Curriculum Planning Tools for Challenging All Learners
Curriculum Planning Tools for Challenging All Learners
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by Andilynn Feddeler

All students require a curriculum that intentionally aligns with their abilities to ensure engagement at the appropriate level of intensity and depth. These texts are essential additions to the library of any educator seeking to create new and/or adapt existing curriculum to better address the interests and abilities of their students.

  • Concept-Based Instruction: Building Curriculum With Depth and Complexity helps educators translate the works of leading educational thinkers into concept-based units that challenge all students to think through active and meaningful learning experiences. Readers will learn how to create practical and organized units that inspire student thinking, discussion, conversation, and written assignments, as well as use levels of questioning and task complexity based on various forms of assessments and demonstrated readiness.

  • Curriculum Planning and Instructional Design for Gifted Learners (3rd ed.) guides educators in designing curriculum for the gifted at any level of learning and in any subject area. The book shows how to customize curriculum for advanced learners using national standards, such as the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, as the point of departure for design.

  • Introduction to Curriculum Design in Gifted Education offers an in-depth exploration of curriculum development for the gifted and includes general foundations of good curriculum design, a survey of curriculum models appropriate for gifted learners, an examination of design considerations across content areas, a detailed analysis of the role assessment has in the curriculum development process, and an exploration of trends and future directions of curriculum development for the gifted. 

  • Modern Curriculum for Gifted and Advanced Academic Students addresses the need for advanced curriculum design in an age of national standards and 21st-century learning innovations. This book provides the most contemporary thinking about how to design in-depth courses of study in the foundational curriculum areas with a high degree of complexity and advanced content. 

  • I Is for Inquiry: An Illustrated ABC of Inquiry-Based Instruction for Elementary Teachers and Schools (coming soon) takes a unique approach to helping teachers in the elementary grades create lessons and sustain inquiry in their classrooms. This colorful, illustrated alphabet book explores 26 (including X and Z) key ideas and skills in inquiry-based teaching and learning, such as collaboration, dialogue, evidence, hypothesis, and scaffolding.