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Read Janet’s Professional Books ⠂ Curriculum Mapping ⠂ Upgrading

A Guide to Curriculum Mapping: 
Planning Implementing, and Sustaining the Process


Guide to CM Bestseller"With imagination and serious reflection, Janet has generated a detailed resource with exercises, worksheets, staff development activities, and sample maps to assist any staff developer or curriculum designer.  This book particularly connects well with those who are at the beginning levels of their mapping journey."
—Excerpt from Foreword by Heidi Hayes Jacobs


A step-by-step guide to ensure a successful curriculum mapping initiative!

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While curriculum mapping is recognized as a highly effective model for serving students' ongoing curriculum and instructional needs. This in-depth resource speaks to teachers and administrators with varying levels of curriculum-mapping experience and describes how educators drive the mapping process by engaging in collaborative inquiry as they review curriculum for new learning, gaps, and redundancies. The chapters assist you in knowing how to best design units of study that will result in a standards-based coherent curriculum.

Drawing on her experiences working with thousands of educators across the country and internationally, Janet offers specific steps for implementing and sustaining mapping efforts so that the processes become embedded in a learning organization’s curriculum and instruction culture. She explores the stages of contemplating, planning, and implementing a curriculum-mapping initiative and helps readers examine critical components that affect a learning organization's progress through each stage. This best-selling book presents powerful tools and features that will significantly enhance your curriculum mapping efforts:

  • Samples of types of curriculum maps—Projected/Diary, Consensus, and Essential
  • Guidelines for deciding what type of map to use to begin your mapping process
  • Assistance for selecting a Web-based system that has a strong curriculum mapping component and features
  • Questions for reflection at the end of each chapter
  • Comprehensive glossary of terms


A Guide to Curriculum Mapping addresses challenges often associated with curriculum mapping, offers encouragement and advice from in-the-field educators who have successfully implemented a mapping initiative, and provides clarity so that you can put your curriculum-mapping initiative into action.


Having heard Janet Hale speak at a curriculum mapping conference, I looked forward eagerly to the publication of A Guide to Curriculum Mapping. While I knew that it would be helpful, it far exceeded my expectations. It not only addressed my questions about curriculum mapping, but it did so in a manner that is both clear and engaging. Who would ever imagine that a book on curriculum mapping could be a page turner? Each chapter addresses a question related to curriculum mapping and includes numerous clarifying examples as well as excellent samples of quality maps. Whether you are just beginning the mapping process, wanting to affirm what you have been doing, or you are considering next steps, you will find clarification and helpful answers and suggestions. Speaking from experience, this book does not disappoint! I have already suggested it to others as a "must have."
—Amazon Review

If you would like to contact Janet, please call her at 520.241.8797, or email her using this contact form.




An Educational Leader's Guide to Curriculum Mapping:
Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Cultures


Curriculum mapping initiatives are most often started with the essential goal of improving student achievement, yet the mapping process can be challenging to navigate or lead. While the main work of curriculum mapping is conducted by classroom teachers, administrators must be actively involved, and they must also take into account the demands curriculum mapping places on teachers.

This book provides administrators and teacher leaders with foundational understandings and specific guidance and strategies to effectively support a curriculum mapping initiative in their schools and districts.

An Educational Leader's Guide to Curriculum Mapping offers suggestions to ensure that curriculum mapping is not only sustained, but embedded in the cultural consciousness and becomes a natural way of conducting curriculum work. This book:

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  • Includes a brief coverage of theory and foundational concepts
  • Focuses on administrative leadership with curriculum design and administrative support for systemic change in mind
  • Provides guidance, protocols, and step-by-step directions for all stages of a curriculum-mapping initiative
  • Offers practical applications, realistic expectations, narratives, and real-life examples
  • Conveys protocols and examples for creating two types of administrative maps
    • Professional Development Maps
    • Professional Roles Maps


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An Educational Leader's Guide to Curriculum Mapping needs to be in the hands of every educational leader who is focusing on curriculum design as a critical component of their school improvement plans. This is a tremendous handbook for those focusing on curriculum work reform in their schools or districts. Some of the book’s highlights include insights about the systematic nature of curriculum mapping; a framework for empowering teachers as leaders; and providing a variety of tools to guide and support school leaders as they design, apply, and modify their curriculum on an ongoing basis.
—Diane Scott, Director of Curriculum, Lebanon Community School Corporation


To contact Janet, please call her at 520.241.8797, or email her using this contact form.




