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Intermediary Statements

Client: Pearson Education/Educational Systemics

Proposition

  • Pearson Education commissioned Educational Systemics to supply them with an organizational framework, or Intermediary
  • The Intermediary correlated to each state’s academic standards for social studies and to the C3 (College, Career, & Civic Life) Framework
  • CSA developed an Intermediary of 14,000 statements that
    • State a single concept (STFk)
    • Give a single basic prompt (Process)
    • State a single overarching topic (Concept)
    • Are grade-neutral
    • Are curriculum-neutral
    • Demonstrate a consistent level of granularity
    • Stand independent of context

Schedule

  • 9 months total for all states

Team

  • 1 staff project manager, 10 statement editors

Team Roles

  • Project manager, statement editors

Method of Intermediary Creation

  • Create correlating Intermediary statements based on text content
  • Rewrite state standards as Intermediary statements
    • Basic rewrite
    • Conceptual examples
  • Rewrite C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards as Intermediary statements


Civics Supplement Writing and Revision

Client: EMC Publishing

Proposition

  • Develop 33 civics lessons to function as a state-specific workbook and supplement to a national text program for middle school
  • Create new lessons and assessments
  • Rewrite existing lessons to address VA civics standards
  • Develop lesson templates and Scope & Sequence
  • Ensure coverage of state standards for civics

Schedule

  • 4 weeks

Team

  • 1 staff manager, 1 editor, 2 freelance writers

Team Roles

  • Social studies project manager, content editor, writers

Impact and Awards

  • Project completed ahead of schedule
  • Allowed EMC to offer a tailored supplement to address VA civics standards
  • Civics instruction that encourages student engagement in real-world activities and topics
  • Reaffirmed strong relationship with client


McGraw-Hill Social Studies

Client: McGraw-Hill Education

Proposition

  • Plan and develop GK social studies program for California
  • Develop planning chart/Scope & Sequence
  • All-new writing for Teacher’s Edition, Inquiry and Writing Journal, and Student Research Companion
  • Perform all page reviews and printer proof reviews
  • Revise all GK manuscript
  • Ensure coverage of state standards and correlate to page level

Schedule

  • 4 months for GK planning and program development

Team

  • 1 staff manager, 2 staff editors, 1 staff copy editor, 5 writers

Team Roles

  • Editorial managers, content editors, writers, copy editors

Impact and Awards

  • Successful implementation of social studies program in California
  • Quality elementary-level instruction meeting California state standards for history/social science
  • Repeat client that has worked with CSA for many years


Kids Discover Teacher’s Guides

Client: Kids Discover

Proposition

  •  Develop 25 Teacher’s Guides for G1–G6 to accompany Kids Discover magazine
  • Develop Power Vocabulary lessons for G1–G6
  • Edit manuscript for all grades
  • Perform layout for all grades in InDesign

Schedule

  • 4 months

Team

  • 1 staff manager, 2 staff editors, 2 staff copy editors, 6 writers

Team Roles

  • Editorial manager, content editors, writers, copy editors

Impact and Awards

  • Successful social studies program used in multiple states
  • Quality elementary-level instruction that meets the Common Core State Standards
  • Extensive instruction in history, geography, government, economics, and civics
  • Fostered ongoing partnership with client


Major Revision for Science and Social Studies

Client: Glynlyon

Our client prefers not to share visual examples of the project.

Proposition

  • Align and provide correlations report for course materials in science and social studies G1–G2 to NGSS and C3 before and after revisions
  • Develop revisions to 8 teacher workbooks and 40 student workbooks in print for G1–G2 science and social studies to remove religious references and add aligned content to NGSS and C3
  • Create Scope & Sequences and all instructional materials for new science unit
  • Copyedit manuscript for all grades and subjects
  • Perform composition and design for all grades and subjects in PDF and InDesign
  • Revisions must maintain the same level of rigor and stay within the limits of current page size, spec, and count

Schedule

  • 3 months total for alignment and G1-G2 revision and development

Team

  • 1 staff manager, 1 staff editor, 1 staff designer, 2 staff copy editors, 2 correlators, 5 writers

Team Roles

  • Editorial manager, content editor, designer, copy editors, correlators, writers

Impact and Awards

  • Successful science and social studies program used in multiple states
  • 30% increase in alignment to NGSS and C3 due to revisions
  • Worked within tight constraints
  • Developed a new science unit that integrated seamlessly with existing model

Assessment Development for Science and Social Studies

Client: Kids Discover

Our client prefers not to share visual examples of the project.

Proposition

  • Create approximately 800 assessment questions for digital-only articles that include true/false, multiple choice, short answer, and discussion
  • Write answer reasoning for short answer and true/false questions and plausible distractors for multiple-choice questions
  • Input all assessment questions onto a client-provided template for upload into client’s platform
  • Focus on assessment creation that aligns with the Lexile level of the article

Schedule

  • 3 weeks

Team

  • 1 executive editor, 5 writers, 5 content editors, 1 copy editor

Impact and Awards

  • Consistently ahead of schedule with each delivery
  • Developed manuscript template that allowed for ease of content review, copy edit, and input onto client-provided template
  • Repeat client that has worked with CSA for many years
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