ACTE Techniques October 2011 : Page 40

CoMMoN CoRE STATE STANDARDS Making Connections: Integrating Computer Applications With the Academic Core By CHRISTI HARTER I n order to improve the quality of technology instruction, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Business Department in the Spokane Public School district has aligned its Computer Applications (CA) course to the district’s ninth-grade Springboard (Language Arts) curriculum, Algebra I curriculum, and the Culminating Project (senior project) requirement. These efforts were intended to provide more specific curriculum support to core content areas which would, in turn, support students in the pursuit of meeting standards on local and state assessments. This cross-curriculum integration has provided multiple learning opportunities for us: • Our business teachers have become more aware of how data-driven decision-making affects the curriculum development process. • Teachers have also gained a better understanding of the CTE and core content standards. • Teachers have implemented best-practice instructional strategies based on standards. • We have learned how new courses need to be implemented to fit with the master schedule. PHoTo By ISToCk.CoM 40 Techniques OCTOBER 2011

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