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Task 3: Analyze Curriculum and Instruction


Guideline: Curriculum and instruction address academic content and teaching methods. Together, they assure the curriculum is in-line with state academic standards. When analyzing curriculum and instruction teachers should look for opportunities for improvement, identify methods for raising expectations, and determine how they can acquire quality instructional materials.

Common Core State Standards Initiative

This link to the Common Core State Standards Initiative website provides links to the English Language Arts and Mathematics standards.


Data Sources

This document contains links to national and state education data sources. The content may be useful to educators when developing a school profile.


McREL Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks

This Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) website provides a compilation of content standards for K-12 curriculum in a searchable format.


National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, CRESST conducts research on important topics related to K-12 educational testing.

Element 1: Assess Organizational Needs and Basis for Desired Funding

Purpose: Writing a successful grant application begins with understanding the reason for seeking grant funding from a governmental agency or private foundation. If the grant seeker is a school, the organizational assessment undertaken for improvement planning may provide useful reasons for the desired funding.

The grant seekers organizational assessment must address the subject area the funding organization has an interest in supporting. In regards to a governmental grant proposal, the assessment must address the request for proposal's focus.

Element 1 outlines the tasks involved in creating an organizational assessment.

Activity 1: Take a Snapshot of Your Organization

Activity 2: Identify Broad Areas in Need of Improvement

Element 2: Outline the Project Ideas

Purpose: Developing innovative grant ideas that fulfill organizational needs is essential in a successful grant application. The successful grant application will be one that effectively matches the grant seeker's project ideas with the grant funder's interests or programmatic focus!

Activity 1: Create a Project Team

Activity 2: Conceptualize Project

Element 3: Organize for Action

Purpose: Prior to writing the grant application, the project lead should pre-plan how the application will be developed, a timeline for completing it, and an internal review process for the application. Element 3 outlines the steps in creating a road map for the application process.

Activity 1: Understand the Grant Requirements

Activity 2: Plan to Act

Element 4: Develop and Submit the Grant Proposal

Purpose: The grant proposal brings life to the project idea. It is the vehicle the grant seeker uses to sell their idea to the prospective funding sources. Element 4 outlines the steps to develop and submit a successful grant application. Once the application has been submitted, follow-up with the funder is essential.

Activity 1: Develop the Project Plan

Activity 2: Commit the Proposal to Paper

Activity 3: Review and Finalize the Proposal

Element 5: Implement the Grant

Purpose: Upon receiving the grant award it is necessary to have a process in place for administering and managing the grant. Element 5 outlines the steps involved with implementing the project and fulfilling the grant's administrative requirements.

Activity 1: Administer and Manage the Grant

Activity 2: Accomplish Change

Activity 3: Evaluate Project Outcomes