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The Leadership Development Series is designed to create a deep and contextualized understanding of the Iowa Core Curriculum and provide the support necessary for successfully planning and implementing the Iowa Core Curriculum in each school district and building. The Leadership Development Series is presented in six sessions or modules for leadership teams identified by each district. The goals and objectives for each session or module are described below.
 
Goal of the Iowa Core Curriculum Leadership Development Series: Create a statewide Leadership Capacity Building Plan for Action that will provide the foundation necessary for the successful implementation of the Iowa Core Curriculum in each Iowa school district.
 
Module One: Introduce leaders to the intent a purposes of the Iowa Core Curriculum.
Build on specific leadership behaviors that can support and sustain the implementation of the Iowa Core Curriculum.
Identify the implications that the Iowa Core Curriculum has for their district and school building.
Identify responsibilities of leaders at various levels in order to develop a plan for action.
Describe the legislative requirements for the Iowa Core Curriculum.
 
Module Two: Differentiate between first and second order change through real life examples.
Recall and explain the definitions of foundational curriculum terms/
Organize foundational terms into a framework of logical relationships.
Recognize components of teaching for understanding.
 
Module Three:           Develop a deeper understanding of:
·        Characteristics of Effective Instruction
·        Formative Assessment
Remember and explain key alignment concepts and terms.
Build an understanding of the implementation plan framework.
Understand specific aspects of the District Self Study:
·        Purpose and Uses
·        Recommended practices
·        Content: The Iowa Core Curriculum outcomes
·        Roll out schedule and future decisions
Prepare the leadership team to communicate with other staff and stakeholders on ways to communicate the purpose and key features of the Iowa Core Curriculum
 
Module Four: Review the definition of deep conceptual and procedural knowledge.
                     Begin to develop a common vision of what rigorous and relevant curriculum looks like in a classroom.
Deepen participant’s knowledge of the essential concepts and skill sets of the Iowa Core Curriculum.
 
Module Five: Review “Teaching for Understanding”, “Rigor and Relevance”, and “Assessment for Learning”.
Introduce “Student Centered Classrooms” and “Teaching for Learning Differences”.
Use classroom example to clarify and apply knowledge of:
·        Essential Concepts and Skills Sets
·        Characteristics of Effective Instruction
·        Iowa Core Curriculum as it relates to instruction
Continue Implementation Plan Self Study
Prepare Leadership Team to address future Professional Development through Iowa Professional Development Model (IPDM) and Dimensions framework.
 
Module Six:    Discuss rationale for teaching and learning 21st Century Skills.
Examine 21st Century instruction.
Develop answers to key questions.
Identify how alignment of “Essential Concepts and Skills” and “Characteristics of Effective Instruction” can be evident in the classroom.
Identify implications for the Iowa Core Curriculum Implementation Plan within the framework of the six outcomes.
Identify and describe outcomes, targets and actions to design and use in an implementation plan.
Identify initial connections among the various outcomes of the implementation in order to design a plan that makes a coordinated and cohesive effort to incorporate the Iowa Core Curriculum into content, instruction and assessment.
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