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2014 NAGC Curriculum Studies Network Award


Competition Guidelines

Contact Information

Please contact Christine Briggs of the Curriculum Studies Network at cbriggs@louisiana.edu with any questions on the information below.

Submission Deadline

All submissions must be postmarked by June 2, 2014  Please send your materials to:

NAGC Curriculum Studies Award
c/o Christine Briggs
105 Briargate Walk Circle
Lafayette, LA  70503

Documents Required

  • Three (3) complete copies of your unit and all support materials. One will be archived in NAGC office and the other two will be used by evaluators. Units will not be returned.

Submission Limitations

  • Any individual, institution, or organization may submit or sponsor only two (2) units total per year.
  • You must be a member of NAGC to participate. Click to join now if you are not.

Competition Fee

A $15.00 submission fee is required per unit (no more than 2 units per individual, institution, or organization). Please make your checks out to NAGC and include with your materials.

Award Distribution

No more than six (6) awards will be given by the Network to individuals collaborating on one unit. Additional awards (apples) are available for purchase through the Curriculum Network for units with more than six authors. Awards will be presented at the 2014 NAGC Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland (November 13-16, 2014).

Scoring Information

  • Any unit receiving two (2) scores of 2 on rubric attributes will be eliminated from the competition.
  • If a score of 2 is earned in either the differentiation or talent development, the unit will be eliminated from the competition.
  • Implementation of curriculum is required. Evidence of student(s)' growth is a critical rubric element.

Feedback

Lead authors of winning curriculum units will be notified in writing no later than August 31, 2014 to ensure winners can make arrangements to attend the NAGC Annual Convention to receive their award and take advantage of early registration. While qualitative feedback will be sent to the lead author, actual copies of rubrics used by scorers will not be distributed.

Required Parameters

Before a unit will be evaluated the following must be present:

  • A goal statement for unit/objective tied to national or state standards and benchmarks.
  • Unit to rubric explanation: For each attribute in the rubric, explain how the submitted unit addresses the criteria found in that attribute. This might include highlights of lesson elements that address differentiation, opportunities for talent development, how student growth is measured, etc. For example, Evidence of Use: "The unit was used in two 4th grade, heterogeneous classrooms. Students demonstrated growth through pre/post tests, reflective journals and teacher-student interviews. The results indicated increased knowledge of the content and skills in the area of cultural anthropology." State concepts, principles, methodologies and dispositions in unit explanation.
  • Self-assessment: For each of the criteria included in the rubric, explain how the submitted unit addresses the criteria/attributes. For each section, include a summary of the ways the unit demonstrates the criteria. For example, this might include highlights of lesson elements that address differentiation, opportunities for talent development, how student growth is measured, etc. 
  • Unit submissions must be self-contained. Everything that is needed for evaluating the unit must be submitted with the unit. Evaluators will not do outside research.
  • To be considered for an award, submitted units must include evidence of effectiveness (student growth). This can include copies of student work samples, pre/post assessments, student case study describing individual student growth as result of this unit.
  • The unit must demonstrate appropriate challenge for use with gifted students grouped in heterogeneous instructional settings or gifted classrooms.
  • Written components of the unit must be complete and substantive. For example: unit must be written to allow outside teachers to implement individual lessons. This would include activities, resources, step by step instructions, teacher questions/talk, and background information for teacher knowledge.
     

Rubric

The scoring rubric will only be applied to those units meeting the above criteria. In preparation for submission, please review the rubrics to be aware of the required components.  In 2009, the Curriculum Studies Network began to pilot a revised rubric. Each qualifying unit was assessed with the ORIGINAL RUBRIC and the PILOT RUBRIC.  We are still examining the pilot rubric and reviewers apply both rubrics to each submissions.  However, the ORIGINAL RUBRIC will still be used for award decisions for 2012.  We appreciate any feedback and or suggestions you might have regardin the PILOT RUBRIC.  Please send any comments to  cbriggs@louisiana.edu.