NEW AND NEXT STEPS in curriculum and instruction:
Maryland State Department of Education and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC frameworks Model Content Frameworks) have both developed model units and lessons/lesson seeds utilizing UDL. These models are aligned to the National Common Core Standards.


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Click the hyperlink below to learn more about Bloom's Taxonomy and how to develop instructional objectives for teaching and learning!

Writing Measurable Instructional Objectives

For Parents and Students

The National Parent Teacher's Association Parents Guide to Student Success speaks to the math and reading skills students will need to be college and career ready according to Common Core standards and practices.

To learn more about planning for your future, advanced placement courses, and career options, visit this Operation Access approved website.

Maryland Public Television's Thinkport website offers interactive learning modules which support students' educational growth using interactive web-based activities and problem-solving lessons


For Teachers and Administrators

PARCC Rubric: ELA Expanded Rubric for Analytic and Narrative Writing

Educator Effectiveness Academy Information and Updates

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Universal Design for Learning

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The UDL Guidelines, an articulation of the UDL framework, can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to reduce barriers, as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of all learners from the start. They can also help educators identify the barriers found in existing curricula. -National Center on Universal Design for Learning

Maryland State Department of Education "New Tools for Teachers"


UDL Principles in an easy-to-use one-page document


National Center on Universal Design for Learning
Maryland State Department of Education's UDL Webinar

NEW AND NEXT STEPS in curriculum and instruction:

Maryland State Department of Education and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC Model Content Frameworks) have both developed model units and lessons/lesson seeds utilizing UDL. These models are aligned to the National Common Core Standards.


Additional Resources

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Or Try One of These Links for More Information from MSDE:
1. Maryland State Department of Education Resources for Students, Parents, and Educators

2. Curriculum Management System Prototype: accessible during Educator Effectiveness Academy to preview the new MSDE Curriculum Management System which will be available SOON.

Non-MSDE Resources

TeachingBooks.netis an online resource which helps teachers plan thematic, multimedia units using a novel as the "anchor text."

Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action is a resource from Harvey Daniels and Stephanie Harvey which provides practical lessons in comprehension, collaboration and inquiry that model the strategies students need to work and learn together.

The Charlotte Danielson Framework is an assessment of teacher instructional and professional practices and may be used to gain further insight about how to best plan and prepare for instruction using standards-driven and research-based best practices.

Jim Knight and "The Big Four" to assist teachers in content planning, collaborative planning, and classroom management to meet the needs of all learners

ReadWriteThink is an online lesson plan resource to assist teachers as they plan rigorous instructional experiences for students

Thinkport website , sponsored by Maryland Public Television, is an online resource for educators which includes lesson plans and interactive content to support a rich, standards-driven curriculum using multi-media, trans-disciplinary learning, and complex texts