Instructional Systems Design and Capacity Building

edCount provides high-quality, research-based technical assistance to state and local clients that wish to improve the alignment and delivery of classroom instruction, as well as the administrative processes that support it. Our instructional alignment and capacity building services focus on collaborating with stakeholders to create systemic resources such as curriculum, professional development materials, and supplemental tools to support teachers and administrators in their jobs. We strive to assist practitioners with their short- and long-term needs by building the capacity to continue to implement, grow, and evaluate such systems themselves.

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Clerc Center Transition to Common Core State Standards: Gap Analysis, Transition Planning, Curriculum Development, Instructional Alignment, and Professional Learning

Beginning in 2012, edCount assisted the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center in their transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), supporting the development of curricular and professional learning resources to help educators integrate the new standards into practice.

When the Clerc Center first adopted the CCSS, edCount conducted a gap analysis and created a summary of differences between the Clerc Center’s previous standards and the CCSS. edCount and the Clerc Center collaborated to identify key priorities and timelines for curriculum changes and additions, and designed a multi-year implementation schedule for the new academic content standards. edCount also identified or developed CCSS implementation tools and resources to support the Clerc Center’s transition.

During this transition, edCount helped to redesign a comprehensive curricula in reading, mathematics, and science for grades K-12 at the Clerc Center, to include ancillary materials such as scope and sequence documents, curriculum maps, and pacing charts to support teachers’ implementation of the new curriculum. edCount staff worked closely with the Clerc Center community to ensure the development of appropriate materials for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Also during  this transition, edCount designed and led  a summer institute for teachers at the Clerc Center. The institute focused on the alignment of standard-based instruction to the rigorous CCSS and increased performance expectations. edCount also designed and delivered  a complementary professional learning strategy, emphasizing instructional leadership and teacher collaboration to examine, discuss, improve, and sustain effective content and pedagogical practices in schools and classrooms. 

edCount Develops Grade 1 English Language Arts Curriculum Prototype for K-12 OER Collaborative

In spring 2015, edCount, LLC along with partners Clarity Innovations and Educational Systemics, collaborated to develop a prototype curriculum package for grade 1 English language arts funded by the K-12 OER Collaborative, an initiative led by 11 states and numerous nonprofit organizations aimed at creating free, high-quality open educational resources for K-12 English language arts and mathematics. The newly founded K-12 OER Collaborative solicited proposals for the creation of open educational resources that are openly licensed under CC BY 4.0 for educators and others worldwide to freely and legally use, adapt, and redistribute.

As part of the prototype development, edCount’s developed a technology-enhanced curriculum package for grade 1, which served to triangulate three closely-aligned components – curriculum, instruction, and classroom-based assessment – that serve as the foundation for achieving specific student outcomes. The K-2 ELA curriculum also includes four pillars of focus: research-based literacy practices, horizontal and vertical articulation of standards-based outcomes, differentiation to meet the literacy needs of all learners, and technology-enhanced curriculum components. 

edCount was thrilled to take part in this important work, which aims to provide teachers with high-quality, dynamic and easily-modifiable resources to help customize instruction to meet the needs of all students. edCount brings expertise in curriculum development, standards implementation, assessment alignment, and differentiated instruction to this and other similar projects.