Standards

R.I. Offers Web-Based Curriculum Linked to Statewide Standards

By Jeff Archer — April 10, 2007 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Rhode Island teachers and others who want to know what good instruction looks like have a new resource: a Web-based archive of lesson plans, student work, and videos of effective teaching—all aligned with the state’s academic expectations for students.

Use of the materials isn’t mandated, even though they are billed as Rhode Island’s first statewide curriculum. Nor does the site include the “scope and sequence” typical of district curricula, which generally say what to cover and in what order.

Instead, the online tool is meant to offer ideas on how to take the state’s academic standards and turn them into classroom instruction, said Diane Schaefer, the director of instruction at the Rhode Island education department.

The Rhode Island education department is offering teachers lesson plans, video demonstrations, and examples of student work to promote the state curriculum. The online tool is organized by both grade level and subject area.

“It’s not a curriculum in the sense that it’s telling you what to do at this particular date and time, but it’s telling you how to think about the process of teaching and learning,” she said. “We didn’t want to say, ‘Take this and teach to it’; this is for a dialogue.”

The materials are organized by grade level, and they tell how they address specific state standards. One, for example, shows how 1st graders can learn to recount key points of a story in an exercise called the Retell Dance.

State education officials began work on the Web tool two years ago, after Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, a Republican, succeeded in pushing legislation calling for a voluntary state curriculum. High school students shot much of the accompanying video.

Now covering mathematics and English/language arts, the site soon will add science, civics, and history. Found at www.ride.ri.gov/instruction/curriculum, it is open to all, and includes ideas on how parents, business leaders, and community groups also can use the tool.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the April 11, 2007 edition of Education Week


Commenting has been disabled on edweek.org effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Webinar
6 Key Trends in Teaching and Learning
As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and a return to the classroom for many—we come better prepared, but questions remain. How will the last year impact teaching and learning this school
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Evaluating Equity to Drive District-Wide Action this School Year
Educational leaders are charged with ensuring all students receive equitable access to a high-quality education. Yet equity is more than an action. It is a lens through which we continuously review instructional practices and student
Content provided by BetterLesson
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Attendance Awareness Month: The Research Behind Effective Interventions
More than a year has passed since American schools were abruptly closed to halt the spread of COVID-19. Many children have been out of regular school for most, or even all, of that time. Some
Content provided by AllHere

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Standards Opinion How the Failure of the Common Core Looked From the Ground
Steve Peha shares insights from his on-site professional-development work about why the common core failed, in a guest letter to Rick Hess.
4 min read
Image shows a multi-tailed arrow hitting the bullseye of a target.
DigitalVision Vectors/Getty
Standards Opinion Common Core Is a Meal Kit, Not a Nothingburger
Caroline Damon argues Rick Hess and Tom Loveless sold the common core short, claiming the issue was a matter of high-quality implementation.
5 min read
Image shows a multi-tailed arrow hitting the bullseye of a target.
DigitalVision Vectors/Getty
Standards How New Common Core Research Connects to Biden's Plans for Children and Families
A study of national test scores indicate the early phase of the Common Core State Standards did not help disadvantaged students.
5 min read
results 925693186 02
iStock/Getty
Standards Opinion After All That Commotion, Was the Common Core a Big Nothingburger?
The Common Core State Standards may not have had an impact on student outcomes, but they did make school improvement tougher and more ideological.
3 min read
Image shows a multi-tailed arrow hitting the bullseye of a target.
DigitalVision Vectors/Getty