It all started when I attended a regional Curriculum Mapping Institute in Boca Raton, Florida in 2010. You can read the blog posts I wrote during the conference here:
- Twittering at a Conference
- Curriculum Mapping-Launching Pads to the Future
- Curriculum Mapping- Upgrading Content, Skills, and Assessment
- Curriculum Mapping: The Process to Consensus
- Four Phases of Curriculum Mapping Training
- Creating Consensus Maps- Setting Direction in a School
Having not heard had Heidi Hayes Jacobs and her team before this Regional Conference, I have to say that I was mesmerized. I was finally hearing someone put into words what I had been thinking and intuitively doing in the classrooms. All I remember thinking was: Yes, Yes, Yes!
A couple of months after the Regional Conference, Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ book Curriculum 21 (ASCD 2010) was published. I blogged extensively as I was reading the book and started to implement the concepts at school. Since that “fateful” first encounter, I became a faculty member of the Curriculum 21 team. It is an extreme honor to be part of and learn with this group of talented, dedicated and visionary group of educators.
This July 2011 the National Curriculum Mapping Institute will again be held in Saratoga Springs, NY. I want to personally invite the readers of Langwitches to consider attending any of the academies or main conference during CMI2011. There will be a galore of Curriculum 21 workshops, roundtables, think tanks, consultations, etc. in addition to Curriculum Mapping sessions.
If you are considering catapulting your teaching practice or your school culture into the 21st century, this is the PD conference for you this summer.
Let me know if you are attending and we can organize a Langwitches meet-up. 🙂