Streamlining The Curriculum

Using the Storyboard Approach to Frame Compelling Learning Journeys

Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison Zmuda have already seen Curriculum Storyboards – the subject of their new book, Streamlining the Curriculum – impacting teachers in a big way.

Immediate Impact

“What’s been really a wonderful surprise is is that sense of (teachers saying), ‘Oh my gosh, I can really use this to reach (my students), and I’m going to really listen to what they’re hearing, what they see happening in the learning experiences I’m designing,” said Jacobs. 

“This is why I came into this business in the first place.'”

Inspiration for The Book

When Jacobs and Zmuda came together with the Curriculum Storyboards concept, it was in response to a request from one school district that needed a better way to communicate curriculum to parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So many students in the United States were home, and the communication was unclear and challenging,” said Jacobs.

“Teachers who were trying their best, would send home floods of lesson plans and parents and kids could not make sense of it. We started to work with some schools to address this problem and we thought ‘You know, it might be easier if we could lay it out in a storyboard.'”

Get The Book

Streamlining the Curriculum is currently available at ASCD!