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June 11, 2024

How to Write a Strategic and Engaging Curriculum Unit (Maria Nielsen)

In this episode, we speak with Maria Nielsen - former school principal, current education consultant, and author of the new Solution Tree book - 15 Day Challenge: Simplify and Energize Your PLC at Work.


We discuss how to write 15 day curriculum units, efficaciously and efficiently, through a seven step PLC process that is strategically aligned to academic goals, anticipates student needs, assesses impact on student growth and achievement and is collaborative in nature.


Learn how such a process not only increased teacher ownership and creativity in design of the learning plan at Maria's school but helped clarify and differentiate for educators at her school the content that students had to learn (boulders) from learning that was superfluous (butterflies).


If you like this episode, also check out our recent conversations with Chad Dumas on using data within PLC work as well as our chat with Marine Freiburn and Sandy Brunet on developing learning objectives.


Maria Nielsen Solution Tree Bio

Maria Nielsen LinkedIn

The 15 Day Challenge Book

Learning by Design


Music - Aylex