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Important Message:

March 31, 2014

Welcome to the website of the Standards and Instructional Support (SIS) office! As part of our continuing efforts to provide Colorado educators with support tools for the implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS), we use this front page to highlight new additions to the website.

This month we are excited to announce the release of the latest standards implementation support tools to result from Colorado’s District Sample Curriculum Project: over 100 full instructional units based on the Colorado Academic Standards! To date, educators from 116 Colorado school districts have been involved in authoring and/or refining the samples created in Colorado’s District Sample Curriculum Project.

Instructional Unit Samples. For the past 6 months, the content specialists in the Standards and Instructional Support office have been working with educators across the state (Project Participation Map), to create instructional units based on the curriculum overview samples published last year. These teacher-authored units include learning experiences, teacher and student resources, assessment ideas, and differentiation options. One full instructional unit, based on a select unit overview sample has been written for each grade and content area of the Colorado Academic Standards (i.e., one unit in each grade k-12 for mathematics, reading, writing, and communicating, science, social studies, comprehensive health, visual arts, drama/theatre, dance, and music).

Each of the units posted here was authored by a team of Colorado educators. As examples, they are intended to provide support (or serve as conversation starting points) for teachers, schools, and districts as they make their own local decisions around the best instructional plans and practices for all students.

Instructional Unit Webinars. In early April, each of the content specialists in the office of Standards and Instructional Support will be hosting informational webinars on the unit development process and the unique components/aspects of the units in their content areas.

Interactive Environment (forthcoming). Posting the units on these webpages currently offers limited flexibility for districts to modify, augment, edit, etc. Our goal, however, is to create a much more interactive environment; a location where Colorado educators can collaboratively explore unit development. This environment will better enable educators to work together to generate ideas, offer expertise, and explore promising practices for ensuring that all students master the content and concepts of the Colorado Academic Standards.

Keep checking these webpages as we consider our options for increasing the supportive capacity of these standards-implementation resources!  Please share your thoughts regarding the instructional unit samples and advocate for other resources through this short survey.

As always, we strive to ensure that visitors find value in their (re)visits to this website; that its content will consistently represent relevant, usable, and timely information/materials. Please let us know how we are doing!

Brian Sevier
Director of Standards and Instructional Support

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