How can we streamline a bloated curriculum that piles relentless demands on teachers and students? This workshop will address not only the problem but a process for determining what to cut out, cut back, consolidate and create in your school setting K-12. But, there is more. It is insufficient to simply remove curriculum. There is a need for a refreshed approach to the layout and messaging of curriculum which deliberately engages students and revitalizes teachers enthusiasm when designing learning experiences. How can we refresh and modernize curriculum in collaboration with our students? Shifting the writing of curriculum away from coverage and work through the lens of narrative and employing a storyboarding approach is compelling and accessible to both students and their families.

The workshop is based on Heidi’s recently published new book, Streamlining the Curriculum: Using the Storyboarding Approach to Frame Compelling Student Journeys, co-authored with the brilliant Allison Zmuda published by ASCD.
Outcomes for participants:
Process and strategies for implementing a streamlining review of curriculum in your setting.
  • Case studies in the review process to share with colleagues.
  • Tools and templates for storyboarding a course or program.
  • Strategies for working with a faculty or team on making the shift to storyboarding.
  • Strategies for working with students as co-curriculum designers on storyboarding.
  • Draft of a storyboard with feedback from Dr. Jacobs
Session 1: Streamlining the Curriculum: Moving to Storyboarding
  • Examine the case and need for streamlining.
  • Examine the problems inherent with many existing templates.
  • Consider an approach to streamlining based and making choices for what to cut back, cut out, consolidate and create in a school setting.
  • Examine examples of how the process works and the benefits.
  • Examine the necessary choices when moving from coverage into storyboading.
Session 2: Curriculum as Narrative through Storyboarding
  • Examine the elements of storyboarding and the narrative approach.
  • Examine multiple examples of storyboards from schools throughout the world.
  • Consider the importance of layouts and easy to access language.
  • Consider the role of visuals and iconography in storyboarding.
  • Examine the impact on students when they access the storyboard.
  • Examine approaches to engage students in creating their own storyboards.
  • Consider the elements of genre, setting, plot-lines in laying out any course and in any subject.
  • Explore implementation models for a school.
Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs is internationally recognized for her seminal work in contemporary curriculum design, vertical mapping and modernizing responsive school environments. She prizes her work directly with schools in all settings of every kind, whether public, private, secular, sectarian, on-site, or virtual. Dr. Jacobs’s models on curriculum mapping world are the basis for software solutions used throughout the world. Dr. Jacobs has engaged in projects with a wide array of both national and international organizations and companies such as ASCD, NAESP, Learning Forward, the European Council of International Schools, the Near East School Association, the College Board, ADK International Sino-Canadian Schools in China, New Zealand’s Learning Network, the Kennedy Center, the Peace Corps World Wise Schools, Carnegie Hall, Australia ISV, the United Nations Council on Teaching about the UN, the Near East School Association, the International Baccalaureate, the NY State Higher Education Commission, the CCSSO workgroup on Global Competencies, AASA, Newsela, Amazon Studios, and the Waterford Institute. The author of thirteen books including the best-selling Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments (ASCD) with co-author, Marie Alcock. Dr. Jacobs is laser-focused on how professionals, learners, and families can make choices to best prepare students for the future and is currently in collaboration with Allison Zmuda on developing tools, approaches, and a book on how to move forward post-pandemic with fresh approaches and building on lessons learned.

28th March and 4th April 2024

Each session is for 2 hours

28th March 2024
New York 6:00 am | London 10:00 am | Zurich 11:00 am | Dubai 2:00 pm | India 3:30 pm | Hong Kong 6:00 pm
Melbourne 9:00 pm

4th April 2024
New York 6:00 am | London 11:00 am | Zurich 12:00 pm | Dubai 2:00 pm | India 3:30 pm | Hong Kong 6:00 pm
Melbourne 9:00 pm

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USD 300 Per Participant
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 6 Professional Development Hours.
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