College and Career Readiness Standards-in-Action Professional Development: Mathematics Advanced Unit 1: Aligning Curriculum Resources With Standards (SIA)
Advanced Mathematics Unit 1 training builds on and extends the content of the foundational units. Once instructors clearly understand the intent and meaning of College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards for mathematics, the next step is to work through how, over time, they will support students in meeting them. The method outlined in Advanced Mathematics Unit 1 will empower adult educators in your state to answer two crucial questions:
- Are the curriculum resources we are using tightly aligned with CCR standards?
- How can we modify curriculum resources currently in use to more tightly align with CCR standards?
PART 1 of Advanced Mathematics Unit 1 begins with teaching adult educators how to discern what curriculum resources aligned with CCR standards look like. First, they will review the alignment and utility of a sample set of lessons from an adult education curriculum resource you choose using the Mathematics Resource Alignment Tool. That tool is organized around the key advances and level-specific demands of the CCR standards. PART 2 teaches adult educators how to begin to fill alignment gaps in the curriculum resource by selecting one lesson to improve using the Mathematics Lesson Revision Template. The result will be a lesson that exemplifies both the key advances and level-specific demands of the standards and can be seamlessly integrated into instructors’ existing curriculum. PART 3 focuses on organizing production teams who can continue the work subsequent to PART 1 and PART 2 of the training.
Note: A distinguishing feature of the advanced-level units (over the foundational) is that the work extends well beyond the initial training. Teams made up of trained adult educators will be asked to revise additional lessons in the curriculum resource over several months. You will want to set expectations for how many lessons in the curriculum resource(s) will be modified, over what period of time, and how the work will get done (e.g., in person or virtually, in small or larger teams, using different levels of review).