Using the Rigor Relevance Framework by liaoqinmei


									                   Using the

A Guidebook for Facilitators

    Successful Practices Network
    1585 Route 146 ● Rexford, NY 12148
          Phone (518) 723-2063

Introduction                                                  3

How to Create a Group                                          4

Role of the Facilitator                                        4

Overview of Modules                                           5

Getting Started                                               6

Navigating the Course                                         8

Course Completion                                             13

Graduate Credit                                               13

Checklist of Assignments                                      14

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  The Successful Practices Network has developed a series of online courses to serve as
  professional development tools around the concepts of the Rigor/Relevance
  Framework®. Collectively, the courses are referred to as Collaborating Online for Rigor
  and Relevance (CORR). Each course is designed to be a 15 hour course commitment.

  The courses currently available through CORR are:
    •   Effective Methods for Building Relationships
    •   Using the Rigor/Relevance Framework
    •   Quadrant D Lesson Development
    •   Instructional Strategies for Rigor and Relevance

  Each group of teachers will be guided through the online experience by a facilitator. This
  guide was developed to describe the roles and responsibilities of the facilitator.


  The purpose of CORR is to have teachers work together in an asynchronous mode to
  collaborate and share ideas and practices. CORR allows teachers to work together at
  convenient times through the use of an online management system called MoodleTM.

  For information on any of the courses and how to implement them in your school or
  district, please contact your SPN coach or SPN staff by calling 518-723-2063.

          Effective Methods         Using the            Quadrant D
                                                                            Instructional Strategies
             for Building        Rigor/Relevance          Lesson
                                                                           for Rigor and Relevance
            Relationships          Framework            Development
Module       Setting up a                                                   Learning and Teaching
                                    Why R/R?           Student Learning
  1           classroom                                                             Styles
                                                                                Ideal Instructional
Module     Teacher- Home         Rigor Relevance         Performance
                                                                           Strategies for the Concrete
  2        Communication           Framework                Tasks
                                                                               Sequential Learner
         Beyond Management:                                                    Ideal Instructional
           Building Learning     Raising the Level      Scoring Guides     Strategies for the Abstract
            Relationships                                                     Sequential Learner
            Setting High                                                        Ideal Instructional
Module                            Interdisciplinary
           Expectations for                             Essential Skills   Strategies for the Concrete
  4                                  Instruction
              learning                                                           Random Learner
                                                                           Ideal Instructional
Module      Sustaining Your      Teaching for High
                                                      Gold Seal Lesson Strategies for the Abstract
  5      Professional Learning   Rigor Relevance
                                                                            Random Learner

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How to Create a Group

Starting a new group in any of the Collaborating Online for Rigor and Relevance (CORR)
courses is a great professional development opportunity for staff. You’ve agreed to
facilitate a group (or groups) through a 15-hour online staff development experience.
This guide will provide you with a clear understanding of how to get started as well as
define your role and responsibilities.

1. Identify a group of teachers to participate. These teachers should be aware that
the course is set up as an online 15 hour professional development activities. As the
facilitator you will have to set clear expectations for completion and level of work.

2. Send list of participants to Network. Send an electronic list of first name, last name,
and email address to the Network to be registered for a course. Please be sure to note
what course you are registering your group for in the email. If anyone else will assist in
the role of facilitation, please note that. Emails should be directed to
Please note, it may take approximately one week to enroll a new group.

3. Share login information with participants. Once SPN provides login information,
share the usernames and passwords with all those participating along with a copy of the
participant guide book. Although the course is online, this initial step is a good
opportunity to have a face-to-face meeting with participants to get started.

Role of the Facilitator

As the facilitator of a CORR group, your main role is to assist those participating with
technical issues, content questions, and adhering to a timeline of implementation. Before
beginning a CORR course, facilitators should consider:
    •  Are you comfortable working in the online environment?
    •  Are you familiar and comfortable with the Rigor Relevance Framework®?
    •  Are you comfortable providing feedback and constructive criticism to your peers?

