Exploring the development and design process for a multi-year thematic art and curriculum event
for the Central Coast communities of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties
As school administrators and teachers throughout our region begin preparing for the implementation of the Common Core Standards, the Central California Writing Project is offering a series of seminars and workshops on strategies and design processes to enable a collaborative approach to the task. While textbook publishers, curriculum designers, and testing companies are offering many "pre-packaged solutions" to the challenges of Common Core deployment, it is our conviction that empowering teachers in each school to collaborate on the design and delivery of instruction based on their granular knowledge of their local communities and of the needs of each student in their classrooms. At the same time, this local empowerment need not lead to multiple iterations of duplicative efforts. Embracing the opportunities afforded us by Connected Learning, we believe each teacher can be empowered to become their own curricular expert, share and learn in complementary ways, and bring us truly from STEM to STEAM to STEAMIE; from writing across the curriculum to multimodal ideographically sophisticated transliteracy.