The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is partnering with Teach Plus and the Rennie Center to convene panels of Massachusetts educators to review available evidence on curricular alignment to Massachusetts learning standards and efficacy in implementation. The work of the CURATE panels will result in a series of brief, user-friendly reports that provide schools and districts with more guidance as they work to select high-quality core curricular materials aligned to Massachusetts learning standards.
Are you a teacher passionate about ensuring access to high-quality, standards-aligned PK-12 science, mathematics, or ELA curricular materials for Massachusetts students and educators?
What is the Massachusetts CURATE Curriculum Fellowship?
- A highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding Massachusetts teachers interested in deepening their knowledge of curricular quality & alignment and contributing to the development of resources that affect students and the teaching profession.
- An opportunity for teachers to expand their influence without leaving the classroom and to play a leading role in upholding quality for their colleagues by engaging in curriculum review panels during one semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
- Curriculum Fellows work in panel teams and are guided through a systematic review of existing evidence on the quality & alignment of core curricular materials.
- Curriculum Fellows receive a $1000 stipend and 30 Professional Development Points from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
How does it work?
The Massachusetts CURATE Curriculum Fellowship convenes over the course of one semester during the 2018-2019 school year. Fellows meet four (4) times in person or virtually during the panel process to collaboratively conduct a systematic review of existing research and evidence (rather than a direct review of curriculum sets) about a variety of core curricular materials. Through these sessions, Fellows gain a deeper insight into the quality and alignment of a variety of curricular materials to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Fellows collaboratively evaluate, calibrate, and rate curricular materials against a specific set of criteria. Between sessions, Fellows independently conduct document review and synthesis. By the end of the 3-month panel process, panel teams agree upon quality & alignment designation ratings and will then have the opportunity to share their findings with state curriculum leaders during two optional meetings with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The work of the CURATE panels will result in a series of brief, user-friendly reports to support Massachusetts educators in making more informed choices.
|Spring 2019 CURATE Fellowships|
ELA/Literacy (Pre-K -2) Panel
Panels run concurrently on January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8 (6:00 - 8:30 pm). DInner is provided.
Upon conclusion of the panel process, Fellows will have the opportunity to share their findings and provide feedback to state curriculum leaders during two optional sessions at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Malden.
- A current teacher of record with a summative performance rating of Proficient or Exemplary on my most recent evaluation.
- Deep content knowledge and understanding of the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English language arts (ELA) and literacy, mathematics, or science and technology/engineering (STE)
- At least 3 years of teaching experience as of August 2018
- Passionate about dedicating your time and expertise to reviewing curricular alignment & quality on behalf of students and educators in Massachusetts
Part 1 – Written Application
The written application asks you to complete general demographic information, short response questions, and provide a Supervisor Acknowledgement Form (with signature from recommending principal or curriculum specialist). Applications are due November 19th, 2018.
Part 2 – Interview
You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in an in-person or virtual interview.
Part 3 – Selection
You will be notified if you have been selected to join the Massachusetts CURATE Curriculum Fellowship. If accepted, you will commit to attending all four in-person and virtual sessions.
ELA/Literacy (Pre-K -2), ELA/Literacy (Grades 3-5), STE and Mathematics (Grades 6-8) Curriculum Fellows meet 4 times in person or virtually on January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8. Dinner is provided.
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