Curriculum Reform - Secondary Education

The ECU secondary curriculum reform is based on four primary goals:

  • To prepare teachers to implement the new Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards.
  • To train teachers to use technology effectively as an instructional tool.
  • To develop teachers who know and are able to use a core set of instructional strategies across all content areas.
  • To increase teachers' capacity to incorporate ELL supports, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and interactive multi-touch features into their curriculum and instruction.

The ECU TQP Secondary Teacher Education Reform began in the summer of 2012 when ECU faculty from the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences collaborated with high school faculty from JH Rose High School in Pitt County to form disciplinary teams that met for two summer institutes. With Pearson training and additional ECU faculty support, these teams created model curriculum units aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the North Carolina Essential Standards. ECU Secondary Faculty introduced the model units to pre-service teacher candidates in Junior-and Senior-level methods courses during the fall and spring semesters.

In summer 2013, ECU faculty and Rose High School continued to work together during a second summer institute (the Summer iBook institute) to learn how to create multi-touch e-books using iBook iAuthor software The collaboration expanded during the fall semester to include teachers from three additional Pitt County high schools—Farmville Central, Ayden-Grifton, and DH Conley. Over four Saturday iBook Institutes in September, November, January, and March and a final iBook Institute in June 2014, the teams completed development of the ISLES-S (Instructional Strategy Lessons for Educators Series Secondary) Modules for use in secondary content and methods courses. These instructional modules were built on the foundation of the elementary and middle grades ISLES Modules developed during TQP Reform Years 1-3. The content teams also developed additional Model Curriculum Units that were field-tested by high school teachers and secondary faculty during fall 2013 and spring 2014. Produced in ebook and pdf formats, the ISLES-S modules were implemented in History Education and English Education in fall 2013 and implemented in Secondary Business Education and Math Education in fall 2014.

In summer 2014, a new secondary reform initiative focused on content literacy was launched by secondary faculty from History, English, Science, and Mathematics Education. This interdisciplinary initiative used a collaborative approach to create a common framework in which to embed discipline-specific content literacy strategies. These literacy modules were developed and published in Weebly Education.

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