The Curriculum Mapping KnowledgeBase

The Curriculum Mapping KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting education professionals with the development and use of curriculum mapping as part of their instructional strategies. The KnowledgeBase is based on four elements derived from The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates, Tools, and Resources for Effective Professional Development authored by Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Ann Johnson, and published by ASCD.

Element 1: Lay the Foundation

Purpose: Applying curriculum mapping within a district or school begins with an understanding of the fundamentals. These include being knowledgeable about the basic concepts, defining a vision for the initiative, and creating a leadership structure to support it. Element 1 outlines these tasks and offers resources for the teacher to gain such an understanding.

Activity 1: Understand Curriculum Mapping Concepts

Activity 2: Create a Shared Vision for Curriculum Mapping

Activity 3: Define the Leadership Structure to Support Mapping

Task 2: Identify the Revision Points


Guideline: The Oklahoma State Department of Education's Process of Curriculum Mapping outline lists five aspects of identifying revision points. They are

  • "highlight areas of inconsistency within and across grade levels,
  • note areas for possible revision in the curriculum,
  • focus on horizontal and vertical articulation of concepts,
  • identify common areas of concern and look for ways to eliminate or minimize their impact, and
  • identify gaps and overlaps."

Together, they provide a focus for reviewing maps.

Seven Step Review Process

This resource summarizes the seven step review process outlined by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs. The summary prepared by Janet Hale explains the process steps, provides a graphic representation of the process, and offers a review process planning sheet. Janet Hale is a national curriculum mapping consultant and trainer. This document was captured from CurriculumMapping101.com.


The Process of Curriculum Mapping

This Oklahoma State Department of Education document offers a process approach to curriculum mapping. The six step process offers action steps to take at each phase.

Curriculum Map Review Guidelines

This resource provides a series of questions to use when reviewing curriculum maps. This material was adapted from "Mapping the Big Picture" training materials by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

Element 2: Launch the Process

Purpose: Wiktionary dictionary defines launch as "to set going; to give a start to (something); to put in operation." Curriculum mapping is an ongoing process. The process involves creating maps that drive instruction, reviewing and improving those maps over time, and learning how to master mapping strategies. Element 2 outlines these tasks and offers resources for district and school leaders and teachers to launch curriculum mapping.

Activity 1: Using Curriculum Maps to Drive Instruction

Activity 2: Undertake a Review Process to Improve Instruction

Activity 3: Learn How to Master Mapping Strategies

Element 3: Sustain and Integrate the Mapping Process

Purpose: Curriculum mapping is an ongoing process as teachers review and update the respective maps regularly. The process of updating their maps enables teachers to think about how they can improve and update their instructional approaches. The Element 3 tasks address incorporating assessment results into the mapping process.

Activity 1: Conduct Ongoing Strategic Monitoring

Activity 2: Unpack Assessment Data

Element 4: Advanced Mapping Tasks

Purpose: Curriculum mapping is an ongoing process as teachers review and update the respective maps regularly . The process of updating their maps enables teachers to think about how they can improve and update their instructional approaches. The Element 4 tasks address applying new instructional techniques and integrating technology with curriculum.

Activity 1: Update Maps with 21st Century Techniques