Curriculum for Creators & Publishers

Chapter 1: Creating Curriculum Maps

Chalk Curriculum allows you to create organized unit plans in a centralized and collaborative way. Ensure alignment with multiple standards in your curriculum design across buildings and classrooms, and personalize your classroom instruction for outcome based education.

This learning guide will help familiarize you with the features of Chalk's Curriculum solution for users with Creator and Publisher privileges.

While this guide will cover many of the features available, please refer to our extensive support articles for specific questions or reach out to us at support@chalk.com or through our in-app Live Chat service (available Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm EST).

The following chapter of our learning guide will go over how to:

  • Understand the different permission levels for Curriculum
  • Create and edit a curriculum map
  • Set unit duration or pacing in a curriculum map

What is Chalk's Curriculum solution?

Chalk’s Curriculum Solution allows you to build a unified and digital curriculum that can guide teacher’s daily instruction. The benefit to using Chalk is creating a consolidated, living curriculum that can automate standards coverage and create a collaborative, easy-to-use environment for your teachers to pull curriculum content and apply directly to lesson plans.

Your school’s first step will be to create and build your curriculum maps in Chalk. You will be able to create maps that will help guide teachers with units, suggested unit duration, and unit content. Teachers will then be able to follow the maps as they create their lesson plans. You can work with Chalk to create customized map templated that can include suggested standards, desired results, essential questions, assessments, and resources, just to name a few.

Once Published, teachers have the option to link the maps to their Planboard account and begin to add map content to their lessons to create rich and useful lesson plans.

What are the different permission levels for Curriculum?

This is part of our Curriculum Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

In this article, we will cover the different permission levels that can be assigned to users within the curriculum platform. Assigning permission levels and organizing roles within a school or district can ensure content is not being published before it has been reviewed, or deleted accidentally.

Users can be assigned three different permission levels within Chalk: PublisherCreator, and Viewer.

Curriculum Publisher

  • The Publisher permission has the ability to edit map content, create new maps/drafts and has the ability to publish, archive, and restore archived maps.
  • This role is recommended for administrators or subject area experts involved in the review and publishing process.

Curriculum Creator

  • The Creator permission has the ability to edit map content, create new maps/drafts, but does not have the ability to publish, archive or restore archived maps.
  • This role is recommended for subject area experts and teachers actively involved in the curriculum development process.

Curriculum Viewer

  • The Viewer permission can only view content in published curriculum maps. It does not allow for users to create/edit maps or enter drafts. 
  • This role is recommended for teachers who are not actively involved in the curriculum development process but will access and utilize the curriculum content.

Note: It is important to identify these roles within your organization as it allows for improved organization, easier review processes, and accessibility.  

For more information on how to set user permissions as the Institution Admin, click here.

What is the difference between a published and a draft curriculum map?

This is part of our Curriculum Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

In this article, we will cover the difference between a Published map and a Draft map and show you how to create each.

Published vs Draft 

When work on a map has been completed, the next step is to publish the map. The main difference between a Published and a Draft version of a curriculum map, is that when a map is published, it is made available to teachers in the school or institution to view-only. Once a map has been published, the published version can no longer be edited, and all comments made on the curriculum map will be removed.

Publishing a map will allow teachers to have an official resource to work off of throughout the year. They will be able to assign the map to their subjects, which will assign units to lesson plans and allow them to insert unit content. Click here for how to assign a curriculum map to a subject within Planboard.  

Creating a new draft version will also allow for revisions throughout the year without making changes to the published version.

How do I publish a map?

Step 1:

Choose the map you wish to publish from the Curriculum Map List in the center. You can also search for the map by searching for the name or tags associated with the map. Click on the Edit Draft button. 

Step 2:

To publish this map, click on the blue Publish button in the top right corner. 

Step 3:

The following warning will appear:

 If you are ready to publish this version of the map and make it available to teachers, click Yes

You will now see a Published version of your map on the curriculum map list in the center, with today’s date showing when it was published. This will allow teachers to attach the curriculum map to their subjects and lesson plans. 

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

How do I make a draft version of a published map? 

