Review the problem statement on Page 14.
Explain whether you think this draft meets checklist and Rubric standards.
Justify for your evaluation.
Use APA style with citations.
Many school districts across the country are faced with the problem of aligning curricula with state standards used to monitor Adequate Yearly Progress. The alignment process necessitates collaborative agreement among teachers as to common standards by
course and vertical articulation to ensure scaffolding in rigor of content and process skills associated with course standards.
The Jacobs model of curriculum mapping is not a quick fix for this problem; rather, it is a complex and potentially expensive process which represents a large-scale change initiative for public school districts that are dedicated to improving the teaching and learning process (Hale, 2008). Fullan (2001) contended that large-scale reform “means changing the cultures of the classrooms, the schools, [and] districts” (p. 7), all of which are extremely resistant to change.
There are many possible factors contributing to this resistance, among which are misunderstanding the magnitude of change represented by an initiative and its impact on stakeholders; misunderstanding that change is a process rather than an event and therefore requires on-going resource provisions and monitoring; and misunderstanding that components within the change initiative might not be conducive to organizational cultures and mental models 15 (Chenoweth & Everhart, 2002; Evans, 1996; Fullan, 2001; Jellison, 2006; Marzano, Waters, & McNulty, 2005; Senge, 2006).
This study will contribute to the body of knowledge needed to address this problem by exploring how teachers and administrators perceived the impact of the Jacobs model of curriculum mapping on leadership roles and responsibilities. Understanding how the implementation process impacted perceptions of leadership roles and responsibilities also expands current knowledge about the leadership factors that inhibit or promote buy-in and sustainability of the Jacobs model of curriculum mapping.
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