Scope refers to the breadth and depth of content and skills to be taught across grade levels. The sequence is the ordering of the content and skills. In High Schools organized around the Carnegie Unit, a scope and sequence becomes an ordering of courses: Algebra, Geometry, or US History, World History. In a Mastery Learning System, a scope and sequence can refer to smaller units of learning, such as a set of modules or units, or even a set of Thematic Projects, Perofrmance Tasks, or Challenges.
- Timely Support
We believe that over time Mastery-Based Schools will significantly alter the frame of reference for a Scope and Sequence: at the far end of the continuum these could end up referin to a set of Content and Skill Learning Progressions. At the moment, this approach is challenging to adopt if you are operating within a set of district, state and federal policies that are primarily committed to the Carnegie Unit. The examples collected here organize the scope and sequence specifically to provide students with frequent choice, as they enroll in courses that are 10-13 weeks in duration (Bronx Arena's program is hosted entirely online, which allows students to move at their own pace through courses/modules that they enroll themselves in).
Tips for a Short Implementation Time-Line
With a short timeline it's often helpful to begin with your State's graduation requirements. On the other hand, if you are attempting to organize teaching and learning around theme-based modules, or highly sequenced skills, it makes sense to take the time to design a scope and sequence for these.
Curated Resources: This collection of resources from the field includes models and exemplars, as well as “DIY” guidance to facilitate your exploration of this term.