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Universal Curriculum Resources for Teachers

Presentations, lesson plans, curriculum/fun activities to engage students in primary/secondary learning.

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I am a.....

  • Parent/Caregiver

Tell us about your idea

Given the short ramp imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, I believe that a centralized, universal repository for lesson plans to fun activities would have been a most valuable resource in ramping curriculum.  My overall thought is to have a group-think, Amazon-like experience which provides grade level curriculum that can be taught by teachers.  This resource should be free and crowdsourced with a way to level up the best assets, presentations, fun activities, games, thought provokers, etc.  Consider it a best practices repository.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

I like a majority of the in-class system but I think the teach it and then simply offer office hours paradigm needs to go away....we need to supplement the lessons with valued online resources...this one is for teachers but I also think that this repo could include best practices for learning to learn. Currently, a lot of content is housed on Khan Academy or Youtube...why not have a more valued repository?

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I see the struggle that both seasoned teachers and tech adverse teachers have and believe there is a way to standardize the tools to standardized testing.

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

New Haven Unified School District in Union City, CA.


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Photo of Isaac Jumba

Welcome to the challenge Stan Kwong . Really great to have you share your idea around creating a centralized, universal repository for lesson plans and fun activities that could be easily accessible. Are there resources that you are already thinking could go to the repository? How are you envisioning teachers and parents to know about the repository?

Photo of Stan Kwong

@isaac. Because I'm a parent, I am not familiar with the content or best practice tools, however, I do see that teachers seem to use various ones that are individual or site specific. To me, there is too much content available ranging from great quality to really poor, varied in focus (or narrowly focused) such that it is tailored to elementary, middle or high school.

I do know that pay sites like Khan Academy, Brain pop, etc are generally pretty good but the central idea has to come from the teacher ranks and it has to be curated so that everything is useful...a central repo can't be a dumping ground for excessive content. In the end, it needs content but also needs oversight so that it is always useful...

To me, the characteristics of good content are the same tools for all curriculum across the repo including teacher prep, helpful videos for students, quizzes, walk throughs, etc...and in today's age you could argue for richer visual content to aid the teacher in developing a lesson.

How would teachers and parents know....currently all districts in California (where I am), use Google classroom....we already have a centralized portal, imo, a useful tool would be to build the repo then communicate central use through teachers unions to use it as a central resource for teachers, parents and students.