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  1. 1. School Designs Benefits of a Unified Curriculum A Strong Foundation for Learning Houghton Mifflin Harcourt A unified curriculum supports quality teaching and EdisonLearning, in concert with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, learning by providing first-class curricula to educators is committed to providing high-quality, research-based and students. It presents EdisonLearning® School Designs curriculum offerings to our partnership schools. These partners with research-based programs with flexible programs support improved instruction, assessment, resources for addressing the needs of all learners, a and professional development as well as bring greater consistent instructional design to support teacher efficiencies in implementation. individual and collaborative planning, and more robust, program specific professional development. Consistent Instructional Format Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is recognized A highly structured, interrelated curriculum will help globally as the preeminent educational teacher’s present lessons consistently and thoroughly. Teachers will have more time to perfect their presentation publisher - offering best-in-class skills, monitor students’ progress, and keep parents instructional materials. informed of their child’s progress and advised of their own role in their academic development. The HMH goal is to help tailor learning Improved Planning, Teaching and Learning to individual styles and preferences - By providing instruction to students from Pre-K through ensuring success for all. each ascending grade with a unified curriculum, teachers, advisors and administrators will know more about each student’s educational progress, his or her strengths and weaknesses, and how to address each rather than through Implementation a mix and match approach to planning and teaching. Using a unified curriculum streamlines instructional The unified approach affords greater consistency across program implementation for EdisonLearning partnership curricula and across grades. schools because together we are working with only one publishing partner. Supplementing the Student Support Model • Best practices surrounding instruction will be universal; Unified curriculum programs are beneficial to the Student from year-to-year and from campus-to-campus as more Support Model and Response to Intervention (RtI). The schools adopt the unified curriculum program. RtI system is a preventive, solution focused, school-wide intervention process. Unified curriculum programs and • As needs arise and change over time, EdisonLearning their flexible resources and assessments, make it easier to and HMH can respond more quickly together because identify students facing issues that are affecting academic the foundation for a consistent message has already achievement. This type of continuity provides teachers been established. with a rich array of tools and resources for differentiating • Formative student achievement data will have greater instruction and lends itself to more productive teacher- validity due to a higher level of consistency throughout parent collaboration surrounding areas of academic execution. concern - the first step of the RtI process. Instruction and Student Assessment Enhanced Professional Development A consistent instructional model better supports effective Implementing aligned curricula and integrated professional lesson planning. This guarantees lessons reflective of development with focused training greatly benefits teacher standards, learner outcomes and student needs because practice which results in enhanced student achievement. teachers, administrators and parents are better able to measure fidelity of lesson implementation. Pursuing a Strategic Partnership with a publisher to provide more uniform curriculum complements EdisonLearning’s • Lesson plans reflect more differentiated instructional strategies because the message of differentiation is robust Professional Development. This comprehensive consistent. approach to professional development was purposefully designed in response to partner feedback and to meet • Greater formative and summative assessment the needs of all partner school personnel so that they can opportunities as a result of regular preparation and a better support students’ academic success. bird’s eye view of resources across the curriculum.
  2. 2. • Uniform criteria and a consistent instructional model provide support for new teachers and a common language and resources for mentoring and professional development. • Standardized lesson planning and assessment cycles make it easier to determine effect on student achievement. Professional Development and Training Services With an HMH unified curriculum there is a mutual investment in efficacy. Professional Development and implementation training is complemented by HMH resources allowing for cross-referencing of best practices and classroom materials. • The link between core and specialized curriculum resources and intervention materials will be referenced and demonstrated through all professional development and training. • Multipleprofessional development delivery methods such as webinars and online learning will address the individualized needs of schools. Find Out More For more information about EdisonLearning® School Designs please call us at 1-877-I-CAN-LEARN (1-877-422-6532), e-mail us at schooldesigns@edisonlearning.com or visit us online at www.edisonlearning.com/schooldesigns. Working together for student success™ www.edisonlearning.com/schooldesigns © 2010 EdisonLearning, Inc. All rights reserved EdisonLearning® and the EdisonLearning logo are registered trademarks of EdisonLearning, Inc. Offering details are subject to change, and may vary by individual client engagement. Student and school performance depends on many EdisonLearning, Inc. variables; as such, specific results are not guaranteed and may vary. 485 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10017 EL09.10 www.edisonlearning.com

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