TIE has released a new video on Grade Levels. The video describes the dilemma of grouping students strictly by age or semi-permanent tracking groups. Structural Rebuild teams can use the video to raise awareness about the need for change. This video is geared to educators and parents/community to promote discussion about the school structures currently in place in schools.
Check out the social studies standards evolution matrix. Standards for all four disciplines--civics, history, geography, and economics--are clustered into standards groups. We are still finishing the mastery rubrics, but that work is progressing.
If you haven't taken a look yet, be sure to check out the Learner Agency tool. Developed primarily by Jim Parry and Amelia Rose with the help of others, this profile is still a work in progress. We recently added a "stage set", while at the bottom of the page you will find the actual 4-page PDF.
The idea of having a matrix of standards not tied to grade levels is an exciting concept for educators implementing customized learning. It is difficult to explain by text, so note the Standards Evolution explanation video. This is an ongoing process, so come back every now and then to see the progress of the ELA matrix. Currently we are working on completing the Measurement Topics and rubrics for mastery. We will be looking for volunteer teachers from the TIE Customized Learning grant to help complete the rubrics sometime soon, so if you are interested, watch for a notice.