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Pacing guide template for North Carolina Digital History
An editable pacing guide for LEARN NC's digital textbook for North Carolina history. This Excel workbook contains two spreadsheets. The first lists modules and chapters with suggested pacing; each chapter title links to the relevant...
Format: document
Learning from new teachers
Mentors can share in the hope and enthusiasm of new teachers.
Format: article
By Joy Jenkins.
Building and maintaining an online professional learning community
Many schools have moved away from one-time workshops and toward the more sustained approach of professional learning communities. But finding the time for all PLC members to collaborate can be difficult. This article offers suggestions for using online tools to make PLCs run more smoothly and effectively.
Format: article/best practice
By Jayme Linton.
Safeguarding the Bill of Rights
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 6.5
In this lesson plan for grade eight, students read about the Bill of Rights and assess how people in various professions work to maintain those rights.
Format: lesson plan
By Andrea Stewart, Keisha Gabriel, and Patty Grant.
They're all on the same page...and I'm grading page 1 of 700
In The First Year, page 2.10
Plan your classes to make your own work manageable.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.

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A written schedule displaying the alignment of concepts, topics, and skills related to a particular curriculum to be addressed over a defined period of time.

Additional information

There is no single format for a pacing guide. They may be as simple as a list of topics organized by week or as comprehensive to included instructional strategies, assessments, materials, and alignment to a set of standards. Individual teachers, departments, or teachers across a district might collaborate to design a pacing guide. Textbook publishers often create pacing guides to supplement their texts, offering suggestions for how a teacher might cover the material during a given amount of time.

Examples and resources

The Brunswick County School System offers these pacing guides for K-12 Common Core and NC Essential Standards.