Posted by: Kris Woods | November 5, 2008

Curriculum mapping and the media program

Today the media specialists in the district had one of four district meetings available to us each year.  The meetings are an opportunity to network with other media specialists to share ideas, re-energize, and develop skills in administering effective media programs.

One goal of today’s meeting was to provide time for grade level groups to work on aligning content area standards with the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner.  The groups were able to begin discussing the benchmarks of AASL skills for grades 2, 5, 8, 10, and 12 found in the draft of the Standards in Action document and work on compiling a grade level content map.  Below is the presentation with information about the mapping project:

The information literacy map is a photo album approach to the operational curriculum for the media program addressing student performance standards.  The maps will show paced instruction over time with a prioritized curriculum.  Information literacy skills are integrated into the content areas.  Content and skills are aligned with assessments and based upon data-driven decisions.  The skills students learn through the media program diffuse throughout the entire school curriculum.  Information literacy embedded in the content areas provides a curriculum continuum of learning by continually reinforcing skills for student mastery.

The mapping project has potential to open the lines of communication with faculty and form collaborative instructional partnerships.  Once the grade level maps are completed, we will be able to look at the entire K-12 media program curriculum to align the skills and standards vertically.  The responsibilities and dispositions are broken down into stages of development, which we can use to assess the progress of the students through the vertical plan.  This is an exciting opportunity to see not only the collaboration among the media specialists but a tool to help raise student achievement by utilizing the resources, support, and services of the media program to engage learners in 21st century skills to succeed as lifelong learners.

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