The A·B·D system provides support tools for easily completing each process step. Items in the library shared by others can be used with your work to make the overall process high quality and efficient.
When you first use the A·B·D system, you will find usable materials already in the shared libraries. They come from our initial seeding of standards and content derived by subject matter experts and teachers like you. And, other users will have already rated the material and attached comments. It’s a system that only gets better as more users are added and best practices are reflected in materials with high user ratings.
When you perform the processes to implement standards, you have choices all along the way. You can choose to do your own work or use existing materials by adoption or adaptation. Along the way, as illustrated, the A·B·D system provides automated system supports.
The critical point in the process is having an accurately aligned Course Guideline – an outline of content allocated to unit and lesson plans and without any teaching plans. This is the real departure point for professional personalization when your knowledge and style of teaching is added to finish unit and lesson plans. For teachers following the same standards for a grade and course, the Course Guidelines should be very similar, and very much like an AP course. As a support for choosing and validating a course guideline, the A·B·D system provides comparisons between pairs of guidelines.
Once your Course Guideline is finalized, the system provides support for development of unit and lesson plans. A highly useful feature is finding a shared library unit or lesson that has the identical content scope called for in the Guideline. The search will provide the best fit available with selectable parameters for exact content match, over matched or under matched with selection and sorting criteria for ratings. The use of fine-grained, teachable and measureable content as the common denominator produces highly usable material choices. Like all the other materials, the unit or lesson can be adopted as is, or modified to suit your needs.
Alignment of the Course Guideline (the specific content and sequence) to unit and lesson plans is monitored by A·B·D in real-time. As you proceed to assemble your complete course set of units and lessons, the system informs you of any mismatches in content and sequence. Because everything is tracked at fine-grained levels, the reporting requires no interpretation and directly supports getting alignment perfect.
The Course Guideline holds all of your final requirements and plans for the course. There is no more need to reflect on standards, frameworks or test items. It’s all baked into a concise, unambiguous description suitable for sharing with student and parents. It’s a blueprint for construction of the aligned unit and lessons. Because the guideline is a completely defined course, it’s safe to develop unit and lesson plans in a just-in-time fashion knowing that everything is well planned.