Department of Curriculum and Instruction

  • The vision of the Elizabeth Department of Curriculum and Instruction, as demonstrated by the ESD Instructional Roadmap is to establish a systemic, sustainable, and shared vision of instruction anchored in clearly defined best practices, curriculum aligned to needs identified through root cause analysis, and personalized instruction based on formative assessments of mastery. 


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    Guiding our work implementing the vision for instruction in Elizabeth School District are the District Instructional Design Framework, School Instructional Frameworks, Curriculum Maps, and Assessments of Learning. 

    1. The District Instructional Design Framework is anchored in the work of renowned educational researchers Lary Ainsworth (Rigorous Curriculum Design), Jan Chappuis (Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning), and Connie Moss and Susan Brookhart (Learning Targets). The District Instructional Design Framework provides clarity and guidance on how instructional staff collaborate to develop units of instruction. (Draft version coming January). 
    2. School Instructional Frameworks are developed by the instructional experts at each individual site to establish a shared understanding of the instructional pedagogy and strategies of focus at each individual site. School Instructional Frameworks are aligned to school improvement plans, are collaboratively developed, and focus on the following indicators: Collaboratively Developed, Standards Alignment, Assessment for Learning, Educational Environment, Differentiation, and Data-Based Needs. School Instructional Frameworks are embedded within the District Instructional Design Framework. (Draft versions coming January)
    3. Curriculum Maps are in the preliminary stages of development. Cohorts at each individual site are currently working with the district Unified Curriculum Classroom and Instruction (UCCI) platform to refine the formatting of curriculum maps, develop initial curriculum maps, and lead school staff in the eventual buildout of curriculum maps for all content areas. This process is a three-year, phased, development of Curriculum Maps. 

    Clarity of Language - It is important to ensure there is clarity and a common understanding of important aspects of this work. Specifically, the difference between "Standards" and "Curriculum." As the Colorado Department of Education outlines (Click for Standards vs Curriculum Outline):

    • Standards are broad learning goals articulating what students should know, understand, and be able to do over a given time. 
    • A curriculum is an organized plan of instruction comprised of a sequence of instructional units that engages students in mastering the standards. Resources such as instructional materials and textbooks are supports for the curriculum. 

    Colorado Academic Standards

    The Colorado Academic Standards are intended to be a reflection of instructional priorities valued by Coloradans and provide a road map to help ensure students are successful in college, careers, and life. However, it is the district's analysis of student educational needs as demonstrated in performance assessments, along with the interpretation of the academic standards that are outlined in district-generated curriculum maps that facilitate teaching through clearly defined units of instruction. 

    2020 Colorado Academic Standards Fact Sheet

    2020 Colorado Academic Standards Online Database

Colorado Academic Standards