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06 Jun Strategic Leadership: Supporting Teacher & Student Growth

by Megan Davenport, Rubicon International

It's not about filling in boxes, it's about designing instruction

Dr. Raina Kor, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at Irvington Union Free School District is the kind of leader that thinks strategically about how to improve student learning, creates a strong action plan, makes adjustments as needed, and clearly communicates her vision. Raina has not only introduced a mapping process, but recognized a need for professional development around Understanding by Design to make the process meaningful for her teachers. Additionally, she has crafted messaging to help teachers understand the connection between curriculum documentation and enhancing student learning.

In this interview with Raina, she shares some of her reflections on their implementation and process, like her realization that “a lot of teachers didn’t have the background and experience in designing curriculum. I know it sounds crazy, but they don’t. They have lesson writing experience, but unit development is completely different, especially if you are using a framework, like UbD.” Because of this, she added additional professional development and modified her timeline. Read the full blog post to learn more about her reflections and vision.

Don’t take it from me- watch this video to better understand Raina’s vision as they use their curriculum articulation to support transitions from one grade (or school) to the next and promote higher-level thinking!

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