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Curriculum21 — What is Curriculum Mapping?

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What is Curriculum Mapping?

Curriculum Mapping is a procedure for collecting and maintaining a database of the operational curriculum in a school and/or district. It provides the basis for authentic examination of said database (Heidi Hayes Jacobs, 1997).  When curriculum mapping becomes a focused, systemic effort, it connects all aspects of the system.

This process supports the collaborative inquiry process by encouraging professional conversations in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Curriculum Mapping Professional Development Outcomes:

  • Aligning curriculum, assessment, and instruction to the Common Core Standards
  • Creating a curriculum to support 21st century teaching and learning
  • Connecting other school, state, and national initiatives
  • Aligning all instructional Curriculum Mapping components including Essential Questions, Big Ideas, Content, Skills, Assessments, Activities, and Resources