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DeKalb

County Schools
Rigorous Curriculum Design
District Professional Learning
Guidance for Facilitators
March 10, 2017


Thank you for facilitating the professional learning experience
for your faculty. This is an opportunity to send a consistent
message to all teachers about DeKalbs K-12 curriculum
redesign. Your role, as an instructional leader, will be to share
the content while facilitating collegial conversations. The entire time allotted is 120 minutes.
You will find included in this guidance a step-by-step guide and tips for preparing a successful
learning experience for your teachers.

Prior to the meeting:
Schedule a location and time for the meeting.
Check all technology capabilities. Test the videos prior to the meeting to adjust sound.
Confirm internet connectivity is strong and stable.
Communicate the learning event to staff with the expectation that all staff actively
participate.
Ensure you have copied the participant handout (4 total pages).
Watch the video and take notes, as the facilitator, to ensure you are prepared to lead an
active, thoughtful professional learning experience.


Agenda Notes
Leadership: Welcome!
Review norms for learning.

Leadership: Share the purpose of the
meeting.

Show: Superintendents Video Message.

Introduce the RCD video and hit PLAY.

Prompt participants to reference the
graphic on the top of page 1 in the
handout when the video introduces the
components of the RCD process.

Activity #1: Define Rigor. Participants will
be asked to define rigor on page 1 of the
handout and then do a think-pair-share.

Continue the RCD video.

Activity #2: Review the Rigor/Relevance
Framework on page 2 of the handout. Ask
participants to reflect on the following
question, How can the Rigor/Relevance
Framework help with lesson design?
Encourage participants to share their
thoughts with other colleagues.

Continue the RCD video.

Activity #3: Define Curriculum.
Participants will be asked to define
curriculum on page 1 of the handout and
then do a think-pair-share.

Continue the RCD video.

Activity #4: Identify a Priority Standard.
Participants will be asked to use the
prioritizing criteria on page 2 of the
handout to determine a priority standard
for a course they teach. Prompt
participants to consider whether the
standard meets the criteria and if it
requires higher levels of learning. Give an
opportunity for sharing. Ask the
participants to document the standard in
the box provided. This leads into our
unwrapping standards activity.

Continue the RCD video.

Activity #5: Review the Curriculum-at-a-
Glance document. Participants will be
asked to turn and talk to colleagues about
the benefits of the updated CAAG
documents that reflect priority and
supporting standards, as well as updated
pacing.

Continue the RCD video.

Prompt participants to reference the
graphic on the top of page 3 in the
handout when the video introduces the 12
steps of the RCD process.

Activity #6: Unwrap the Priority Standard.
Participants will be asked to unwrap the
Priority Standard they selected on page 2
of the handout. Prompt participants to
circle skills (verbs in the standard) and
underline concepts (nouns and noun
phrases that represent teachable
concepts). Ask participants to complete
the graphic organizer. They can reference
Blooms in the Rigor/Relevance
Framework. DOK (optional). Give teams
an opportunity to share and discuss the
benefit of unwrapping to deepen
understanding of the standard
expectations.

Continue the RCD video.

Activity #7: Share a Feedback Strategy.
Following the assessment portion of the
video, participants will be asked to think of
a strategy they use to provide students
with formative feedback on their progress
toward standard mastery. They can
document the strategy on page 3 of the
handout. Encourage participants to use
the stand up, hand up, pair up strategy
and share with at least three other
colleagues, preferably colleagues not
sitting at their table or on their team in
order to seek different perspectives/ideas.

Continue the RCD video.

Activity #8: Think About an Engaging
Lesson. Participants will be asked to think
of a lesson where they were highly
engaged as a student. Ask them to
consider the conditions that were present
that made the lesson engaging, how it
made them feel, what they learned.
Document on page 3 of the handout.
Then, prompt participants to share at their
table. Following time to share, encourage
a couple participants to share with the
larger group. This activity leads to the
Authentic Performance Assessment
portion of the process.

Continue the RCD video.

Activity #9: Share Video. Choose one of
the classroom video examples that you
believe will resonate with your staff.

Scenario 1: Thinking BIG About
Engagement - Grade 6 Science
Scenario 2: Performance-Based
Assessment - HS Chemistry
(source: Edutopia)

Encourage participants to take notes on
the handout on page 3 considering the
following questions: What design
elements were used by the teacher to
make this a rigorous and engaging learning
experience? How are students reacting to
the lesson design? Turn and Talk about
the video example once viewing is
complete.

Continue the RCD video.

Activity #10: High-Impact Instructional
Practices. Participants will be prompted to
reflect on page 4 of the handout. How can
a set of shared instructional practices
positively impact our work? Ask
participants to share thoughts and
practices they are currently using with
colleagues seated next to them.

Continue the RCD video.


Activity #11: Review Our Next Steps.
Following an overview of the districts next
steps, participants will be asked to
consider next steps needed at the school
level, within teams. Ask participants to
generate ideas on the bottom of page 4 of
the handout. Encourage teams to
brainstorm how the new curriculum will
impact their work. Share out ideas across
the school to encourage a strong,
proactive implementation.

Thank you again for facilitating this
important work in your school.