If you want to make additional updates or edits to a published map, you will need to create a draft version. Here are the steps to do so.

Step 1:

Choose the published map from the Curriculum Map List in the center. You can also search for the map by searching for the name or tags associated with the map.

Step 2:

Click on the New Draft button on the right. This will copy the currently published version of the map, and allow you to edit it in a new draft. 

Note: While you are editing the new draft version of your map, your published version will not change, and will remain available to teachers as a view only map.

Once you are finished making changes to the draft, you can re-publish it following the above steps. This re-published version will automatically update for all teachers who are using this map to the newest version.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

How do I create a Curriculum Map?

This is part of our Curriculum Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

Getting started is easy! Here's a step-by-step guide on how to start a curriculum map in Chalk. 

Note: In some cases, Chalk will have worked with the admin team of your Institution to pre-populate all of your maps within the platform. You should always use the search at the top of Curriculum to see if the map you want to work on already exists.  For example, if you are looking for the 6th Grade Math map, try searching for ‘math’ to see if it’s there. If/when you find your map please refer to the How do I edit a Curriculum Map?

Step 1:

Start by navigating to Curriculum from the main menu.

Step 2:

To create a new map, click on the New Curriculum Map button on the left-hand side.

Step 3:

Add a name to your map following the naming convention set by your school. Typically this would include a grade and subject area.

Note: The Curriculum map name is how you and your colleagues will search for the map in the future. It is important to follow your school’s naming convention to make this as easy as possible (e.g. “5th Grade Math” instead of “Math 5”). You should be able to discern the naming convention by looking at the list of maps that already exist. Otherwise, speak with your school administrator for clarification. The name can always be updated in the future.

Step 4:  

Add any curriculum sets, or standards/expectations, that you wish to associate to your map. 

Note: If you can't find the Curriculum Sets that you are looking for, you can Upload your own Curriculum, or send us your formatted Curriculum Sets to upload officially.

Step 5:

As an optional step, you may add Tags to your curriculum map. Tags make it easier to search for maps. Again, you should follow any naming conventions for tags that have been set by your school.

Step 6:

Click Create! Now you are ready to start editing your curriculum map.

For more information Curriculum maps, take a look at these articles:

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

How do I edit a Curriculum Map?

This is part of our Curriculum Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

In this article, we will cover how you can edit a curriculum map in Chalk once it's been created. If your Curriculum Map has yet to be created, click here for more information. 

Note: Chalk supports real-time collaboration for curriculum maps.

Step 1:

Once you have created a map, it will automatically take you to the platform where you are able to manage units and input content. If you wish to edit an existing map, select the map you wish to revise from the Curriculum Map List in the main page. You can also search for a map by searching for the name or tags associated with the map. 

Step 2:

A course overview summary will pop up on the right-hand side of the screen. This summary lists the units within the map, the suggested teaching days, as well as the curriculum/standards sets attached to the map. To proceed to revise the map click on the Edit Draft button.

Step 3:

Now it’s time to start building your map. This part of the platform will allow you to create units, input content, manage standards coverage, and publish/export your curriculum map.

To edit a Unit, select the Edit tab in the header.

In the Edit Unit modal, you can set your Unit Number, the Unit Title, and the suggested duration of the unit. To learn more on setting the Unit Duration of your map, see this article.

As well, you can add tags to the Unit, or colour-code it,  making it easier to find.

Step 4:

Now that you edited or created your Unit, you are ready to add content to your map! To do so, hover over and click on the box you want to add content to. You can now type, or copy and paste your content into the box. Each box supports the ability to format tables, add images & video links to outside resources as well as integrate with Google Drive.

As you add content to your map, it will auto-save your content.

Note: To learn more about each type of content box and their attributes, click here.

Step 5:

To add standards to your unit, scroll down to your Standards box, and click on the +Standards button. 

This will show you all the curriculum sets that have been added to this map. Click on the Add button to add any standards you would like to this unit. As well, you can use the search feature at the top to search for any keywords associated with the standards you are looking for. All the standards will now be attached to your map. You can click on Remove to remove any standards you wish to remove from the unit. Once you are done, click Save

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

How do I create learning targets in a Curriculum Map?

