BIO from Website:
As the president of Curriculum Designers, Inc., she has served as an education consultant to thousands of schools nationally and internationally. She works with schools and districts, K-12, on issues and practices pertaining to: curriculum reform, instructional strategies to encourage critical thinking, and strategic planning. Her books, Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Design and Implementation and Mapping the Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment K-12: and Getting Results with Curriculum Mapping have been best sellers. These books are published by ASCD. Dr. Jacobs' new book, Active Literacy Across the Curriculum: Strategies for Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening was released in April 2006 by Eye-on-Education, Inc. Numerous articles and interviews have appeared in professional journals and newspapers.
Dr. Jacobs has served as an adjunct associate professor on the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC, since 1981 and continues to teach there annually.
Her consultations are wide ranging having worked organizations like: the College Board, NBC Sunday Today Show, Children’s Television Workshop, CBS National Sunrise Semester, ASCD, IBM EduQuest, The Discovery Channel, Tapestry Productions, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet Education Department at Lincoln Center, the Peace Corps., the National School Conference Institute, the Disney Company, Prentice-Hall Publishing, the Near East School Association based in Athens, Greece, International Baccalaureate, the European Council of International Schools, Australian Council of Educational Leaders and state education departments.
Interviews and features have appeared in the New York Times, Educational Leadership, Child Magazine, Sunburst Communications video on Successful Middle Schools, and National Public Radio "Talk of the Nation" Broadcast. Dr. Jacobs has published curriculum materials with Prentice Hall, Milton-Bradley, the Electric Company, and Bowmar Publishing, and podcasts with ACEL.
Video Journal of Education features a series on her work, in addition, two other video series developed by ASCD focus on Dr. Jacobs’ curriculum models.
PBS features two of her courses for teachers, Curriculum Mapping by Heidi Hayes Jacobs I & II, in their professional development program, PBS TeacherLine® , delivered on-line.
Her doctoral work was completed at Columbia University’s Teachers College in 1981 where she studied under a national Graduate Leadership Fellowship from the United States Office of Education. Her master’s degree is from UMASS at Amherst and her undergraduate studies were at the University of Utah in her hometown of Salt Lake City.
The fundamental backbone of her experience comes from her years as a teacher of high school, junior high school, and elementary children in Utah, Massachusetts, and New York.
She is married with two adult children. She and her husband live in Westchester County, New York.
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A couple months ago our team attended your workshop in San Francisco and were totally inspired. We spoke to you afterwards about running a virtual session over video conference (H.323). We have a dozen schools across N.America that would love to attend as well as a few hundred teachers in Edmonton, Canada. Please let me know if you are still willing.
I am working on a project involving aligning our district curriculum with the Common Core English Language Arts standards. Our elementary reading program is a spiral curriculum based on a reader's workshop model. I am looking for examples of reading curriculum maps that are not based on units, ones that help teachers understand and document the spiral of a spiral curriculum within a standards-based framework. Do you or any of your site readers have suggestions for me as to where to look?
I loved the wmv movie from Shodack. I presented at the Capital Region BOCES reading conference this summer and Donna (the girl in the blue in the video) was there. You had introduced her to me in Latham. She is working on establishing Readers' Workshop in the district and I loved her instantly!
The video is a great way to open the school year!
I just saw your post in Steve Wilmarth's group here in Classroom 2.0. You also might be interested an a group I've started called the Global Education Collaborative which is where I met Steve, too. There's a group in there that's very interested in figuring out how global awareness concepts can be infused into curriculum.
Please join and/or pass the info on to interested teachers!
With your work in Curriculum Design, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording conducted by Nellie Deutsch on Technology Integration.
At the NYC DOE your name is always floated around (Kyle Haver, MAK Mitchell) as the curriculum mapping guru. The NYC DOE is looking for tech savvy staff developers with Curriculum Mapping experience (details http://tinyurl.com/title2Djobs). If you know of anyone who may be interested in a position, please share this link . Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Marco Morales; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham,MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!