STREAMLINING THE CURRICULUM: Using the Storyboard Approach to Fame Compelling Learning Journeys

ASCD, Alexandria, VA, 2023. (with Allison G. Zmuda)

Unit and lesson plans should speak directly to students and families, not just to administrators.

In design parlance, streamlining means to modernize and simplify: to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and visual appeal. Streamlining is not just paring back; it is making a process or product better. The pandemic cast a glaring spotlight on an education problem that has existed for years: Curriculum and lesson plans desperately need streamlining, both in terms of content and format. We can no longer be driven by a relentless instructional pace that values coverage over learner engagement.