Using the Rigor/Relevance Framework for Planning and Instruction
The Rigor/Relevance Framework, developed by the International Center for Leadership in Education, is a powerful tool for making changes in curriculum, instruction, and assessment to support higher standards and improved learning for students.
Using the Rigor/Relevance Framework for Planning and Instruction offers K-12 teachers, curriculum coordinators, administrators, and staff developers information and activities to support the development of a more rigorous and relevant curriculum for all students.
322 Pages $295
The complete guidebook to rigor and relevance covers the following topics.
Chapter 1 - Why Application Instruction provides an overview of the research and underlying reasons why rigor and relevance should be the goals of all schools.
Chapter 2 - Rigor/Relevance Framework provides an in-depth explanation of how the Rigor/Relevance Framework is designed by combining the Knowledge Taxonomy and the Application Model. Examples from several subjects and grade levels help teachers apply the Framework to their teaching.
Chapter 3 - Planning Instruction is the heart of the resource kit. It makes a detailed examination of instructional planning. Included are recommendations and tools to create a more rigorous and relevant interdisciplinary curriculum to challenge students.
Chapter 4 - Designing Assessments reviews best practices in creating assessments and scoring guides. Moving to high levels of rigor and relevance requires performance assessments.
Chapter 5 - Interdisciplinary Instruction provides suggestion on how to create high-quality interdisciplinary student work as one of the ways to add greater relevancy to learning. Also, discussed are tools and resources available for designing interdisciplinary instruction.
Chapter 6 - Raising the Level of Rigor and Relevance reviews some of the multiple ways that teachers can raise the level of both rigor and relevance in their teaching once they understand how to quantify rigor and relevance using the Rigor/Relevance Framework.
Chapter 7 - Suggestions for Administrators discusses the important role of instructional leaders in raising the rigor and relevance of instruction.
Chapter 8 - Professional Development Activities has an extensive list of tools and activities that can be used to help teachers understand and apply the Rigor/Relevance Framework. Professional development is not a rigid set of workshops but the flexible tools in this resources kit can be used in individual mentoring sessions, small group curriculum work or staff meetings to help teachers understand and use the Rigor/Relevance Framework.
Electronic versions of all tools and handouts are included on a CD-ROM. A DVD provides a video presentation by Dr. Willard Daggett and Dr. Richard Jones from the 12th Annual Model Schools Conference.
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