This is part of our Curriculum Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

Creating learning targets can be a way to distill high-level curriculum standards into tangible learning outcome statements that are in student-friendly language. 

Note: Your curriculum map template will need to have learning targets enabled in order for you to be able to create and assign learning targets. Here is how you can enable learning targets in the standards field when creating a template.

Step 1:

Assign the standards to a unit field for which you would like to create learning targets.

Click here for more information on how to do this.

Step 2:

Click on + Assign or Create Learning Targets next to the standard.

Step 3:

From the window that appears:

a) Select a colour for the learning target (Handy if you want to colour-code your learning targets)

b) Give a code name for these learning target (eg. A number or letter, etc…)

c) Add in the description for the learning target

When you are done, click Create.

Step 4:

You will see that the learning target for this standard has been created. Click out of the window when you are finished.

Step 5:

Any learning targets created and assigned to the standard will show up here.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

How do I search and add standard sets to my Curriculum Map?

This is part of our Curriculum Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

Curriculum maps allow you to add Standard Sets to assign and attach to units. This article will help you search and add standard sets to the map you are creating. 

Step 1:

Choose the map you wish to edit from the Curriculum Map List in the center. You can also search for a map by searching for the name or tags associated with the map. Click on the Edit Draft button. 

Step 2:

To search and add a curriculum set, click the Gear Icon located in the upper right of the screen. Click on Search for Standards and Expectations and you will be prompted to search. All sets uploaded by Chalk are formatted as follows:  

(state/province/common core)  - grade # - subject  

NOTE: Standard sets uploaded by Chalk are marked official as they're pulled directly from the source document. Teachers can also share standard sets, but these will not have the official tag. This is because teachers are free to customize these sets as they see fit. To learn more about how to upload standards sets see this article.

Once you have added standard sets to your map, click here to learn how to add standard sets to individual units.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

How do I assign standards to individual units in a Curriculum Map?

This is part of our Curriculum Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

This article is a guide on how to assign individual standards from a standard set to the units within a curriculum map. You will need to add standard sets to your curriculum map before you can add them to your units. Click here for more information on how to do so.

Step 1:

Select a unit within your curriculum map. To add standards to your unit, click on +Standards button in the Standards field box.

Step 2:

This will show you all the standard sets you have added to this map. Simply click on the Add button to assign any standards you would like to this unit. You can see any that have already been added are unavailable for selection. 

You can also use the search feature at the top to search for any keywords associated with the standards you are looking for. All the standards will now show on your map. You can click on the ‘X’ to remove any standards you want to remove from the unit. Once you are done, click Save.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

How do I set unit duration or pacing in a Curriculum Map?

This is part of our Curriculum Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

This article is a guide on how you can set the unit duration or pace of your curriculum map. Unit Duration, or Pacing, is the suggested amount of time that teachers will need to successfully teach each unit. It will also schedule the unit to that number of lessons when teachers assign the map to their subject. Click here for more information on how to attach a curriculum map to a subject within Planboard.

You can edit from either Unit Content view or from Pacing Guide view. This article will cover both approaches.

Unit Content View

Step 1:  

Choose the map you wish to edit from the Curriculum Map List in the centre. You can also search for a map by searching for the name or tags associated with the map.

Click on the Edit Draft button.

Step 2:

Next, click on the Unit you want to set the suggested unit duration for and select Edit button.

Step 3:

In the Suggested Duration (Days) box, use the arrows to choose the number of days for this unit, or type the number into the box. 

When you are done, click Save

Step 4:

Continue the above steps for each unit of your curriculum map.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

Pacing Guide View

Step 1:

Click the dropdown option at the top left within a curriculum map.

Step 2:

Select Pacing Guide.

Step 3:

Click a Unit’s bar on the month or year calendar and click Edit Duration on the tooltip that appears.

Step 4:

From the window that appears, edit the suggested unit duration (number of lessons) and click Save.

Step 5:

The pacing guide will display the updated unit duration.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.