Curriculum 21 – Visual Book Review

Cross Posted to Langwitches Blog

Curriculum 21

I am usually a fast reader, but I have been taking my time with this book. There is not only a wealth of information, but it connects to so many of my thoughts and ideas I have contemplated in my mind as well as on this blog over the last few years. It resonated with me when Heidi Hayes Jacobs says:

a school does not need reform— it needs new forms.

Heidi advocates that

New essential curriculum will need revision- actual replacements of dated content, skills, and assessments with more timely choices.

I really liked her approach when she suggests the distinction between a “growth model” instead of a “change model” that needs to be introduced to a school’s culture.

As I was reading the book (hard copy, not on my Kindle), I was using highlighters to not miss thoughts or quotes that I wanted to remember. It did not take long to realize that I was highlighting too much 🙂 How was I going to get through this book and make sense of it, connect and wrap it around my thoughts which were floating around but had not been verbalized?

I know that I work best through concepts and ideas when I create diagrams or use mind mapping tools. I really like using the SmartArt Graphics in PowerPoint. The visuals below are a summary of what I “read out of the book”, the most important points in my mind and quotes.

Curriculum 21- What does it mean to be educated?

Based on Curriculum 21 (ASCD, 2010) by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

What does it mean to be educated in the 2st Century?
Information Literacy
  • Understanding of knowledge, creation & authority
  • Make meaning of information to create new knowledge
  • Find, evaluate, organize, interpret & distribute information
  • Pattern recognition, critical thinking, perception
  • Gather knowledge to become intelligent vs. apply knowledge
Network Literacy
  • Social production is enabled by power of networks to connect people
  • Nature of learning & teaching
  • Locating experts & eyewitnesses
  • Relationships NOT technologies determine learning
  • Enhancing the process of learning to be (Identity)
Global Literacy
  • Compete. Cooperate & connect with global peers
  • Greater understanding of 95% of world’s population
  • Knowledge-driven global economy
  • Global competency knowledge, language &respect
  • Global perspective
Media Literacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Literary Authority & participatory culture
  • Media is shaping the way students think and express themselves
  • No longer print-centric world
  • Find, analyze, evaluate, organize, remix, store and share media
Student Portfolios
  • Collecting-Selecting-Reflecting
  • Metacognition
  • Gather data about own learning
  • Self-Modifying as lifelong learner
  • Alternative assessment tool
  • Non-linear learning
  • Semantic Web
  • Interdisciplinary linkage to real world applications
  • Global Connectivity
  • Ubiquitous connectivity
  • Learning is social
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Engage students to produce meaningful contributions
  • Students making contributions to learning communities
  • Establishing & maintaining working relationships
  • Tools to share what we learn open up new ways of thinking
  • Professional Development
  • Community
  • Nationally/ Internationally
  • Foreign Languages
New Roles for the Learner & Teachers

Adapted from Alan November (pp. 186-194) in Curriculum21 (ASCD, 2010) by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

Curriculum 21

Adapted from Arthur Costa & Bena Kallick (pp. 210-226) in Curriculum21 (ASCD, 2010) by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

Curriculum Mind Shifts

Adapted from Arthur Costa & Bena Kallick (pp. 223-225) in Curriculum 21 (ASCD, 2010) "by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

Curriculum Upgrade Model

Adapted from Curriculum21 (ASCD, 2010) by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

5 Socio-Technology Trends

Adapted from Stephen Wilmarth's chapter in Curriculum21 (ASCD, 2010) by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

Curriculum Decisions in Schools

Visual based on Heidi Hayes Jacobs in "Curriculum 21" (ASCD, 2010) by Heidi Hayes Jacobs. We need to upgrade curriculum content. She suggests to start with assessments. Decide what kind do we need to keep, what do we need to throw out and each teacher pledges to at least upgrade one assessment type a year.

I also like taking quotes and create visuals of them.

