Clear, focused lesson and unit planning is the foundation of effective instructional practice. Content must be thoughtfully chosen and structured to develop essential skills and encourage critical thinking. CASDA’s expert faculty has extensive experience in direct classroom teaching and instructional leadership. Their vast body of knowledge and research-driven approach is an invaluable resource for districts looking to construct thorough lesson and unit plans that support sustainable educational progress. 


CASDA’s faculty experts will meet with school leadership to identify curricular needs and examine current unit and lesson plans. A plan will be developed to determine priorities, assess needs and involve teachers and school leaders in the process of developing effective units and lessons. Plans often include:

  • Focused workshops in which teachers share effective strategies with their colleagues.

  • Alignment of lesson and unit plans with Common Core Learning Standards, targeting a set of grade-level standards.

  • Articulation of strategies to cultivate student engagement, respond to student needs and provide pupils with multiple opportunities to engage in challenging work.

  • Development of a logical sequence of lessons and units to reinforce the progression of skills and critical thinking that will be continued in successive grade levels.

  • Creation of a lesson and unit document to be utilized as part of a continuous cycle of review, professional training, follow-up and revision to ensure that progress is sustainable.



CASDA’s approach to curriculum development is influenced by the work of Fenwick English, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Connie Moss, Susan Brookhart and other leaders in educational practice research. This framework will enable schools to develop curriculum related to standards-based continuity, consistency and flexibility in meeting students’ needs.

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