Check Out Incredible Curriculum Spiral via Ross School

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Check Out Incredible Curriculum Spiral via Ross School

Rhetorical question for all educators: do you have or wish you had a really well-scaffolded curriculum?

To be honest, I would have thought by now most schools could answer that integrated curriculum maps and tight alignment amongst subjects and grade levels were well in our rearview mirrors; that faculty who work in the same school but in different hallways had a good idea of what each were doing; that opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and cross-subject project work were as easy to find and pick as proverbial low-hanging fruit.

Unfortunately, that is still not the case at many schools, and even if your school has a good curriculum map, you REALLY might want to check out this mind-blowing tool I ran across yesterday. Thanks to a mention in Bold Moves for Schools (Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Marie Hubley Alcock), I found the Ross School and the Ross Learning System and “Spiral”, which you pretty much just have to play with to believe and understand.

The Spiral is the interactive visual manifestation of a preK-12 interdisciplinary curriculum “with a focus on sustainability and a systems thinking perspective…designed to prepare learners to address the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly complex, globally connected future.” The entire school curriculum integrates all subjects, aligned to their evolution through global and human history.

I have not even connected with Ross School yet, but I will, and will learn and share more, but I wanted to get this out there.

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By | 2017-04-23T07:18:35+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|21C Skills, Challenges to Education, Uncategorized|3 Comments

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  1. Garreth Heidt April 23, 2017 at 12:53 pm - Reply


    Wish I had found this earlier. It seems there’s so much amazing work going on in schools across the country (#EdJourney!). Thanks for this image. I read the sidebar in the image and found the Cultural History focus so close to what I’ve always felt/intuited should be the foundation for our endeavors in, and out, of schools.

    Keep up the great detective work. I look forward to tapping into your growing Professional Learning Network and sharing in the great schools you discover.

    • Grant April 23, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Garreth. I had a mesmerizing time playing with the spiral!

  2. Anna May 8, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    This is really great, unique and very informative post, I like it. thanks for sharing

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