What is Curriculum Mapping?

Based on the work of Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Curriculum Mapping is a way for educators to document (or plan) what is happening in their classrooms using time (typically months) as the common factor.


Each educator in the school creates their own Curriculum Map for the courses they teach. Educators can then use search and combined map views to facilitate the work of aligning their curriculum. This process of comparison allows teachers to discover strengths in their program.  It also helps them identify repetitions (what do you mean you did this last year?) as well as gaps (what isn't being taught at all.)


How does it work?


Each district customizes the curriculum mapping template for their needs, and establishes a list of courses for their district. Educators then use the SchoolTools.us site to create their own individual maps!


These tools really allow you to get at the heart of curriculum design in the best interest of our children.  Using the advanced mapping features to perform a gap analysis or create a K-12 scope, the process of K-12 curriculum alignment begins.


Proof that Curriculum Mapping works


One of the most important keys of effective practices according to a case study in Ohio's Improved School Districts is Curriculum Alignment.  Curriculum Alignment is an analysis of curriculum as it appears in the classroom; a comparison to state mandated proficiencies to identify curricular deficiencies; an alignment of curriculum across grade levels and subjects.



Responsibilities of Mapping at each Level


District Leadership

School Principals

Teaching Professionals


Clear district-wide goals of curriculum alignment to state proficiency standards

Understanding of goals for curriculum alignment & communication of goals to teaching staff

Curriculum alignment to state proficiency standards


Grade level standards and expectations determined through collaborative planning


Monitoring of effort on regular, recurrent cycle of curricular renewal

Monitoring of teacher effort through student performance data tracking

Change in instructional practices to reflect proficiency format, use of practice tests to prepare for test expectations