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Can you explain more about the requirement in Star 4 for “an articulated approach to learning and development?”

Aug 23, 2023 | Rising Stars

In Standard 1: Learning Environment and Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Star 4 adds a requirement for a program to have an articulated approach to learning and development. This document is referred to as a “Written Curriculum Framework” in your program’s E-Portfolio.

Programs can meet this requirement in diverse ways, but it’s important to note that using a purchased curriculum (such as Teaching Strategies Gold or OWL) is not required! You can absolutely use a program-developed approach to curriculum. Documentation in the Rising Stars for ME E-Portfolio would include the program’s Written Curriculum Framework, which serves as a guide to describe how curriculum happens in your program.

For help constructing or refining your program’s Written Curriculum Framework, you can turn to the Rising Stars for ME Resource Guide! The guide gives an overview of the Rising Stars for ME Standards, including an explanation of terminology and a breakdown of the requirements.

There are links to applicable tools and resources for each of the StandardsThe Rising Stars for ME Resource Guide has tips and tools for creating a Written Curriculum Framework and additional resources to promote a better understanding of curriculum and developmentally appropriate practice.

And there’s so much more in the Rising Stars for ME Resource Guide! We’ll explore more topics in upcoming Tip of the Week columns.

As always, please reach out to risingstarsforme@maine.edu with questions.