Carl Militello: Curriculum Mapping

Carl Militello has devoted many years to educational administration, most recently serving as superintendent of the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District and the Carthage Central School District, both in New York. In addition to managing multimillion-dollar budgets and overseeing hundreds of staff members, Militello implemented programs such as curriculum mapping and other assessment systems.

Schools employ curriculum mapping to ensure everyone is on the same page, so to speak. By tracking the content, methods, and assessments used by each teacher, administrators can standardize the curriculum across classes in a grade, align instruction with testing benchmarks, and discover duplication or gaps in material among grade levels. Through curriculum mapping, new teachers quickly learn what to include in lessons, while established instructors avoid redundancies in their planning efforts.

Based on the work of author and education consultant Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, curriculum mapping involves seven steps. First, teachers enter details on the content they taught, and enter them in to the system. After collecting data from this system, each team member reviews all the maps, looking for repetition or missing material. Then, groups of up to eight people discuss their findings. Following the fourth step, a large-group review, members address revisions that can be made immediately. Next, the group assigns a task force to determine areas needing further research and provide resolutions. Finally, they plan for the subsequent review cycle.

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