IDE Corp
Professional Development for Innovative Schools

Curriculum Design

At IDE Corp., we believe that educators’ engagement with curriculum is a key to success. The curriculum must not become a compilation of documents that sit on a shelf; it should be a key partner in the teacher’s daily instructional efforts. The curriculum should not merely set the standards for achievement; it should set the expectations for the instructional delivery approach as well. IDE Corp. focuses on helping educators embrace a problem-based approach to curriculum and instruction.

At IDE Corp., we believe that curriculum should be designed with access for all in mind. We’ve all seen buildings that were designed with access for the ambulatory person in mind and then were retrofitted, adapted, and modified to include ramps to allow access for differently-abled individuals. Today’s school curriculum and instruction is, likewise, designed with the “able” in mind and then adapted and modified to allow access to learning for those who are differently abled. The Guggenheim museum, with its internal spiraling ramp, could be considered to be designed with access for all in mind at the start. This is the essence behind Universal Design for Learning. We believe curriculum should be designed with access for all in mind: multiple means of representation of content; multiple means of expression; and multiple means of engagement and action.

We work with educators to design standards- and problem-based curricula that provide all students with access to rich, rigorous, and relevant learning experiences. We work with curriculum committees whose members then engage the full faculty in aspects of curriculum design to create a sense of ownership. We utilize web-based tools, such as wikis, to enable districts to develop curriculum collaboratively.

IDE Corp. specializes in working with curriculum committees and their colleagues to develop project-based and problem-based curriculum that includes differentiated instruction, using formative assessment to drive instruction, and technology infusion.

Consider . . .

• Designing a standards-based, problem-based curriculum
• Aligning curriculum with the Common Core State Standards
• Developing quarterly assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards