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 the 2019-2020 school year.
- CURATE Fellows work in panel teams and are guided through a systematic review of existing evidence on the quality & alignment of core curricular materials.
- Panelists receive a baseline stipend of $500 for initial training and an additional $250 for each product they review.
How does it work?
The Massachusetts CURATE Fellowship convenes over the course of one semester during the 2019-2020 school year. Fellows receive 9 hours of professional development on the CURATE rubrics & curriculum review process and then meet 4-6 times as a panel to collaboratively conduct systematic reviews of existing research and evidence on core curricular materials. By engaging in the CURATE process, teachers gain deep insight into the quality and alignment of a variety of curricular materials to Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
After the initial 3-hour orientation and 6-hour Saturday bootcamp, Fellows independently review, synthesis, and document evidence. Then reconvene 4-6 times to collaboratively evaluate, calibrate, and rate curricular materials against a specific set of criteria. By the end of the process, panel teams agree upon quality & alignment designation ratings for each curriculum reviewed. Throughout the process, Fellows have opportunities to share their findings with state curriculum leaders and decision makers from 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.
Fall 2019 CURATE Fellowships
Spring 2020 CURATE Fellowships
CURATE 2019-2020 Dates
|September||Fall Panelist Institute
|February||Monday, 2/10 (Virtual)|
|October||Monday, 10/7 (Virtual)
Monday, 10/28 (Virtual)
|March||Monday, 3/2 (Virtual)
Monday, 3/23 (Virtual)
|November||Monday, 11/18 (Virtual)||April||Monday, 4/13 (Virtual)|
|December||Monday, 12/9 (Virtual)
Spring Facilitator Institute
|May||HOLD Monday, 5/4 (Virtual)|
Panels run concurrently September 2019 - June 2020.
- 3-hour orientation (in person)
- 6-hour Saturday bootcamp (in person)
- 4-6 panel review sessions (virtual)
- Select Monday evenings (Dates TBD)
Throughout the panel process, Fellows will have the opportunity to share their findings and provide feedback to state curriculum leaders at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.Panelists receive a baseline stipend of $500 for initial training and an additional $250 for each product they review. Each panelist can expect to review between 1 and 3 products (for a total stipend of $750 to $1250) each semester.
- 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 by August 2019
- 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 July 22, 2019. Priority will be granted to applications received by June 30, 2019.
Part 2 – Interview
You will be notified if you have been invited to participate in a phone 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 in-person and virtual sessions.
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