Aligned Curriculum and Assessment Support Student Success

Cassandra Gonzalez, Curriculum and Assessment

Rudland, J. (2018). Aligned Curriculum and Assessment Support Student Success. Retrieved from

Summary: The article discusses collaborative thinking and curriculum design by administrators and teachers. Rudland proposes creating a district consensus for student learning that is agreed upon by all parties involved.

Evaluation: Redesigning the curriculum with all the right parties including the students centered toward student success would be a huge step for the education system. I would like to see more districts adopt this policy.

Digitally Inspired Thinking: Can social media lead to deep learning in higher education?

Macchio, Erica


Samuels-Peretz, D., Dvorkin Camiel, L., Teeley, K., and Banerjee, G. (2017). Digitally inspired thinking: can social media lead to deep learning in higher education? College Teaching, 65:1, 32-39.

Social media allows us to learn about many topics.  While perusing all these different topics on the many social media forums we get the yearning to learn more about items of interest.  Social media can lead to higher learning because it forces us to explore more about the little tidbits of information we come across.

Evaluation: I found this article useful because it made me think about how social media has become a big part of the way we learn.


Collaboration in Teacher Design Teams: Untangling the Relationship Between Experiences of the Collaboration Process and Perceptions of the Redesigned Curriculum.

Macchio, Monica


(2019). Collaboration in teacher design teams: Untangling the relationship between experiences of the collaboration process and perceptions of the redesigned curriculum. Studies in Educational Evaluation61, 138–149.

This article is about a case study about teachers and their perceptions of collaborative teaching.  Depicts the positive aspects of teacher design teams.  Teachers are able to put into the curriculum topics of their choice and the article reflects on the teachers’ positive perceptions regarding this process.

Evaluation:  While at times methodical, it was an interesting read and one in which those interested in collaboration should look into.


6 Powerful strategies for deeper learning in your classroom

Schindler, Christine


Martinez, M.R. (2019). 6 Powerful strategies for deeper learning in your classroom. (Teacher Thought) Retrieved from

Summary: The article is an introduction to Dr. Monica Martinez’s book “Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools are Transforming Education in the Twentieth-First Century”. Dr. Martinez argues that the traditional method schools are teaching middle school and high school students-through rote memorization in a structured environment- is not the path to developing critically thinking, engaged students with excellent communication skills. The way forward is through self-directed learning using six identified teaching strategies.

  1. Connect: Create a community of learners
  2. Empower: Activate students to lead their own learning
  3. Contextualize: Use human themes
  4. Reach: Network beyond school walls
  5. Inspire: Personalize the learning
  6. Wire: Make Technology the servant, not the master

Evaluation: While the article is brief, the strategies as presented, are clear & concise in direction and format.