Project AERO is pleased to offer new resources in Math, Science, English/Language Arts, Social Studies and World Languages that are designed to assist teachers as they begin the new school year. Called “Guidance for 2020-2021”, each of these sets: 1. identifies the critical areas in each subject area; 2. provides guidance for accelerating instruction; and 3. gives links to additional materials, such as exemplar units, when available.
Math: The AERO Math “Guidance for 2020-2021” provides resources for K-10. The resources include the Critical Areas for each grade and high school course, sample scope and sequences, anchor and target tasks, and instructional strategies for implementation.
Science: AERO Science Critical Areas for grades K-5 have been identified, summarized and outlined to facilitate science instruction. This work seeks to support science educators in identifying the key content and practices they will need to target when developing assessments and learning experiences. For each grade level there is a year-long overview as well as individual unit documents that provide some guidance for storylines, phenomena and engineering design when appropriate. Similar documents will be released for Middle School before the end of August.
English/Language Arts: AERO's curriculum writers have reviewed the English/Language Arts Framework (205) and identified the Critical Areas within the four strands of Reading, Writing, Language, and Listening and Speaking for Grades K-5. These Critical Areas have been clustered to be the basis for four units at each grade level. In addition, vetted resources have been included for all units.
Social Studies: AERO’s curriculum writers have reviewed the Social Studies Framework (2019) and identified the Critical Areas for grades K-5, and have developed three sample units for each grade built on the critical areas. These units have been designed to guide teachers develop students into global citizens.
World Languages: The AERO WL team has worked with colleagues at every grade level schools to create a set of questions and unit themes that “braid” the World Language curriculum to the other core disciplines. Given the variety of schooling models this year, WL teachers are advised to teach fewer units (two to three units rather than five) that retain all five C’s of the 2018 AERO WL Standards and Benchmarks. The model units being released reinforce academic vocabulary and content while building language proficiency, strong intercultural skills and supporting social and emotional learning.