Upgrade Your Curriculum: 
Practical Ways To Transform Units And Engage Students


Upgrade Your Curriculum Book CoverUpgrade Your Curriculum describes how to transform your curriculum to embrace modern-learning environments that engage students in higher-order thinking tasks, make local and global connections, and incorporate appropriate technology. It provides a step-by-step process that enables educators to work collaboratively to modify their current curricular elements to generate meaningful and engaging learning experiences. The Transformational Matrix provides a visual that allows faculty to focus on the connection between student learning and engagement, as well as the use of web-based tools to increase student ownership of their learning.

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Included in this book are detailed "snapshots" that explain how practitioners across all grade levels and subject areas have used the transformational process to upgrade their curriculum and instructional practices so their students acquire 21st century learning skills and mindsets needed to succeed in school and in life.

Mandates alone do not make implementation of new curriculum standards, capacities, and practices “happen.” Upgrade Your Curriculum empowers teachers using a successful process for upgrading units of study.




Curriculum Impossible: Upgrading

Thoughts Shared by Michael Fisher and Janet Hale


We are fans of the Food Network show Restaurant Impossible. The show features a struggling restaurant on the verge of going out of business. Host Robert Irvine makes over the impossible restaurant into a possible restaurant that hungry guests want to once-again frequent. We’ve watched many episodes of the show, and the structure Irvine uses is one that is applicable to upgrading curriculum and instruction process:

  1. What’s working? What’s not working? — Identify what you do well and should continue doing; and then identify areas that need improvement.
  2. Prioritize improvements — Of the areas that need improvement, which ones need to happen sooner rather than can wait until later?
  3. Secondary considerations — Do those improvements have peripheral considerations that will impact the intended need? (For instance, if you decide you want to upgrade a writing opportunity using blog posts, how much teaching time will you need to devote to learning blogging protocols and etiquette, as well as using a particular blogging tool?)
  4. Gather a team — For the needed improvements, who do you need on your team based on your targeted upgrade components? Those who think differently than you? A technology integrator? Content-specific expert? “Team” collaboration is key to effective upgrades.
  5. Ask the customer (the students) — Oftentimes, a missing piece in upgrading curriculum design or  instructional practices  is getting authentic input from the customers: your students. I recently saw a tweet wherein a member of one of my networks posted that he supplied the students with an objective, and then invited their opinions about how to best reach it. Based on their input, viable ideas and pathways to reach the objective goal were added to his plan.
  6. Budget time — Time is always a problem! You need adequate time for planning, implementation, reflection, and revision. Start small. You can always create a more complex upgrade when you are used to the transformation cycle steps.
  7. Budget resources — Use what you have. Leverage what you need from your team or those who are willing to support your upgrade. If it is a cost that exceeds your current abilities, look for opportunities in places you haven’t looked before, such as or
  8. Implement — Just as there is the moment of unveiling of the “new” restaurant's look, ambiance, and menu, enjoy the unveiling of your upgrade as you carry it out. Take in the sights and sounds. Relish (no pun intended) what is working well, and what needs to be adjusted.
  9. Reflect and revise — What made the upgrade successful to you? How about to your student customers? What didn’t go so well? What needs to be revised for “next time?”
  10. How can you sustain upgrading? — Sustain your work by not letting it be an all-or-nothing “eggs in one basket” event. Events happen. Trends emerge over time. Be a trendy upgrader. Start slow and purposeful — one focus, one unit (even one lesson) at a time.


Be aware that an upgrade “menu” can be diverse. For example, upgrades may be related to student behaviors, habits of the mind, interventions, modern methodologies, or educators’ professional-learning opportunities.

Anyone who knows us well knows that we enjoy scrumptious food and metaphors, so the Restaurant Impossible television show is a perfect match for us as it conveys well that what may at first feel or appear to be impossible is, in fact, possible!


To contact Janet, please call her at 520.241.8797, or email her using this contact form.