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Curriculum Planning

Looking for ways to develop dynamic, compelling, and standards-based course content and activities? This is the place to start.

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The good curriculum is in the details, so focus your teacher super powers on the granular aspects of planning ahead for the new school year.

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A middle-school language arts teacher takes us through her step-by-step process for designing project-based units that are Common Core aligned.

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