"The real problem is not adding technology to the current organization of the  classroom, but changing the culture of teaching and learning"

Adapted from Alan November (p. 189) in Curriculum 21 (ASCD, 2010) by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

From Cathedral to Bazaar type learning

Based on Steven Wilmarth (pp. 95-96) in Curriculum21 (ASCD, 2010) by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

It is the nature and relevance of reading, writing, and sums that change..

Visual based on quote by Stephen Wilmarth in the book "Curriculum 21" by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

Celebrity in the Mix #BookItForward

Original posting at Learning Personalized:


We are so excited to share our guest blogger this week:

Mrs. P from Mrs. P’s Magic Library!

Mrs. P Bookitforward-1

Her favorite book is Wanda’s Wart – written and illustrated by Robin Robinson

Wanda’s Wart is an all-ages indie picture book about the importance of friendship, honesty—and not being afraid to stand out for what makes you an individual.  This story may be a tool for dealing with certain kinds of bullying, and for kids who run the risk of suppressing their interests and talents just to fit in.  I love the message that we could all be a little more fearless about being ourselves, warts and all.  You can enjoy a reading of this story at my free website too.

 Thank you so much, Mrs. P, for sharing your favorite book and helping us to #BookItForward! If you’d like to see and hear much more from Mrs. P, be sure to visit her Magic Library where you can hear stories, play games, and do lots of fun activities!

 Now it’s your turn!

 What is your recommendation?

#BookItForward encourages people to share a book they love with a person they love. It can be a new book, a used book, or a recommendation for a library book!

Here’s how:

  1. CHOOSE a great book.
  2. GIVE it or recommend it to someone who would enjoy it.
  3. POST a photo of the book tagged with #BookItForward on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
  4. TAG three people in the post to nominate them to #BookItForward next!

Current LumiBook and LivePlanner Users

Your school or district has purchased PD360’s LumiBook and LivePlanner.

Mapping to the Core:
Integrating the Common Core Standards
into Your Local School Curriculum

How can you utilize these resources to support your implementation and professional development?

Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, author of MTTC LumiBook, and Dr. Marie Alcock, Dr. Ann Johnson, and Dr. Debbie Sullivan; authors of Live planner

Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, author of Mapping to the Core LumiBook, with Dr. Marie Alcock, Dr. Ann Johnson,  Dr. Debbie Sullivan; co-authors of the Mapping to the Core LivePlanner

As the authors of the program, we can coach you in implementing Mapping to the Core and help you develop a long term successful plan.   All services are a “mix and match” and can be customized to meet the needs of your school, district, service area, or state agency.


Support for Your Leadership Team

We believe working with a local leadership team is organized to plan and implement the work of MTTC is critical to long term success.    The services below can be targeted and planned to meet the needs of a leadership team in a school, district or service area.

•  Developing Professional Development Plan:

We provide onsite and virtual assistance in developing a comprehensive professional development plan.  This would entail working with your leadership team to clarify their goals and then coach them through the process of developing a professional development plan that includes the training needed for successful implementation.  Schools with clearly stated goals and a “game plan” have found they are more focused and more productive.  This service is customized for an individual school or system and includes: onsite work with the team, virtual follow-up, and/or planning hours if needed.

•  Developing the Capacity to Lead

The role of the district leaders, building principals, and teacher leaders is critical if a school is going to successfully implement the Common Core Standards into the Curriculum.  We coach your team to identify the roles and responsibilities leaders play in the implementation process, clarify the vision and action steps, set realistic goals, and consider digital applications and strategies leaders can use to successfully lead the process in their school or district.  This service is customized for an individual school or system and includes: onsite training, virtual coaching, and/or targeted web sessions.

•  Using LumiBook and LivePlanner to sustain the work

CDI staff can support your plans to implement the CCSS by providing professional development on using the LumiBook and LivePlanner.  These sessions can be targeted as virtual or on-site, depending on the needs of your teachers.
Our goal is to support your leadership team to be prepared to lead and guide the MTTC process. We can help your leadership team utilize the LumiBook and LivePlanner to

  • gain a deeper understanding of the Common Core Standards and determine the implications for curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • develop curriculum maps that align and integrate the Common Core Standards
  • align all elements of the maps to the Common Core Standards
  • support the identification, creation, and alignment of all performance-based assessments through the mapping process.

