Elements of Education for Curriculum Designers

Elements of Education for Curriculum Designers

by Rebecca Strauss, Austin Volz, and William Lidwell

How should curriculum designers translate abstract learning outcomes into engaging learning experiences that get results? What is the right balance between depth and breadth or between content and skills? What methods should be used to continuously improve a curriculum over time? To answer these kinds of questions, the authors combined research from cutting-edge fields with their own first-hand experience to carefully curate fifty essential elements that demystify the work of curriculum design.

Written for utility, clarity, and practical value, this book provides indispensable professional development for educators working in a wide range of fields—from teachers and school leaders to educational publishers and instructional designers. The elements included are applicable across primary, secondary, and higher education as well as for workforce development programs. The Elements of Education for Curriculum Designers is an invaluable resource for anyone aiming to help others learn more effectively.

About the Authors

Rebecca Strauss is the Director of Curriculum Design on the Tiger Works Research and Development team at Avenues The World School. She also teaches program development at Columbia University’s Teachers College. An experienced learning designer who has led the vision, strategy, development, and implementation of a wide range of education programs for learners of all ages and backgrounds, she holds a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Austin Volz is the Director of Advanced Program Design on the “Tiger Works” Research and Development team at Avenues The World School. He is the lead author of The Elements of Education for Teachers. The recipient of both a Fulbright scholarship and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Austin holds a B.A. from St. John’s College and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

William Lidwell is Vice President of the Tiger Works Research and Development team at Avenues The World School. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling Universal Principles of Design.