Indicator AE.1

Program implements a developmentally appropriate curriculum that aligns with the North Dakota Early Learning Standards: Birth to Kindergarten

The Bright & Early ND Curriculum Alignment Worksheet (PDF, 693 KB) is designed to help the program determine how the curriculum aligns with the North Dakota Early Learning Standards: Birth to Kindergarten (PDF, 16 KB). Bright & Early ND does not require programs to use a specific curriculum. Rather, curricula should be aligned with the Standards and reflect the values and philosophy of the program and the children and families served.

Programs can request a review of their Curriculum Alignment Worksheet at any time. Once approved, programs will receive a copy of the Bright & Early ND Curriculum Alignment Rubric (PDF, 156 KB) used to score the worksheet. This rubric will be the main source of evidence for this indicator.

To request a review, upload a copy of the program’s Curriculum Alignment Worksheet to the Growing Futures organization profile under the Document Vault. Next, send an email to the Bright & Early ND Team at QRIS@nd.gov and request a review. To meet this indicator, evidence must be valid (dated within the previous 3 years).

Overview

The Bright & Early ND Curriculum Alignment Worksheet helps your program reflect on how well your curriculum supports children’s development according to the North Dakota Early Learning Standards: Birth to Kindergarten, often referred to as the ‘Standards’. Bright & Early ND does not require programs to use a specific curriculum. Rather, curricula should be aligned with the Standards and reflect the values and philosophy of the program inclusive of the children and families served.

Curriculum is more than enjoyable activities. It’s everything you do. It includes things such as learning experiences and activities, interactions, materials used to enhance the environment, and routines.

Purpose
Aligning your curriculum with the Standards ensures that your program plans and implements effective teaching practices to promote positive learning outcomes for children in all developmental domains. Aligning your program’s curriculum with the Standards will be a process that takes time and teamwork. Each of the sections will be scored accordingly to the Bright & Early ND Curriculum Alignment Rubric.

What Does Alignment Mean?
Alignment means identifying the elements that correspond between two things. In this worksheet, alignment refers to lining up elements of your curriculum with the North Dakota Early Learning Standards: Birth to Kindergarten. This process allows you to see how the Domains and Sub-Domains in the Standards are reflected in your curriculum.

Why Is It Important?
The Standards provide a common set of expectations for children’s learning and development. The Standards provide a framework for what children should know and be able to do from birth to kindergarten.

A curriculum guides content and effective teaching practices that support all children’s development and learning. Aligning your curriculum with the Standards ensures that your program implements teaching practices that promote children’s development and learning in areas that research shows are important for success in school, work, and life!

Before You Begin
Before aligning your curriculum with the North Dakota Early Learning Standards: Birth to Kindergarten, your program must understand their purpose. The Standards present a continuum of learning and development in the following domains: Approaches to Play and Learning; Social and Emotional Development; Language, Communication, and Literacy; Mathematics and Logical Thinking; Scientific Reasoning; Social Studies; Creative Arts; and Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development.

The Standards promote the understanding of early learning and development; provide comprehensive and a coherent set of expectations for children’s development and learning; and guide the design and implementation of curriculum, assessment, and instructional practices with young children. 

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