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Curriculum Institute™ to Provide Software to Departments of Education through Grant Funding

Grant Established to Provide Free Access to Curriculum Alignment Tool with Access to the Common Core State Standards
 
 
 
Oakbrook Terrace, IL (September 8, 2010) ‐ The Curriculum Institute™, in conjunction with corporate sponsor Collaborative Learning Inc.™, is pleased to announce a plan to provide free access to state‐of‐the‐art proprietary software developed by Collaborative Learning. A function of the software is alignment of curriculum to the Common Core State Standards recently released by Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association.
 
Through a special grant funding program, State Departments of Education can receive, at no cost:
  • Licenses to the web‐based Curriculum Alignment Software, Curriculum Mapper 2010,
  • Common Core State Standards, an included feature as part of Curriculum Mapper 2010,
  • Participation in a full day of professional development: Alignment of Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards
Michael Rush, Executive Director of the Curriculum Institute, notes, "We received tremendous feedback at our June conference in Philadelphia where the Institute provided professional development on the Common Core State Standards working with the CCSSO and its Surveys of Enacted Curriculum approach to alignment content analysis. We know that Departments of Education are looking for tools to help their constituents incorporate and educate on the Standards as part of curriculum planning and alignment. We are fortunate to be able to provide these tools through our partnership with founding corporate sponsor, Collaborative Learning Inc."
 
The software is complemented by participation in a full‐day orientation course, Alignment of Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards. Practical applications for the software and correlating instruction and curriculum to the Common Core Standards are the primary objectives. The complete syllabus is available by request. For more information about the Institute, contact michael.rush@curriculuminstitute.org. For more information about the application process, contact Marisol Murillo at 630.282.1639 or email marisol.murillo@curriculuminstitute.org.
 
About Curriculum Institute
 
The Curriculum Institute™ is a non‐profit research and education body dedicated to connecting today's leading research on effective education and best practices with leaders and teachers in real schools. Programs are underwritten by Institute corporate sponsors. For more information, visit our website: www.curriculuminstitute.org, or contact Michael Rush, Executive Director, at 630.282.1639.
 
About Collaborative Learning Inc.
 
Collaborative Learning Inc. (CLI) is the leading developer of productivity software that enables schools to plan instruction, monitor progress with real‐time data, as well as analyze instruction and curriculum based on benchmarks and standards with up‐to‐the‐minute accuracy. Since 1999, the Company has been producing programs that improve classroom decision‐making for higher student achievement, making schools, teachers, students, and communities more successful. From its roots in curriculum mapping with the pioneering Curriculum Mapper® to the 2009 release of the next‐generation Curriculum Improvement Studio integrated suite of programs, the Company remains dedicated to outcomes‐based planning of instruction, the refinement and publishing of curricula, and the analyzing of student performance ‐‐ all web‐based, in real time. Used by thousands of schools and over 100,000 educators, CLI assures successful implementations for every school, with a team of professional development consultants who are experts in curriculum, mapping, instructional planning, and assessment. Additional information about the Company’s productivity software is available at www.clihome.com.
 
About Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC)
 
The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) are a practical, reliable set of data collection tools being used with teachers of math, English language arts, science, and social studies to collect and report consistent data on current instructional practices and content being taught in classrooms. The resulting data reported online provide an objective method for educators to analyze the degree of alignment between current instruction and state standards and assessments. The SEC Collaborative developed the SEC tools, and continues to provide leadership, services and support to state leaders to make effective use of this unique online system.
 
Through the SEC Collaborative and its services:
  • Obtain reliable indicators of alignment and evaluate improvement initiatives for state education agency leaders and specialists:
  • Use a data‐driven improvement tool that combines instructional data and achievement data and facilitates discussion of effective practices for district leaders and teachers; and
  • Assess needs of teachers and schools and target assistance to educators for evaluators of programs.