Paul MN Metro Area (2008-2009)

Math
Math Sequence Chart (2008-2009)
Composite
Wayzata
Orono
Robbinsdale
Minnetonka
Westonka
Eden Prairie
Hopkins
BPS 

Metro Math Leaders’ Network Instructional Materials and Intervention Chart (2008-2009)

Metro Math Leaders’ Network District Charts (2008-2009)

Math Intervention Notes (2008-2009)

Math Intervention Inventory Chart

Professional Development Practices
Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro School Districts Early Release/Late Start Information

 

2006-2007

Health
Elementary Health Curriculum Survey

 

2005-2006

Math, Science, and Social Studies
Member District Math, Science, and Social Studies Sequence

Using CLEP for High School Credit

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Regional Task Force Report and Resources

Background

An ad hoc group of representatives from Twin Cities metro area school districts began meeting in November 2006 to discuss an expanded role for the use of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. CLEP is based on the premise that some individuals enrolling in college have already
learned part of what is taught in college courses through various avenues, including independent reading and study. CLEP provides an opportunity to demonstrate college level learning by taking exams that assess the knowledge and skills taught in college courses.

Sample Policy for Using CLEP as the Preferred Way to Test Out

CLEP tests are currently offered to high school students in Minnesota. The Task Force developed sample policy that can be used as a starting point for districts wishing to promote CLEP tests not only as a way for high school students to gain college credit but as a way for students to gain high school credit as well. This policy may be considered in addition to a district’s current credit-by-assessment policies.

Alignment to Minnesota High School Standards

In addition to developing sample policy, the Task Force reviewed individual CLEP exams and designed a template to demonstrate alignment of the exams with the Minnesota Academic Standards. Sample alignments were created for the 10 most-requested exams for Minnesota High School students:

  1. American Literature
  2. Analyzing and Interpreting American Literature
  3. Biology
  4. College Algebra
  5. College Math
  6. English Composition with Essay
  7. English Literature
  8. History of the United States I
  9. Pre-Calculus, and
  10. Western Civilization I

The template also acts as a key to the alignment charts.

  • You’ll see that each chart starts with the CLEP test specifications published annually by the College Board.
  • Alignment to the Minnesota Standards is shown by including the standards and benchmarks related to the test specification. If only part of a standard is covered, then the part not covered has a strike-through.
  • Important notes included in the far right hand column provide additional information. For instance, notations are made when a CLEP assessment might be used for a portion of the credit assessment. In these cases, an additional test or performance assessment could be used by a district to assure all aspects of the Minnesota standards related to a course were assessed.

It is understood that this alignment can show the connection to the Minnesota High Schools Standards, but that another step is needed to determine if the CLEP assessment can meet an individual course requirement at a high school. That second step, or second level of alignment,
will take into account where standards have been placed within individual courses at that school.

Click on the links below to find:

  • 10 sample alignment charts for the most-taken tests
  • a sample template for districts wanting to add to the group of 10 and align CLEP test specifications to Minnesota standards
  • a sample policy for districts wishing to use CLEP tests as the preferred method of credit by assessment

CLEP Template 6-10-08
Credit for Learning Info May-07
Edina Credit by Assessment
Edina Credit Info
Robbinsdale Credit Nov-05
Sample CLEP Policy 6-10-08
Using CLEP for HS Credit 6-10-08
Westonka Credit Options

CLEP Alignment Charts

CLEP American Literature 2
CLEP Analying America Literature 2
CLEP Biology 2
CLEP College Algebra alignREV
CLEP College Mathematics 2
CLEP English Composition with Essay
CLEP English Lit 2
CLEP History of the US I_2
CLEP Precalcalign REV_2
CLEP Westen Civ I_2

Funding Change

In the final enacted 2009 K-12 Education Omnibus Bill, appropriations for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examination fees for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 were not included (Minnesota Statute § 120B.131).

High school students may continue to take advantage of the opportunity to earn college-level credit through CLEP exams; however, they will now need to pay the $72 CLEP examination fees in addition to the college campus test administration fees ($15-$25).

