Overview

In this part of the session, the participant will discuss the results of the pre-assessment, be exposed to the 12 step process of conceptual unit development, consider why a concept-based framework is a useful tool to develop local curricula, and finally reflect on his or her readiness to engage in conceptual unit development.

Objectives

The learning objectives associated with this part of the session are:
1. Follow the Unit Plan Development Process to create a quality conceptual unit.
11. How to apply the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards in the Social Studies classroom.

Aligned North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards

Standard I - Teachers demonstrate leadership.
Standard III - Teachers know the content that they teach.
Standard V - Teachers reflect on their practice.

Learning Targets

After this part of the session, participants will be able to do the following statements:

  • I can describe my comfort level with conceptual unit plan development.
  • I can explain why a concept-based framework is a useful tool to develop local curricula.




I. Welcome to the General Session!

During this first part of the day, we will work together to:

  • Discuss your Pre-Assessment Results
  • Understand why a concept-based framework is a useful tool to develop local curricula
  • Provide a brief overview of the Unit Development Process

II. The Pre-Assessment

This first thing that we need to do is consider your pre-assessment results. There were several benefits in completing the Pre -Assessment. First, it gives us a general idea concerning where you personally stand in developing a conceptual unit development. It is also an opportunity for you to reflect on your progress in the concept based unit development process. As well as, modeling effective instructional practices.

If you have not done so already, take a moment to download the rubric and use it as we go over the pre-assessment. This is just one of the tools that we will be using to consider where you will be spending the day. YOU will decide at the end of the General Session who you will work with to explore conceptual unit development.

III. Time for Reflection

Before we get into our overview of the Unit Development Process and begin our work, take a few minutes and reflect on your experiences with unit development and any questions you may have. If you have not yet done so, complete the tally sheet that you were provided at the start of the session.

IV. The Concept-Based Framework and the Unit Development Process

The 12 steps of the Unit Development Process are integral to ensuring quality units and effective instruction in the social studies classroom. Let's take a few minutes and return to our PowerPoint to review the 12 steps and consider why the concept-based framework holds such potential for local curricula! The 12 Step Process is also provided for you here and covered in greater detail elsewhere in this wiki.



Disclaimer
Digital tools used during the course of this presentation have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing digital environment, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these tools are the exclusive digital tools for the purposes outlined during the presentation.

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