Curriculum 21 is the outgrowth of the work of a dynamic group of educators worldwide attempting to help colleagues transform curriculum and school designs to match the needs of 21st century learners. The impetus originated from the Curriculum Mapping work developed by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs. As we examined maps emerging across the United States and overseas it was evident that curriculum and instruction remains dated although both students and teachers recognize the need to become current and forward thinking in our planning. Concrete and practical models for updating your school programs appear in her upcoming book, Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World, (ASCD), which was released in January, 2010.
Curriculum 21 is a division of Curriculum Designers whose goal is to provide a full range of resources and services to all educators and schools involved in the journey of Curriculum Mapping. Although the process of facilitating Curriculum Mapping as a curriculum tool began several years earlier, Curriculum Designers, Inc. was officially created in 1997 by its founder and president, Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs.
We know that Distance Learning works because we live it every day. We are a 100% virtual company. As mapping has spread across the nation, so has Curriculum Designers. Our General Manager, Kathy Scoli, is based in New York and has been with Heidi since the very start. Our leadership team members are based throughout the country – Elyse Hunter in Cleveland, Earl Nicholas in Chicago, Ann Johnson in Des Moines, Bill Scheskey in Oconee, South Carolina, Stephen Wilmarth in Connecticut, Trevor Parscal in San Francisco, and Greg Lind in Portland, OR.
Heidi’s work in the area of curriculum integration and rigorous discipline based and interdisciplinary studies was the basis for Curriculum Designers first wave work. When Heidi introduced modern Curriculum Mapping with the publication of her second book, Mapping the Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment K-12, (ASCD, 1997), the field expanded. Software solutions emerged to support her model. Since that time she has traveled the world delivering keynotes, sponsoring regional workshops, and working directly with teachers on the mapping journey. Since that time, with her books on mapping and active literacy services from Curriculum Designers has expanded.
The focus of our annual National Curriculum Mapping Institute will be mapping into the future with Curriculum 21. We will feature many of the authors in the upcoming new ASCD book. The sixteenth annual institute, CMI 2010, will be held this summer from July 13 – 18, 2010 in Saratoga Springs, NY.
In addition to her own work, Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Ann Johnson, CDI Director of Professional Development, have developed a faculty of experienced national, international, and regional consultants. Many of these consultants have published books and actively appear at regional workshops. They are available to work with individual schools and school districts. Each consultant has in-the-field, on-the-job experience which has proven valuable in implementing projects. We list only outstanding educators. Jacobs and Johnson have a newly released ASCD book , The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates, Tools, and Resources for Effective Professional Development.
The newest project for Curriculum Designers is curriculum21™, a model developed by Dr. Jacobs to significantly update dated curriculum and instruction with contemporary and forward looking learning experiences.