Rigorous Curriculum Design by Larry Ainsworth
How to Create Curricular Units of Study that Align Standards, Instruction, and Assessment

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One of the pillars of the educational reform movement is curriculum. The curriculum needs to meet two goals: (1) Students need the breadth and depth of content knowledge not just facts for tests (2) But students also need to be taught what they need to know to pass high-stakes tests. Rigorous Curriculum Design is straightforward, sequential and explicit in presenting a step-by-step process educators/curriculum designers can follow to create units of study in any grade, course or content area that answers both these goals.
 

About Larry Ainsworth

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Larry Ainsworth is the Executive Director of Professional Development at The Leadership and Learning Center in Englewood, Colorado. He travels nationally and internationally to assist school systems in implementing best practices related to standards, assessment, and accountability across all grades and content areas. He is the author or coauthor of ten published books, including Rigorous Curriculum Design, Unwrapping the Standards, Power Standards, Common Formative Assessments, Student Generated Rubrics, and Five Easy Steps to a Balanced Math Program, including three 2006 editions, one each for the primary, upper elementary, and secondary grade spans. His chapter Common Formative Assessments: The Centerpiece of an Integrated Standards-Based Assessment System appears in the 2007 assessment anthology Ahead of the Curve: The Power of Assessment to Transform Teaching and Learning, edited by Douglas B. Reeves. Larry regularly works on site in school systems to assist leaders and educators in understanding and implementing standards-based practices: prioritizing and unwrapping the standards, developing common formative assessments, designing authentic performance tasks, and creating rigorous curricular units of study in all content areas, pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
 
Published April 16, 2011 by Lead + Learn Press. 360 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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