During the March 9, 2017 regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting the WUSD Trustees approved the Educator Effectiveness Funding (EFF) Plan. The EFF plan requires one-time grant funds to support professional development of certificated teachers, administrators, and paraprofessional educators for coaching and support for improvement, standards based professional development and/or promoting the quality and effectiveness. Specifically, the WUSD EFF Plan outlines a Rigorous Curriculum Design (RCD) process. RCD is a process for developing an effective, engaging curriculum that increases student achievement for all students.
In April, The Sacramento Bee published a Request for Proposal (RFP) requesting consulting and curriculum development and delivery services for transforming instruction for all students. Through the utilization of an evaluation rubric, the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) was chosen to support WUSD in the RCD process. In May, the Board of Trustees approved a consulting agreement with ICLE to be thought partners with WUSD to implement the RCD process.
Through the RCD process, WUSD teacher leaders and administration will learn how to:
- Design grade or course specific units of study
- Lay the foundation for designing a connected K-12 curriculum
- Use formative assessment, performance tasks, and data analysis to guide instruction
- Implement a collaborative, problem solving approach to analyze student data and work together in the intervention and enrichment process
- Organize, implement and sustain the model system wide
To implement the RCD process the WUSD Educational Services Department created the DREAM Team. A request went out to all certificated staff members to apply to be part of this team. Over 60 certificated educators applied. After an informational interview session, 43 K-8th and 19 9-12th grade educators joined the DREAM Team. The team includes general education and Special Education classroom teachers as well as English Learner and Reading Intervention.