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SED 455 - Secondary Curriculum Development & Assessment


The major emphasis in this class is designing a 10 day curriculum unit in your content area using actual state standards.  The cornerstone is designing a model curriculum using the Backward Design.  Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe provide a way to move from covering the curriculum to designing curriculum with student understanding.

Stage 1

Locate your state standards

1.    List standard then unpack your standards

2.    Determine essential questions

3.    Determine what the students will know (measurable objectives)

4.    Determine what students will be able to do.

Stage 2

Based upon your objectives determine acceptable evidence

1.    Performance Tasks and projects

2.    Informal Checks/observations

3.    Quizzes and tests

4.    Homework

5.    Self-Assessment

Assessments are a part of the learning process and should occur throughout the sequence not just at the end.


Stage 3

Once the curriculum is complete plan the learning experiences

1.    Project based/student centered learning

2.    Collaboration

3.    Communication

4.    Programs and online resources

5.    Differentiation tool

This is the WHERETO statements



Teaching is a means to an end.  Having a clear goal helps us to focus our planning and guide purposeful action toward the intended results.


SED 455 Syllabi with Explanations

College Life

GCU Student Success Center


Quick Jump to Pedagogic Modules


Developmentally Appropriate Learning

Design & Teach a Course

InTASC Standards Summarized

Time for Reflection

Classroom Response Systems

Direct Measurement Videos






Research-Based Curriculum Tools



What is Curriculum?

Nuts and Bolts of Curriculum

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Who Creates the Curriculum?

Curriculum Mapping

Overview of Curriculum Development

Connecticut Curriculum Development

Curriculum Development Practice

Components of the Curriculum

Developing Curriculum Leadership & Design




Foundations, Approach & Theory

The Foundations of Curriculum

Curriculum Approaches presentation

Curriculum Approaches

Curriculum Theory

Curriculum Theory and Practice

Curriculum Theory and History

Post Modern Curriculum

Center for Dewey Studies


Curriculum Structures

AP and IB Structures

Block Scheduling

Technology Magnet School

What are Magnet Schools

Career & Technical Education Centers




Curriculum Planning

Aims, Goals and Objectives

More Aims, Goals and Objectives (AGO)

Backward Design Summary

Backwards Planning Model

Backward Design Curriculum

Differences Between Curriculum & Lesson Plans

Planning Resources

6 Facets of Understanding


Transfer Demand

Transfer as the point of education

Transfer Demand Rubric


Implementing & Evaluating Curriculum

Components of Curriculum Implementation

An Implementation Plan

Evaluating Curriculum

Evaluate Alignment of Instruction and Assessment


Evaluating Teachers

Evaluating Teachers

Don’t Become a Teacher

Government Mandates an Acceptable Teacher Evaluation System

Arizona Educator/Principal Evaluation

Arizona School Report Cards

Elementary & Secondary Education Act


Curriculum Units & Materials



Selecting Textbooks

Align Teaching Materials

Choosing Instructional Materials Blindly

California Curriculum & Materials


Essential Questions

Six Types of Socratic Questions

Higher Order Questioning

Using a Q-Chart to Create Questions

WHERETO Statements


Parents & Classroom Management

Parents Opt Out of Curriculum

Deal with Angry Parents



Curriculum Unit Plans

Unit Planning & Backward Design

Planning a Class with Backward Design

Course Descriptions

Curricular Connections

What is Curricular Integration

Interdisciplinary Learning

Design Interdisciplinary Curriculum Units

How to get started making Curriculum Units

Orange County Curriculum Units


Problem Focused Curriculum

Multiage Curriculum

Multicultural Education

Online Curriculum Resources

Understanding Based Curriculum

Differential Curriculum

Bridging the Generation Gap



Lesson Planning – Once you finished your unit plan you can now make your daily lesson plans.    The below resources will help you align your standards, objectives and assessments.


Unit Plan vs Lesson Plan

Lesson Plans & Unit Plans



Align Standards, Objectives, Activities and Assessments –

Align Assessments with Objectives

How to Align your Assessments to your Objectives

How to write an assessment based on the objective


Measurable Objectives – Think of the learning objectives as a set of skills, knowledge, or abilities that your students will be able to master at the end of the lesson. Then consider the assessment as a way for the student to prove they are capable of that mastery.


Unpacking the Standards

More on Unpacking the Standards

Learn to Read your Standards


Measurable Objective - Youtube

ABCD Measurable Objective

Developing Measurable Objectives

Objectives Start with the Assessment

Writing Learning Objectives with the End in Mind


6 Facets of Understanding Verbs

6 Facets of Understanding per content area

Bloom’s verbs

Bloom’s Verbs Expanded

Bloom’s Taxonomy Interpreted for Mathematics

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy

Thoughts on Problem Solving


Varied Assessments – Test is not a four letter word, doesn’t take time from learning, not bean-counting tactic or makes you teach to the test!  Tests are learning experiences by themselves and must be integrated within learning activities. In short, assessment IS a form of teaching & learning. 


Please see my Assessments Webpage

Bloom’s Taxonomy Keywords

Formative and Summative Assessments



Differentiated Instruction for All Students – This will help vary your instruction to make learning fun for all of the students.


Planning for and Managing Differentiation

Check out the resources for SED 444

See Cindy’s Teacher’s Pipeline

See Cindy’s Instructional Strategies Webpage



Data Collections

Methods for Collecting Data

Why Teachers must be Data Experts

Ideas to help Teachers Collect Data

Using Data to Understand your Students

Using Data to Provide Feedback

How to Use Data Effectively

Search for School Data


  Thank you for a wonderful journey! Your self-learning starts from here!  "It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." --Ursula K. LeGuin



Updated 7/26/2018

Email Address:         Cindy.Barnes@my.gcu.edu
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Postal Address:         Grand Canyon University