Click for the Frequently Asked Questions about the College-Level Examination Program

Regional Task Force

The group of individuals who designed these documents and completed the alignments included both content specialists and curriculum generalists. We thank:

  • Deb Polchow, Anoka-Hennepin Math Specialist
  • Randy Smosel, Anoka-Hennepin Science Specialist
  • Cheri Cooke, Stillwater Language Arts Specialist
  • Steve Urbanski, Robbinsdale Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Jo Tate, Stillwater Gifted Education Coordinator
  • Nancy Dubois, Anoka-Hennepin Gifted Education Coordinator
  • Dr. BIll Keilty, Spring Lake Park Gifted Education Coordinator
  • Dr. Jon Voss, Intermediate District 287 Academic Programs Supervisor
  • Dr. Jane Holmberg, Intermediate District 287 Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Dr. Jessica Wiley, Northeast Metro 916 Director of Educational Services

In addition special thanks goes to Angie Judd, Minnesota Department of Education, for her support and perspective.

Further Information

Questions about the sample policy and alignment documents or the work of the task force should be directed to:

Dr. Jane Holmberg
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
Intermediate District 287
763.550.7152
jcholmberg@district287.org

Dr. Jessica Wiley
Director of Educational Services
Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District
651.415.5609
Jessica.wiley@nemetro.k12.mn.us

Conducting a Comprehensive Needs Assessment
www.centerforcsri.org/files/TheCenter_NL_Jun09.pdf

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/dddm_pg_092909.pdf

Designing Effective School Improvement Strategies
www.centerforcsri.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=675&Itemid=5#guide

University of Northern Iowa Curriculum Review Process Information Handbook
www.uni.edu/vpaa/ucc/UCC_handbook.pdf

Anamosa Community School District Curriculum Review Process
www.anamosa.k12.ia.us/pages/uploaded_files/CurriculumReviewProcess1-2.pdf

National Academy for Academic Leadership Curriculum Review
www.thenationalacademy.org/readings/curriculum.html

Curriculum Review and Curriculum Planning
http://muncysd.schoolwires.com/5529_75122811168/lib/5529_75122811168/
CURRICULUM_REVIEW_AND_CURRICULUM_PLANNING.doc

Holliston Public Schools Curriculum Review Guide
www.holliston.k12.ma.us/curriculum/crguide.pdf

School Review Process Guide
http://centerforcsri.org/files/SchoolReviewProcessGuide.pdf

 

  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

The Common Core Standards: Starting Now
http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec12/vol70/num04/The-Common-Core-Standards@-Starting-Now.aspx

What is the research evidence on writing?
https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/DFE-RR238.pdf

English Language Arts Videos for Teaching
https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?categories=topics_common-core
Teaching Channel is a video showcase — on the Internet and TV — of innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.

WHAT WORKS FOR FEMALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2012_08_20_WW_FemaleChildrenAdolescents.pd
f?utm_source=Gender+Differences+in+What+Works+for+Boys+and+Girls&utm_campaign=
WW+Gender+Differences&utm_medium=archive

WHAT WORKS FOR MALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2012_08_20_WW_MaleChildrenAdolescents.pd
f?utm_source=Gender+Differences+in+What+Works+for+Boys+and+Girls&utm_campaign=
WW+Gender+Differences&utm_medium=archive

National Reading Panel
www.nationalreadingpanel.org

International Reading Association:
www.reading.org/resources/issues/focus_adolescent.html

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
www.ncrel.org

Florida Center for Reading Research
www.fcrr.org

Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/20074011.pdf

Improving Adolescent Literacy:  Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/adlit_pg_082608.pdf

The Literacy Project
www.google.com/literacy

Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse
www.literacycoachingonline.org

Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/rti_reading_pg_021809.pdf

IRA Position Paper on Adolescent Reading
www.reading.org/resources/issues/positions_adolescent.html

Writing Next:  Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools
www.all4ed.org

Free Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies
free.ed.gov

Choice Literacy
www.choiceliteracy.com

Flexible Grouping: When, How, and Why
http://www.choiceliteracy.com/public/107.cfm

Flexible Grouping
http://daretodifferentiate.wikispaces.com/Flexible+Grouping

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing
www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/922#/One

Reading/Literacy Resources for Present and Future Teachers
http://www.suu.edu/faculty/lundd/readingsite/readingresources/

After School Curriculum Choice:  Literacy Resources
http://www.sedl.org/afterschool/guide/literacy/

Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/rti_reading_pg_021809.pdf

Effective Programs for Struggling Readers: A Best-Evidence Synthesis
www.bestevidence.org/word/strug_read_June_22_2009.pdf

