Building a Strong Foundation

RIDE has designed a program to respond to the needs expressed around standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment statewide. The focus of this work is the core content areas: Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts, and Social Studies.

Building a Strong Foundation (BSF) began as the Mathematics Science Partnerships (MSP) Grant with cohorts in mathematics and in science, and has since expanded through use of Race to the Top funds. It seeks to increase instructional coherence at all levels of the system by aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment to each other and to the state standards (including Common Core and the RI GLEs/GSEs).

Projects

  • Focus on the education of mathematics and science teachers as a career-long process that continuously stimulates teachers' intellectual growth and upgrades teachers' knowledge and skills; and
  • Develop more rigorous mathematics and science curricula that are aligned with challenging State and local academic content standards and with the standards expected for postsecondary study in engineering, mathematics, and science.

Yearly Reports for BSF


Intensive Curriculum Development

Curriculum work takes place over a two year period (except for Cohort 1, which is 3 years).  In year one, the cohort develops a standards-based scope and sequence for the chosen content area (currently math or science).  In year two, the cohort develops units of study aligned to the scope and sequence.  Teachers participates in sessions and employ the Professional Teaching Model to create lessons for the units of study.  After development, both pieces are implemented for a year and revised as needed.  Once the scope and sequence and units of study have reached a certain level of finality, both components will become available through the to-be-created instructional management system for other districts to adopt.

Intensive work requires a very high commitment from each district involved in a cohort.  All principals and district administrators are required to be involved.  At least two teachers per grade level (or one per school) are required to be involved in the development of the scope and sequence and of the units of study. 

Cohort LEA School Years Funding
Math 1 Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket 2009-10,
2010-11,
2011-12
MSP
(Year 1),
Race to the Top
(Year 2)
Math 2 Warwick 2010-11,
2011-12
MSP
Math 3 Chariho, East Greenwich, Exeter-West Greenwich, Jamestown, Narragansett, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Westerly 2011-12,
2012-13
Race
to the Top
Math 4 Barrington, Bristol-Warren, Little Compton, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton 2012-13,
2013-14
Race
to the Top
Science 1 Cranston 2009-10,
2010-11,
2011-12
MSP
Science 2 Portsmouth, Bristol-Warren, Little Compton, Tiverton 2010-11,
2011-12
MSP
Science 3 Central Falls, Beacon Charter School, Blackstone Valley Charter School, Segue Charter School 2012-13,
2013-14
Race
to the Top
ELA 1 East Providence, Pawtucket 2011-12,
2012-13
Race
to the Top
ELA 2 Foster, Glocester, Scituate, Warwick 2013-14,
2014-15* *
(alternative funding)
Race
to the Top
Social Studies 1 Burrillville, Cumberland, Lincoln, Smithfield, Woonsocket 2013-14,
2014-15* *
(alternative funding)
Race
to the Top

Guided Adoption Process

Once each set of model curriculum and its units of study has been implemented and finalized, it will be available for other districts to adopt through the to-be-created instructional management system. 

Adoption work includes: research of the standards, examination of existing scope and sequence, and thoughtful consideration of LEA resources and culture.  The final product is a standards-aligned, district-viable curriculum done over a condensed period of time.

There are currently two pilot cohorts of districts who are currently working through a guided adoption process: Science Cohort 1 is adopting the Math Cohort 1 scope and sequence and units of study and aligning it to the CCSS for Mathematics; the Math Cohort 1 districts are adopting the Science Cohort 1 scope and sequence and units of study.

Cohort LEA Timeline
Math 1 Adoption Cranston Summer 2011 -
Fall 2012
Science 1 Adoption Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket Summer 2011 -
Fall 2012

What are ISPs and why are they important to this work?

ISPs are Intermediary Service Providers.  Without ISPs, this curriculum work would take more time to complete, and fewer districts, schools, and teachers would have access to these sessions and resources.

  • ISPs are experienced educators who provide high quality professional development to teachers and administrators for the intensive curriculum work and/or for Study the Common Core State Standards.
  • ISPs facilitate sessions on a variety of protocols in particular content area(s) and/or leadership that aid teachers and administrators in developing or improving standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • ISPs are currently involved in intensive curriculum work with several cohorts of districts who are each creating a standards-based guaranteed and viable curriculum in either math or science.  ISPs are also facilitating Study the Common Core State Standards workshops to help districts meet their Race to the Top commitments.
  • ISPs get certified by participating in a rigorous training process coordinated by education specialists from the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • More information about how to become an ISP can be found in the links and documents below.

ISP Protocol Certification Process

To become an ISP, an educator must meet the requirements outlined in the RFP, take part in an interview process, commit to the duration of the work, and adhere to the professional standard of conduct for ISPs.

Once accepted as an ISP-in-training, the educator then participates in rigorous training to become certified in the various protocols offered by the Dana Center.  ISPs are certified in a particular protocol after participating in rigorous training.  ISPs typically are trained in either the leadership strand of protocols or in the curriculum strand, but can become certified in protocols from the other strand after additional training.  ISPs participate in each protocol of that strand as participants, and then are trained on how to facilitate that protocol with the materials.  After a period of review and preparation, ISPs (in pairs) facilitate a session on that particular protocol as their "certification" session.  After a successful certification session, ISPs are then able to facilitate sessions (along with another ISP) in that particular protocol without the guidance of a Dana Center education specialist.  ISPs can only facilitate a session in a protocol if they have been certified in that protocol, even if they have participated in the training for it and are certified in other protocols. 

This process ensures that all session participants receive equally high-quality professional development for a particular protocol regardless of the ISP facilitating.  Please note: the protocols that ISPs are certified to deliver are copyrighted (as are the materials) by the Dana Center and as such are not posted on this site.

2011 Information for Curriculum ISP Applicants [PDF, 36KB]

Current ISP Work

Intermediary Service Providers (ISPs) delivered Study the Common Core State Standards workshop sessions to all local education agencies (LEAs) who signed on to Race to the Top, resulting in participation of over 4,000 educators.

Stand-alone sessions will be offered to districts and schools who would like to purchase additional sessions of Study of the Standards beyond the Race to the Top funding.  These sessions will be facilitated by the ISPs who have been certified by the Dana Center as able to deliver quality sessions that are faithful to the Dana Center's style and content.  A district or school can choose to have a set of ISPs deliver one or many sessions for their district or school alone, or can work together with other districts or schools for a set of sessions.  ISPs do not have the authority to coordinate a sessions with you - instead, if you are interested in having them facilitate a session, please contact Kate Schulz for details.

Site Documents

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