Curriculum21 Podcast- Episode 16

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano had the opportunity to speak to Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay, two educators who are making a difference in their students’ lives as well as thousands of other students and teachers from around the world.
Vicki is a teacher from Camila Georgia. She blogs on the Coolcatteacher blog and tweets under @coolcatteacher. Julie is the E-Learning Coordinator at Beijing International School. She blogs at E-Learning Journey and tweets under @julielindsay.

These two amazing women are the co-founders of the Flat Classroom Project  and have co-authored the book “Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time“, due to be released in February 2012.

Don’t miss out listening to these dynamic and passionate teachers with concrete advice for any teacher embarking on global education and flattening of their classroom.

Links mentioned in the episode:


Titles available from curriculum21 authors:

Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World

Edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs with Frank W. Baker, Jaimie P. Cloud, Arthur L. Costa, Bena Kallick, Alan November, David Niguidula, Bill Sheskey, Vivien Stewart, Tim Tyson, Stephen Wilmarth
About the Editor and Contributing Authors

(ASCD Premium, Select, and Institutional Plus Member book, January 2010) 6″ x 9″, 251 pages.

Sample Chapters

Purchase this book online.

An Educational Leader’s Guide to Curriculum Mapping
Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Cultures

by Janet A. Hale and Richard F. Dunlap Jr.

(Corwin Press, 2010) 8.5″ x 11″, 200 pages.

Purchase this book online.

The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates, Tools, and Resources for Effective Professional Development

by Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Ann W. Johnson

(ASCD book, 2009) 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″, 124 pages.

Purchase this book online.

A Guide to Curriculum Mapping:
Planning, Implementing, and Sustaining the Process

by Janet A. Hale

(Corwin Press, 2008) 8.5″ x 11″, 328 pages.

Purchase this book online.

Active Literacy Across the Curriculum

by Heidi Hayes Jacobs

(Eye on Education book, 2006) 8.5 x 11 inches / 160 pages.

Purchase this book online.

Keys to Curriculum Mapping: Strategies and Tools to Make It Work

by Susan Udelhofen

(Corwin Press, 2005) 8″ x 10″, 120 pages.

Purchase this book online.

Getting Results with Curriculum Mapping

Edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs with Bena O, Kallick, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Mary Ann Holt, Ann W. Johnson, Valerie Truesdale, Joseph Lachowicz, Claire Thompson, Jennie L. Johnson, Michael Lucas, Stephen O’Neil, James M. Wilson
About the Authors

(ASCD Premium and Select Member book, 2004) 8″ x 10″, 182 pages. Also available as an eBook!

Sample Chapters

Purchase this book online.

The Mentoring Year: A Step-by-Step Program for Professional Development

by Susan Udelhofen

(Corwin Press, 2003) 8 1/2″ x 11″, 264 pages.

Purchase this book online.

Mapping the Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment K-12

by Heidi Hayes Jacobs

(ASCD Premium Member book, May 1997) 8 1/2″ x 11″, 108 pages.

Sample Chapters

Purchase this book online.

What is Curriculum 21?

Curriculum 21 is the outgrowth of the work of a dynamic group of educators worldwide, attempting to help colleagues transform curriculum and school designs to match the needs of 21st century learners.  The impetus originated from the Curriculum Mapping work developed by Dr. Jacobs.

After Dr. Jacobs and her team examined maps emerging across the United States and overseas, it was evident that curriculum and instruction remained dated, although both students and teachers recognized the need to become current and forward-thinking in their planning.

Concrete and practical models for updating school programs are the basis for Dr. Jacobs’ book, Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World (ASCD).

