"BuildYourOwnCurriculum is a powerful communication and accountability tool! All educators recognize the gap between the written curriculum and the taught curriculum and struggle with the resulting problems. By putting K-12 curriculum at the fingertips of every teacher in the district, staff has access to all content areas, making integration, differentiation, and accountability for key concepts and pacing obvious. The level of conversation is elevated, focusing on meeting individual needs of students while ensuring equity of opportunity. It brings everyone to the same page."
- Pat Deklotz - Superintendent
"It was so easy I couldn't believe it…You almost can't screw it up"
"For the first time I feel as though somebody might actually look at my curriculum"
- Bernie Sandlin - Health Teacher
"We pursued three elusive goals until our work with School Software Group and their BuildYourOwnCurriculum software provided us with a successful resolution. We needed 1) a "standards-up" curriculum writing tool to assure that our instruction was strongly aligned with our selected array of national, state and local standards; 2) a software tool that teachers could use "anywhere and anytime" in their efforts to analyze, describe and strengthen school and district curriculum documents; and, 3) software that made sense to teachers regardless of grade level or subject area. As an added bonus, instead of being an "as is" tool, School Software Group has provided wonderful, continuing modifications to BuildYourOwnCurriculum that have answered so many of our teacher's "I wish that our software also did this" concerns."
- Dr. Stephen Seyfer - Superintendent
"Up until now there was no easy place for (teachers) to go and find out what the standards and expectations are for a given course... ...It gives some real credibility to what's happening."
- Marci Thiry - Kindergarten Teacher
"BYOC is the cadillac of all computerized curriculum programs! Use as much or as little as you like! It is a pragmatic and systematic tool, allowing TEACHERS to create their own curricula! With teacher ownership, it is much more likely of being used effectively throughout the school year. BYOC will not be sitting dormant in some top drawer of an unused file cabinet. Instead, it will be referred to time and time again as the school year progresses.
Furthermore, BYOC bridges the gap between state standards and actual classroom practices. Before BYOC, I was frustrated because I would get to the end of the year and wonder why I hadn't covered all of my key concepts. Now, I have a clearly defined outline of my year with specific topics and concepts for each week. I feel better equipped to "stay on task" and feel the students will greatly benefit. I am excited about viewing other music teachers' curricula online and hope that they, in turn, will take advantage of mine."
- Carmen Youra - Elementary Music Specialist
"It's made me a lot more reflective about what I am teaching now"
- Alyssa Carmen - MS Science Teacher
"Children cannot learn and teachers cannot teach if they do not know the targets. A well-articulated, viable curriculum has helped to maximize student learning in our district. Build Your Own Curriculum has helped us to identify our targets for learning, which are aligned to governmental standards, and to communicate with all constituencies: teachers (including teachers from other districts), community, parents, administrators, and students. Build Your Own Curriculum has put us all "on the same page."
- Randy Hanson - Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator Integrated Language Arts
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