Opinion: Is Algebra Necessary?
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/opinion/sunday/
is-algebra-necessary.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all&

A Double Dose of Algebra
http://educationnext.org/a-double-dose-of-algebra/

Traditional teaching methods still dominant in math classrooms
http://www.bera.ac.uk/news/traditional-teaching-methods-still-dominant-maths-classrooms

Motivation, Not IQ, Matters Most for Learning New Math Skills
http://healthland.time.com/2012/12/26/
motivation-not-iq-matters-most-for-learning-new-math-skills/

Math Science Videos for Teaching
https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?categories=topics_common-core
Teaching Channel is a video showcase — on the Internet and TV — of innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.

WHAT WORKS FOR FEMALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2012_08_20_WW_FemaleChildrenAdolescents.pd
f?utm_source=Gender+Differences+in+What+Works+for+Boys+and+Girls&utm_campaign=
WW+Gender+Differences&utm_medium=archive

WHAT WORKS FOR MALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2012_08_20_WW_MaleChildrenAdolescents.pdf
?utm_source=Gender+Differences+in+What+Works+for+Boys+and+Girls&utm_campaign=
WW+Gender+Differences&utm_medium=archive

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
www.ncrel.org

Free Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies
free.ed.gov

Activities Integrating Mathematics and Science
www.aimsedu.org

Math Archives
archives.math.utk.edu/k12.html

Mathematics Benchmarks, K-12
http://www.utdanacenter.org/k12mathbenchmarks/

Developing Effective Fractions Instruction for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/fractions_pg_093010.pdf

Effective Programs in Middle and High School Mathematics: A Best-Evidence Synthesis
www.bestevidence.org/word/mhs_math_Oct_21_2008.pdf

Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools
ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/rti_math_pg_042109.pdf

The Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/mathed/

Mathematics Education Resources on the Internet
www.istl.org/03-summer/internet.html

After School Curriculum Choice:   Mathematics Resources
www.sedl.org/afterschool/guide/math/

Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics:
Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/rti_math_pg_042109.pdf

Math Science Videos for Teaching
https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?categories=topics_common-core
Teaching Channel is a video showcase — on the Internet and TV — of innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.

WHAT WORKS FOR FEMALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2012_08_20_WW_FemaleChildrenAdolescents.pdf
?utm_source=Gender+Differences+in+What+Works+for+Boys+and+Girls&utm_campaign=
WW+Gender+Differences&utm_medium=archive

WHAT WORKS FOR MALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2012_08_20_WW_MaleChildrenAdolescents.pdf
?utm_source=Gender+Differences+in+What+Works+for+Boys+and+Girls&utm_campaign=
WW+Gender+Differences&utm_medium=archive

National Science Education Standards
books.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
www.ncrel.org

Free Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies
free.ed.gov

Activities Integrating Mathematics and Science
www.aimsedu.org

Science Education Resources
www.eskimo.com/~billb/edu.html

BrainU
www.brainu.org

Jefferson Lab Science Resources for Teachers
www.education-world.com/science/

After School Curriculum Choice:  Science Resources
www.sedl.org/afterschool/guide/science/

History/Social Sciences Videos Teaching
https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?categories=topics_common-core
Teaching Channel is a video showcase — on the Internet and TV — of innovative and effective teaching practices in America’s schools.

WHAT WORKS FOR FEMALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2012_08_20_WW_FemaleChildrenAdolescents.pdf
?utm_source=Gender+Differences+in+What+Works+for+Boys+and+Girls&utm_campaign=
WW+Gender+Differences&utm_medium=archive

WHAT WORKS FOR MALE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions
http://www.childtrends.org/files/Child_Trends-2012_08_20_WW_MaleChildrenAdolescents.pdf
?utm_source=Gender+Differences+in+What+Works+for+Boys+and+Girls&utm_campaign=
WW+Gender+Differences&utm_medium=archive

National Council for Social Studies Standards
www.education-world.com/standards/national/soc_sci/index.shtml

National Council for the Social Studies
www.ncss.org

Free Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies
free.ed.gov

Social Studies Awesome Library
www.awesomelibrary.org/Classroom/Social_Studies/Social_Studies.html

Social Studies Lesson Plans and Resources
www.csun.edu/~hcedu013

Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
www.socialstudies.org/standards/

Picturing America
http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/

 

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