Because of its impact on revising and changing education, Curriculum 21 has become a division of Curriculum Designers Inc, whose goal is to provide a full range of resources and services to all educators and schools involved in the journey of Curriculum Mapping.

Visit our Curriculum 21 podcast channel on iTunes…

c21 podcast channel link

Curriculum21 Podcast- Episode 13

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano and Mike Fisher had the opportunity to visit Stephen Wilmarth and his 1:1 iPad initiative at the Number 1 Middle School attached to Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China.


Curriculum21 Podcast – Episode 4

Episode 4:

Heidi Hayes Jacobs discusses with Bill Sheskey the global impact of the ASCD book Curriculum 21: An Essential Education for a Changing World.

Show Links:

Curriculum Mapping: Technology Issues and Resources

The Indiana Department of Education has developed two of the best print resources available for evaluating where we are now, where we want to be, and how we will get there. These detailed pdf reports have rubrics to evaluate current curriculum, software programs, and excellent definitions of terms. Definitely worth printing out and sharing with all members of both a leadership team and a mapping initiative team.

Major Software Providers:

A number of educators and educational enterprises have been developing software which facilitates computer- and network-based curriculum mapping. We will add resources as more and more come online.
ALL OF THE PROGRAMS we list are reputable. Just as we list various books and resources, we also list various technology groups, leaving it to the professionals at a school to determine what will work best for them.  Clearly many schools develop their own program independently.

Commercial Vendors:

Atlas Curriculum Mapping (Rubicon International)

Build Your Own Curriculum (School Software Group)

Curriculum Mapper (Curriculum Technology)

Curriculum Trak

Curricuplan (Seacliff Education Solutions)


Eduplanet21 UnitPlanner

Open Curriculum

SunGard K-12

Non-Profit Developers:

Greater Southern Tier NY BOCES (Mapster)

Developed by a New York state BOCES, they partner with other districts and have cost-saving arrangements with other BOCES in NY.

Other Resources:

Digital Portfolios

This is the work of David Niguidula in Providence, RI. While not directly Curriculum Mapping, Digital Portfolios are in essence “Individual Student Maps.” Integrating student digital portfolios with mapping has been quite successful.

Newsletter Archive

Copies of past Curriculum Designers Newsletters, many of which have examples of how technology has been integrated into specific schools.

Selecting Software Solutions Powerpoint
These are the slides we use when working with individual schools and districts to develop a software selection plan. Feel free to use any of these slides to facilitate this process with your own faculty, administration, and school board members.

Technology Self Evaluation Worksheet

An easy-to-use evaluation form to use first for self-evaluation and then to facilitate discussion and consensus among leadership team members. Slides 18-21 in the Technology Powerpoint above provide talking points for completing each of the three sections of the form. A must to get all members of the leadership team “on the same page.”

Curriculum Mapping: the Four Phase Development Model

The Four Critical Mapping Phases of Curriculum Development

Our professional development programs are organized around the four critical
* of quality curriculum design and mapping.

View the Four Phase Mapping Videos

Video clips in which Heidi Hayes Jacobs discusses the Four Phases of Curriculum Mapping outlined in her book with Ann Johnson.

Our PD Services pages will show you samples of the different types of workshops that faculty members have facilitated in schools, districts, and organizations for each of the mapping phases.

Laying the Foundation
Prologue for Planners, Establishing Reasons to Map, Creating a Vision for Your School
Launching the Process
Ensuring Long-Term Support, Creating Individual Maps, Initiating the Review Process,
Developing Consensus Maps, Master Mapping Strategies
Maintaining, Sustaining and Integrating
Merging Assessment Data into Maps, Integrating Literacy, Developing an Implementation
Plan/Map, Making the HUB work: Integrating Other Initiatives
Advanced Mapping Tasks
Into the Future: Updating Maps for the 21st Century

Professional Development for Curriculum Mapping: Modules and Maps for Effective Implementation (ASCD) by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Dr. Ann Johnson.