How will schools catch up with the curriculum after the spring closing of schools? How can teachers make the most of their time with students to cover a lot of curriculum. It all comes down to Power-Standards: those standards that drive the mastery of other standards. It’s all about starting with the end in mind, which is typically application of learning, building a “felt need” for students to learn, and then providing differentiated learning activities toward achievement.


  1. Deconstruct your standards to identify the power-standards.
  2. Develop maps to relate your power-standards to related content
  3. Generate related problems to drive instruction through the power-standards.
  4. Develop lesson plans to start your year

Participants in this course will use Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, It’s Not What You Teach But How as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. Access to MyQPortal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. 25 contact hours.

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