The facilitator will also have to complete the following tasks:
   •   Provide names and information to SPN to register group
   •   Set timelines based on individual group or school needs
   •   Review work of participants
   •   Provide timely and helpful feedback to participants
   •   Send notice to SPN when group has completed the course

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Overview of Modules

Each course follows the same instructional path. There are five modules. Each module
contains five sections. Simple formative assessments are included for participants to
check their understanding at key points in the learning. Additional resources are
available in modules for extended learning.

The modules in Using the Rigor/Relevance Framework are:

   •   Why RR? Explores the definitions of and provides the groundwork for high levels
       of rigor and relevance for all students.
   •   Rigor/Relevance Framework walks participants through the four quadrants of
       the framework.
   •   Raising the Level describes the rationale for encouraging high rigor and high
   •   Interdisciplinary Instruction offers participants information on how they can
       connect their lessons to the real world.
   •   Teaching for High Rigor/High Relevance offers new ideas and concepts for
       educators to use when teaching at high level of rigor and relevance.

The subtopics in each module are:

           Connect stimulates interest and connects the teacher with the current

           Explore provides background information that teachers can read or listen
           to. The section includes articles, links to Web sites, video, and audio.

           Share is a discussion section that starts with a question related to the
           topic. Teachers contribute to the online discussion and share ideas to
           shape each others perspective.

           Apply is the section in which teachers will apply what they have learned.
           These are engaging activities that allow teachers to play a little and
           reinforce their knowledge.

           Develop is the section in which teachers will create a product or project
           required in each respective topic. Each topic will end with something
           specific that teachers will develop.

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Getting Started

1. Web site. The Web site address is: It is highly
recommended that you bookmark this page.
(This is different from the Successful Practices Network’s
and International Center’s websites.)

2. Get Access. To obtain your username and password, please contact Grace Demand

3. Log on to the site. You will see the username and password field on the left side
toward the bottom of the page. Both are case sensitive. The first time you log on, it is
advised that you change your password. If you forget your
password, you can use the “lost password?” feature on the landing page or contact Grace so she can
reset it for you.

4. Access the Course. Click on the title of the course, “Instructional Strategies.”

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5. Your Profile. A profile was created for you to include your name, email address and
location. You may edit your profile information at any time.

The only piece of your profile that you may not edit is your username. To have changes
made to your username, please contact The tabs at the top of this
page will allow you to edit your information. Please update your location as necessary
and check for spelling errors in your email address. If you have a small image of yourself
you’d like to include (instead of the default silhouette, you may also include this).

Email reminders: If you would like to email your group every time you post a discussion
board message, select email activated: ENABLE.

If you DO NOT want to have emails automatically sent to group members, every time
you post to the discussion, select DISABLED on the “Edit Profile” page. Disabled is the
default set by the Network.

6. Review the Topic Outline. You’ll see the words, “Topic outline” near the top of the
page. Scroll down to see the list of all five module topics. Each topic includes five
components: Connect, Explore, Share, Apply, and Develop and an occasional Self
Check test.


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Navigating the Course

Once logged in to the course, you’ll want to first review to the Topic Outline. This outline
includes all of the sections to complete the course and serves as a guide towards

1. When starting out any module, the first item listed is a Checklist. It is recommended
that you print or save this checklist to your computer and use it as a guide for where you
left off in the course and what you have completed. All the Checklists are included at the
end of the guidebook.

2. From the checklist and any subtopic you can navigate to any other subtopic within that
module by clicking on the top icons or the links at the bottom of the page. The arrow on
the checklist indicates which subtopic you are currently working in.

3. You may also navigate to any part of the course by using the “Jump to” feature in the
top right hand corner of the CORR website. By clicking in the field next to “Jump to”
you’ll be provided with a list of all the modules and subtopics. The section you are
currently in will not be listed.

