MyNotes - New curriculum system CSCOPE to bring big changes to schools


It's been said that school districts that take advantage of state supported services--such as curriculum management--might save a lot of money by dismissing their existing "curriculum management" staff. That is, those tasked with managing the dissemination of curriculum in Texas school districts. Whether that's true or not, you'd have to chat with the 625 school districts in Texas using it already.

Today, I had the opportunity to attend CSCOPE Training (you can find my notes on the presentation here at http://bit.ly/cscopenotes). However, not knowing much about this, I've been reading up on CSCOPE, checking out best practices for implementation, etc. Since many districts and schools are impacted, it's definitely worth learning about and reflecting on it. Unfortunately, Technology Applications:TEKS courses are non-existent in the system.

At the professional development session I attended, 3 different school districts' Instructional Technology Department staff--and campus instructional technologists--were present! So, this is obviously a priority for many in my District.


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New curriculum system CSCOPE to bring big changes to schools in Lubbock, across state | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
    • New curriculum system CSCOPE to bring big changes to schools in Lubbock, across state
      • It involves the core content areas of math, science, writing, social studies and English/language arts and will unify the learning of the material across the state — which should have several advantages for students.
        • By Joe Gulick
          • A new curriculum management system called CSCOPE that will be introduced this year for kindergarten through the 12th grades in local school districts — and most of the rest of the state — will change the way school is taught in Texas, local educators say.
            • It involves the core content areas of math, science, writing, social studies and English/language arts and will unify the learning of the material across the state — which should have several advantages for students.
              • "The most valuable piece of CSCOPE is the scope and sequence, which is specifically what skills will be taught and when they will be taught,
                • CSCOPE a comprehensive guaranteed curriculum
                  • the old system where teachers chose their own sequence of teaching had its flaws. If a student transferred from a class where the teacher had not yet taught about the Civil War into a classroom where the teacher had already taught the Civil War, the student would not receive the Civil War teaching, she said. "From the education standpoint in Texas, we are going to see a lot of consistency in the delivery of instructions across the state," Fogerson said. "If a student moves here from the (Rio Grande) Valley and comes from a CSCOPE school, they should be able to pick up instruction without there being any gaps."
                    • CSCOPE will be widespread in the Lone Star State. Texas is divided into 20 education service centers, and 19 of them will be using the system.
                      • Some teachers fear that it does not address the full needs of a child, while others fear it takes away much of the creativity of the teacher," Jenkins said. "Still others have commented that the lessons seem pretty good. These teachers see it as an advantage that all
                        • students will be using the exact same curriculum, enabling them to move from one school to another and stay on track."
                          • "CSCOPE curriculum tells us the 'what' and the 'when.' What each teacher teaches, and when they teach it. The 'how,' however, is left up to the teacher so that teachers can infuse their own creativity and decision-making. CSCOPE does have excellent, rigorous lessons included, but they are presented as exemplar lessons and are not a requirement
                            • It occurred to educators at the state's education service centers that it made sense to develop a curriculum management system to deliver the state curriculum, Rowntree said. Prior to that, some school districts would spend the entire summer preparing curriculum for the upcoming school year.


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