The Precision Teaching Book by Richard Kubina and Kirsten K. L. Yurich.
From Chapter 0:
Creating a sound educational program, like the Direct Instruction reading program, takes determined effort in the planning, creation, implementation, and subsequent review and revision of the curriculum. In other words, engineering a learning environment expressed by a well balanced, potent curriculum occurs through a reasoned and rational process. Effective learning environments establish desired behavior and require no less than a systematic analysis of human behavior.You mean...writing an effective curriculum isn't something you can pay teachers a stipend to do for 3 days over the summer?
Even when you hire a Trailblazers consultant from Bedford?
We've had years of strife over Trailblazers here in my district, culminating in the middle school teachers complaining that kids were coming into 6th grade not knowing what they needed to know. In response, the answer was ... not to adopt Singapore Math.
The answer was to "hybridize" Trailblazers during a 3-day curriculum development stint one summer. After hybridization, Trailblazers would no longer be our curriculum; our curriculum would be Irvington Math. Problem solved.
Rejiggering Trailblazers has been an ongoing project. A year or two before we hired the lady from Bedford, I went to a board meeting at which the then-assistant superintendent for curriculum (we've had several), confronting that year's uprising, said impatiently, "People say Trailblazers is our curriculum." She rolled her eyes. "It isn't. We write our own curriculum."
That's been the answer forever: there's no problem with Trailblazers because Trailblazers isn't the curriculum.
In a couple of weeks, I'm off to the precision teaching workshop at Morningside Academy in Seattle...