for Integrating Curriculum
and for Project-Based Learning
Institute for Education (BIE) is
a non-profit research and evaluation organization
dedicated to improving schools by advancing knowledge
about the practice of teaching and the process
of learning. Located in Northern California, the
Institute provides materials, training and technical
assistance on project-based learning, problem-based
learning with a special focus on economics, and
internships. See their downloadable material on
Based Learning, Teacher’s
Manual for Problem-Based Economics and
Institute Handbooks for Internship (for
employers, students and teachers).
Academy Support Network (CASN), located
at U.C. Berkeley, on its website, offers a number
of resources to assist teachers in curriculum
integration. The home page has the "Teaching
and Learning Guide" for Career Academies
that lists the best 75 websites for locating curriculum
that fits well in academies, including projects.
on the California
Partnership Academy Integrated Curriculum Development
Project and Curriculum
Integration Report: Action Projects
offer a set of example integrated curriculum
projects developed and tried out by the academies
involved, across a variety of career fields.
These project descriptions have common formats,
with abstracts, goals, implementation, culminating
activity, and student and project assessment
spelled out (generally 3-5 pages long).
15-minute video with an overview of the Career
Academy Integrated Curriculum that shows
an academy team of teachers working to develop
an integrated project. It demonstrates the basic
steps in this process, including how teachers
from different disciplines can examine what
they're covering and find points of commonality
around which to develop integrated projects.
CASN’s "Career Academy Course
Sequences" report draws on several
sources to sketch the courses typically included
in well-run academies in seven career fields
(e.g., health biosciences, business/finance,
computers/info tech, tourism/hospitality, engineering/construction,
arts/communications, and environmental science/natural
resources). Sample curriculum is also included,
with references to more in-depth sources.
Pathway Rubric, developed by Roman
Stearns and Peter Crabtree available here for
download in .
Projects Forward and Backwards
(Patricia Clark, EASTBAY Learns). It is an outline
for implementing project-based learning. Designing
learning standards or existing curriculum that
you want to teach or enrich with a project and
guides you through the planning steps. Designing
Backward starts with a project idea (an issue/problem
in your school, community or workplace) and then
guides you through the planning steps.
for Workforce Education (IWE) designs
and delivers custom-tailored staff development
to meet the needs of business, education, and
community partnerships. It promotes workforce
education for schools and communities through
professional development, technical assistance
and training. IWE provides lesson plans, sorted
by the following career paths: Arts & Communications,
Business, Management & Technology, Health
Services, Human Services, Industrial & Engineering
Technology, and Natural Resources & Agriculture.
for the Future has many resources
and publications on their website. See Connected
Learning Communities – A Toolkit for Reinventing
Demonstration Research Corporation
has a directory that lists guides and handbooks,
articles, documents for purchase, resources available
upon request, newsletters and journals, evaluations
and research, websites and additional funding all
with direct link. See Getting
Connected – A Resource Directory for Career
Associates is an educational research
and evaluation firm that offers publications and
technical assistance. See their Getting
to Work Guide on Integrated Curriculum,
offering worksheets and instruction for the implementation
and assessment of integrated curriculum.
Academy Foundation is a national
network of career academies centered around three
themes finance, travel & tourism, and information
technology. Their resource
center has resources and tools applicable
to any career theme. Their Academy Planning
Guide is available here on .
Career Academy Coalition (NCAC),
is a coalition of schools, teachers, students
and business that support career academies. See
Academy Toolkit for an action plan and
New Urban High School: A Practitioner's Guide
Big Picture Company) Excerpts from The New
Urban High Schools: A Practitioner's Guide
scanned and posted with permission from The Big
Picture Company. Docutment
"Project Guide" on
pages 82-108 and "Integrated Curriculum Unit
(ICU) Guide" on pages 139-158.
for College and Careers: A Guide for Organizing
Learning Around Career Themes is
available by calling Peralta Community College
District at (510) 466-7210.
Learning with Multimedia was developed
through the Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project.
The site has general literature on Project-Based
Learning, Curriculum and Activities based around
multimedia and classroom examples.
Project at Amador Valley High School
(Debbie Emerson-Forbes, Health and Bioscience
Academy Coordinator, Dianna Damon, English Teacher)
an example of project-based
learning in a multidisciplinary integrated curriculum
Learning Communities is a federally
funded program that creates small sub-schools
within large high schools.
State Office of Education offers
a complete Curriculum
Integration Packet with sections on Curriculum
Mapping, a Calendar to plot when core content
and skills will be taught, Core Applications -
determination of core content and process skills
to be included in the unit, Essential Questions
that bring meaning and coherence to the integrated
units, Student Inquiry, Assessment and Reflection.