An Educational Leader's Guide to Curriculum Mapping: Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Cultures

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Corwin Press, Jun 28, 2010 - Education - 178 pages
Curriculum mapping initiatives are started with the essential goal of improving student achievement, yet the mapping process can be challenging to navigate or lead. While the main work of curriculum mapping is conducted by classroom teachers, administrators must be actively involved, and they must also take into account the demands curriculum mapping places on teachers.

This book provides administrators with the foundational understandings and specific guidance and strategies to effectively support a curriculum mapping initiative in their schools and districts. The authors discuss administrative leadership for curriculum mapping, including the roles and responsibilities of various administrative positions, such as the superintendent, headteacher, and curriculum director, and provide protocols and procedures for writing administrative maps.

A Leader's Guide to Curriculum Mapping offers concrete information and suggestions for moving a curriculum mapping initiative forward in a positive manner and ultimately ensuring that curriculum mapping is not only sustained, but is embedded in the cultural consciousness and becomes the natural way of conducting professional curriculum work throughout a learning organization. The book:

- Includes brief but necessary coverage of theory and foundational concept

- Focuses on administrative leadership with curriculum design in mind and administrative support for systemic change

- Provides administrators with guidance, protocols, and step-by-step directions for the stages of a curriculum mapping initiative

- Offers practical applications, realistic expectations, and real-life examples

- Addresses significant concerns such as time and resources necessary for sustainability.


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Chapter 1 What Shifts in Thinking Are Imperative for Collaborative Curriculum Mapping?
Chapter 2 What Are Critical Considerations for Curriculum Mapping Leadership?
Chapter 3 What Should District Administrators Consider to Support Teacher Leadership?
Chapter 4 What Should Curriculum Directors Consider to Support Teacher Leadership?
Chapter 5 What Should Principals Consider to Support Teacher Leadership?
Chapter 6 What Do Professional Development Administrative Maps Look Like?
Chapter 7 What Do Professional Roles Administrative Maps Look Like?
Appendix A What Are Considerations for Developing Systemic Unit Names?
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About the author (2010)

Janet Hale is an educational consultant and trainer who is passionate about supporting educators in making curriculum decisions that ensure, enhance, and enrich learning and teaching experiences. She works with schools, districts, and higher-ed programs in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She specializes in curriculum mapping; standards literacy and alignment; and documenting learning.

Her Masters in educational leadership and curriculum development; elementary, secondary, and special education classroom experiences; and working alongside teachers and administrators for over 20 years enable Janet to provide unique insights that aid the learning organizations she has the pleasure of assisting.

She has written an assortment of educational resources, including three titles for Corwin, and enjoys presenting at national and international conferences.

Janet resides in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, Johnny, and their four-legged Schnauzer children. Visit Janet’s consulting website: and documenting learning website: You can follow her on Twitter @janet_hale, as well as @doc4learning. She can be contacted via e-mail at or by phone at 520.241.8797.


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