Developing Curriculum Models for Student Understanding

Focus on the characteristics of standards-based units of instruction and use of a template for instructional planning. Participants build on their knowledge from the Measuring Student Understanding Using Performance Tasks workshop to gain an understanding of how to design curriculum and instructional units that explicitly build student understanding. Participants explore the criteria for Common Core-aligned instructional units, begin using an instructional planning template to plan a unit, and embed instructional strategies that develop student academic behaviors.


By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Align standards with performance tasks and a learning pathway.
  • Understand the role of interim and culminating performance tasks in a unit of instruction.
  • Identify learning supports within the instructional unit.
  • Use language objectives.
  • Unpack standards to identify concepts and skills.  

Developing Curriculum Models for Student Understanding: K-5 Math