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An Educational Leader's Guide to Curriculum Mapping


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List of Figures Foreword by Heidi Hayes Jacobs Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors 1. What Shifts in Thinking Are Imperative for Collaborative Curriculum Mapping? Collaborative Curriculum Design Conclusion Review Questions 2. What Are Critical Considerations for Curriculum Mapping Leadership? Defining Leadership Administrative Leadership Considerations Establishing Vision, Mission, and Action Plans Conclusion Review Questions 3. What Should District Administrators Consider to Support Teacher Leadership? District Administrator Positions Districtwide Administrative Support Conclusion Review Questions 4. What Should Curriculum Directors Consider to Support Teacher Leadership? Curriculum Positions Curriculum Considerations Teachers as Learners Conclusion Review Questions 5. What Should Principals Consider to Support Teacher Leadership? Building Trust and Teacher Leadership Curriculum Responsibilities Not Just Making Maps - Using Maps Conclusion Review Questions 6. What Do Professional Development Administrative Maps Look Like? Professional Development Maps: Quality Map Writing Professional Development Map Month Samples Conclusion Review Questions 7. What Do Professional Roles Administrative Maps Look Like? Writing Professional Roles Administrative Maps Conclusion Review Questions Appendix A: What Are Considerations for Developing Systemic Unit Names? Appendix B: Officer Foundations of the United States Marine Corps: Leadership Traits and Leadership Principles References Index

About the Author

Janet Hale is an educational consultant and trainer who is passionate about supporting educators in making curriculum decisions that ensure, enhance, and enrich learning and teaching experiences. She works with schools, districts, and higher-ed programs in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She specializes in curriculum mapping; standards literacy and alignment; and documenting learning. Her Masters in educational leadership and curriculum development; elementary, secondary, and special education classroom experiences; and working alongside teachers and administrators for over 20 years enable Janet to provide unique insights that aid the learning organizations she has the pleasure of assisting. She has written an assortment of educational resources, including three titles for Corwin, and enjoys presenting at national and international conferences. Janet resides in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, Johnny, and their four-legged Schnauzer children. Visit Janet's consulting website: and documenting learning website: You can follow her on Twitter @janet_hale, as well as @doc4learning. She can be contacted via e-mail at or by phone at 520.241.8797. .


"A thoroughly detailed and insightful account of the leadership required for curriculum mapping success." -- Alice Learn, Assistant Superintendent
"This book elevates the importance of the curriculum mapping process. It guides readers to think about the planning and administrative support needed for this initiative to have a lasting impact on the improvement of education in a district or school." -- Christine Christine Correa, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
"My story begins, and still continues, with the learning that I have gleaned from reading Janet Hale's books and the firsthand coaching I've received from her. She has provided me with the direction and sequential steps necessary to launch curriculum mapping successfully. I would like to see every administrator with whom I am currently working read this book. It would strengthen the initiative and make my job as their shared curriculum coordinator more effective and productive." -- Jennifer Mahan-Deitte, School Improvement Specialist
"As secondary curriculum coordinator, I wish our curriculum council and building administrators would have conducted a study on this book before starting our journey. It gives steps for successfully implementing curriculum mapping. We would have avoided gaps of knowledge, miscommunication, and loss of time. For those districts needing to reorganize their strategies, like our district, this book provides the strategies to get it right." -- Allison Brown, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator
"This is a practitioner's guide to developing effective leadership in all stages of the mapping process. The authentic and time-tested strategies guide your district through successful mapping implementation and ultimately to a level of genuine sustainability in the mapping process." -- Bill Sheskey, Instructional Technology Specialist
"This book could save you precious time when implementing a curriculum mapping initiative! From theoretical information to practical advice for planning and sustaining systemic change, this book provides valuable tools for supporting your curriculum mapping work. It is ideal reading for study groups and individuals who want to deepen their understanding of curriculum mapping and the many factors that influence its success." -- Mary Helen Hart, Curriculum and Grants Coordinator
"Hale and Dunlap help educators navigate the complex system of curriculum mapping and provide extensive advice to school and district leadership teams. For district teams dedicated to creating a culture for systemic and collaborative curriculum mapping, this book is a valuable tool to propel principals, teachers, and district administrators into becoming adventuresome curriculum designers." -- Janet Yonts, District Title 1 Coordinator, The Lebanon Community School Corporation
"Janet Hale and Rick Dunlap lead the way in explaining to schools and districts how to sustain a curriculum mapping initiative. The pages are filled with diverse experiences and telling insights. The authentic stories, practical guidance, and systematic recommendations are invaluable to administrators and teachers leading others in the curriculum mapping process. This book brings clarity to a complex process." -- Ann Flagg, Curriculum Director
"This is a tremendous handbook for those focusing on curriculum work reform in their schools or districts. Highlights include insight about the systematic nature of curriculum mapping; a framework for empowering teachers as leaders; and providing a variety of tools to guide and support school leaders as they design, apply, and modify curriculum on an ongoing basis." -- Diane Scott, Director of Curriculum
"School leaders embarking on a curriculum mapping initiative should read and study this book before they move into the work. Curriculum mapping is multifaceted and systemic, thus requiring time, buy-in, collaboration, and thoughtful planning by school leaders. Hale and Dunlap guide leaders by providing sound advice, steps to follow, and anecdotes illustrating issues to be considered, offering examples for small and large districts that are beginning mapping or trying to reinvigorate or fix their current mapping efforts. I wish I had this book five years ago, as it would have saved me several headaches!" -- Janet Boyle, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

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