Learning Center

Want to learn more about curriculum alignment? You've come to the right place! 

In the Alignment Learning Center, you will find a wide range of information, resources, and opportunities to collaborate in real-time with other educators about all things curriculum alignment. Whether you are a teacher, administrator, consultant, or other type of educator, there is something for you in this Center. Check out the three Learning Stations below, and come back often to learn and share. 

Learning Station #1 

Iowa Curriculum Alignment Toolkit (I-CAT)

In this section will you find information related to the Iowa Curriculum Alignment Toolkit (I-CAT). 
This link will take you to a page where you can learn more about what the I-CAT is all about, including links to pertinent background information, research, and training materials.

This link will take you to a page where you can access, view, and download all of the forms, checklists, and guides associated with the I-CAT.

This is a link to the log in page for the I-CAT.

This is a link to frequently asked questions pertaining specifically to the I-CAT.

Videos
This link will take you to a page of how-to videos for using the I-CAT.




Learning Station #2

Online Collaborative Learning Environments

In this section you will find links to several different online learning environment environments that are intended to both inform and to encourage collaborative learning. Find the environment that best fits your learning needs by clicking once on the corresponding picture.

Live Chat

This link will take you to a page where you can engage in live chats with Brad Niebling, Heartland's Alignment Specialist. Brad will come and go from this environment, so check back often to catch him with a quick question or idea.


Virtual Office Hours

This link will take you to a page that will get you connected to the webinar software used by Heartland, Adobe® Acrobat® Connect™ Pro. Brad Niebling, Heartland's Alignment Specialist, will hold scheduled virtual office hours, as well as other online learning opportunities.

Alignment Services Blog

This link will take you to a blog embedded in this wiki related to curriculum alignment and things that impact curriculum alignment in Iowa. If you would like to go directly to the blog itself, click this link here.

Twitter 

This link will take you to a page with several options for using Twitter to collaborate with others about curriculum alignment. (Coming Soon)

Google Groups

*UPDATE 12/21/10* Ok, I got really bad information, and I should know better. Google Groups is not going to close soon . This Group will therefore be put on "play" soon after January 1, 2011. I apologize for not getting my facts straight.

This link will take you to a page where you can explore and contribute to message/discussion boards related to curriculum alignment.

Moodle Courses

This is a link to Moodle courses on alignment offered by Heartland AEA and the Iowa Department of Education. (page coming soon) 


Learning Station #3

Why Alignment Matters

In this section you will find a variety of pages, documents, and other resources related to foundational alignment concepts.


History of Alignment (Coming Soon)

Best Practices Framework (Coming Soon)

This link will take you to a page where you can learn about the research behind why alignment matters in the pursuit of the vision of the Iowa Core.

This link will take you to a page where you can learn about key policy considerations that have shaped the Iowa Core to date, and the ties to alignment.
 

This is a link to some external alignment resources that you can use for digging deeper into others' ideas about alignment.