4. You can also navigate through the course by using the “breadcrumbs” across the top
of the page. Clicking on “IS” will bring you back to the topic outline.

Connect and Explore
The Connect section starts out the module by offering readings, videos, or websites to
investigate. At the bottom of the Connect page is a text field to “Process and Reflect” in
a journal entry. These journal entries are shared with the group facilitator so that they
may monitor ongoing progress. You may only submit a journal entry once.

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The Explore section follows the same format with videos, readings and journal entries
but provides for a more in depth analysis of the topic.

Journal entries are saved for review by the facilitator. Although they are not graded, they
allow for facilitators to gauge participants understanding and knowledge of the topic.
This will provide the facilitator with any opportunity to provide any feedback to the
participant directly and assist them in continuing the course.

To read any journal entry submitted by participants in your group, return to the Topic
Outline. Within each module you will see the list of subtopics and if there are any journal
entries within that module you will see at the bottom of the subtopics list lightly shaded
subtopics that indicate there is a journal entry in that section.

Click on the lightly shaded sub topic and you will be brought to a page where you may
read the original journal prompt. In the top corner of the page it will indicate how many
responses, if any, have been submitted.

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By clicking on the button “All Responses – View XX” you will be presented with a
summary of all responses. To look at any individual response by participant click on the
button “View by Response” – you may also download responses to a text document.

Each Share page offers the opportunity for discussion around a central topic or idea.
The topics are already provided in the module and each participant can respond to the
topic individually and/or reply to the responses of their peers.

To reply to the topic:
       a. Click the “Add a new discussion topic” button.
       b. Include a subject line and a message.
       c. If you are sending an image you must include a message, otherwise the
            message will not post. Click the “Browse” button near the bottom of the
            discussion message box to locate and upload the image. (optional)
       d. Click “Post to Forum” button

At this point, each participant may also choose to subscribe to the forum. When a person
is subscribed to a forum it means that they will be sent email copies of every post in that
forum (posts are sent about 60 minutes after the post was first written). This is useful for
participants who may not check the course on a regular basis.

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Accessing the Discussion. Once a message is posted to the forum, you will see a link
to the message. Click on the subject text (in this case, “My Thoughts”). If you click on the
name of the person, you will see his/her profile information. You also will be reminded of
the group number/name, number of replies, and number of messages unread.

Replying to the Discussion Messages. As the facilitator, you should monitor the
discussion board and provide your own insights as well. It is expected that, a few times a
week, you will read and reply to the posted messages. You do not need to reply to every
participant, although it’s important to make your presence known. A good rule is to
respond to at least two other people, and to always answer those who have reached out
to you.

Discussion Format. A format problem may arise when reading discussion messages.
In the format shown above, the replies are in “nested” format. To view the discussion
differently, click on the drop-down menu for a list of choices.

Each apply section allows for participants to apply the knowledge learned within that
module by participating in an activity or journal reflection. The journal entries follow the
same format as in Connect or Explore.

The activities are designed to provide hands on application of material learned. The
activities may include Flash applications for participants to complete. Please be sure you
have Adobe Shockwave Flash player installed on the computer from which you will
access CORR. The responses to a Flash application completed in the Apply section are
not saved for later viewing. You may always print a copy of your responses if you would
like to save it for your files.

The develop section offers participants the opportunity to create tangible resources to
use immediately in their own classrooms. The resource may be completed in an offline
format through the use of a template downloaded from the course. It is the responsibility
of each participant to share this with their facilitators.

By allowing participants to work on Develop resources offline it allows for continued
access to the work, even once the course has been completed. Additionally, participants
will not see the Develop resources of their peers, but they should be shared with
facilitators to ensure completion.

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** If a participant is applying to receive graduate credit select resources may be
requested by SPN.

Self Check
The self check section includes a short quiz to test the knowledge learned and acquired
in each particular module. The check typically includes some multiple choice questions
and short answer. This area can be saved and revisited at a later date prior to
submitting. The answers to this section are shared with the group facilitator but not
posted for all participants in a group to see.

