July 21st, 2015

Every Summer Needs a Plan

You attend curriculum meetings. You organize standards. You develop libraries of new lessons. Let’s face it, curriculum managers spend most of their summer finding ways to connect curriculum to the classroom.

Luckily, NYLearns is here to help you salvage your summer, AND save you valuable time during the upcoming school year.

With a few quick tips from NYLearns, you can create curriculum map templates in no time.

1. Naming Conventions

Naming your templates is important for staying organized. A consistent naming convention like [Name of School – Subject – Grade Level] speeds up curriculum mapping by allowing you to select the correct template quickly when beginning a new map.

2. Standards Alignment

Most columns in your curriculum map will use the HTML editor for entering content. However, the “Standards” column will use “Standards Alignment” editor.

Under “Column Tool,” choose “Standards Alignment” for the column(s) in which you will enter standards. It’s that easy.

3. Save Your Work!

Once you’ve added all necessary columns to your template, be sure to click the “Save All Columns” button.

4. Tags

Tag your templates with pertinent subject areas, courses, grade levels, and time frames. If this is a “district” template used throughout the year, check all tags for the appropriate areas. Tagging your templates makes your maps searchable in your curriculum database.

5. Make Templates Accessible to Teachers

Once you’ve created a template, make sure teachers can select it when creating curriculum maps. To make a template visible to curriculum planners, click the red “Offline” icon to publish your template, or make it “Online.”

Of course, if you have any further questions about any of our tools, our help desk is here all summer. Send us an email, live chat, give us a call, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #AskNYLearns

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