In this video provided by Curriculum Designers, Inc., Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs explains launching the process of curriculum change and connects the mapping process to a framework for professional development. This video runs 3 minutes and 2 seconds.
In this video, Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs discusses launching the curriculum mapping process with Curriculum Designers Inc, Director of Communications Earl Nicholas. He asks Dr. Jacobs to elaborate on what is done in this phase. Dr. Jacobs thinks launching, connoting propulsion, is an appropriate term to use to describe getting started. It is important to "take off" with success assuring a smooth landing to go onto the next level.
When launching mapping, it is important to look at ways to introduce mapping to different people. As mapping works best at the building level, the launch process may be different in different buildings. However, at each school site, there is a leadership cadre that can be the basis for a mapping leadership council. The council's role is to investigate what approaches will work in the building and coordinate the launch process. Dr. Jacobs points out that a "grand" launch with an outside speaker and school-wide approach might not be best in all situations. In some settings, working with small teacher groups may be best. In groups, you must explain what mapping is, discuss the goals for mapping, teach the process, and review the software used.
At the elementary level, the launch might involve one subject area. With the selected discipline, you would have a process for creating the initial maps, then reviewing and updating them over a period of time. At the secondary level, the launch might involve one course taught in each academic department. Likewise, with the selected courses, you would have a process for creating the initial maps then reviewing and updating them over a period of time.
With the launch process, less is more. A good quality beginning is most important. A successful launch is one with short term goals and a long term vision assuring everyone has good quality maps.
This video runs 3 minutes and 2 seconds.