To see results of the Self Check, start at the Topic Outline and click on the Self Check
subtopic within the particular module. The landing page will allow the facilitator to
preview the questions and look at the results of participants. To see the work of
participants, click on the Results tab.

Once on the results page all participants’ responses will be organized in a chart like the
one below. This chart identifies who has completed the self check, how long it took
them, how many times they’ve attempted it, and their overall score and score for
individual questions.

To see the responses of a participant you can click on the overall grade or to see only
the response to one question click on the grade assigned to that question.

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Course Completion

Once you have completed all five modules and the work or assignments in each of the
subtopics you have completed the course. Congratulations!

Each participant should check in with their group facilitator to ensure all components are
completed at a satisfactory level and if there are any additional next steps. At this time,
you may also request a certificate of completion from SPN by emailing
A certificate will be sent to you electronically.

Graduate Credit

Each course is available for graduate credit through the University of Sioux Falls. The
course may be completed at anytime in the year. SPN works with the University to
assign grades and process transcripts on a rolling basis. For more information on
graduate      credit,    costs,      and      credits    assigned       please      visit

For Assistance

If you need assistance with your username and/or password or general questions please
contact Grace Demand at

If you need any assistance with technical aspects of the course layout or functionality
please contact Ashley Terwilliger at

You may also always call the office at 518-723-2063 during our office hours: Monday –
Friday 8 am – 5 pm (EST).

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Checklist of Assignments

Module 1 – Why RR?

                         Overview                         Activities

     View videos and reflect the implications for
     classrooms today.

     Explore resources and background information
     on the importance of increasing rigor and

     Discuss with your colleagues the importance of
     rigor and relevance in student learning.

     Apply what you know about 21st Century
     teaching and learning.

     Develop a memo and share it with your principal
     advocating for higher levels of rigor and
     relevance in your school.

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Module 2 – Rigor/Relevance Framework

                          Overview                          Activities
    Reflect on how you were taught and how your
    current students need to be taught to be prepared
    for the world of tomorrow (i.e., globalization versus

    Read and reflect on the following resources to
    develop a deeper understanding of the
    Rigor/Relevance Framework.

    Reflect on your current classroom instruction.

    Practice sorting verbs into each level of the
    Knowledge Taxonomy.

    Develop an action plan for how you can transform
    your practices to increase Quadrant D instruction
    and assessment.

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Module 3 – Raising the Level

                     Overview                            Activities

   Begin to explore the rationale behind raising
   the level of rigor and relevance in student

   Read and reflect on the following resources
   related to raising the level of rigor and
   relevance in student learning.

   Discuss and/or collaborate with your
   colleagues about ways to increase the level of
   rigor and relevance in student learning.

   Practice sorting student products into the
   quadrants of the Rigor/Relevance Framework.

   Write a performance task and justify the level
   of rigor and relevance.

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Module 4 – Interdisciplinary Instruction

                           Overview                        Activities

     Reflect on the role of education in increasing
     students' understanding of the interconnectedness
     of the world.

     Read and reflect on the following resources
     related to the interrelatedness of the world around

     Discuss and/or collaborate with your colleagues
     about ways to increase the interconnectedness of
     knowledge for students.

     Transform a current lesson that you teach to make
     it interdisciplinary.

     Teach and reflect on a lesson that is

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Module 5 – Teaching for High Rigor/High Relevance

                         Overview                        Activities

      Reflect on curriculum, instruction, and
      assessment in the classroom to engage
      students in rigorous and relevant learning.

      Read and reflect on the following resources
      related to planning for rigorous and relevant
      student learning and assessment.

      Share the big ideas and/or concepts in your

      Generate ideas for supports needed to make
      use of the Rigor/Relevance Framework.

      Develop an action plan for securing the
      supports needed to implement the
      Rigor/Relevance Framework in your teaching

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