The Center for Catholic School Effectiveness of Loyola University Chicago has been leading Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria through the process of understanding Backward Design and its three main components: year-long plan, topic/unit plan, and lesson plans.
Backward Design is a process of planning for instruction by first identifying the desired results or goals based upon state standards. Determine where we want to go and then decide how to get there. Backwards Design is learner-centered with the goal of learning content through active involvement and creative thinking.
Year-long plans are a component of Backwards Design, which provide a basic outline of the curriculum and standards. Lesson plans provide details regarding daily instruction. Teachers document instructional objectives and assessments using curriculum maps.
Key Principles of Curriculum that Works
Teachers use Common Core Standards, Early Learning Standards, Illinois State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards to create instructional plans. For specific questions regarding your child's grade level curriculum, please feel free to contact school administration or your child's teacher.