COURSE 2 Mapping the Magnet Theme Into the Curriculum

Laying the Groundwork for Theme Integration

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Advance preparation helps to lay the groundwork that magnet leaders require when guiding teacher teams through curricular theme integration. This lesson begins by suggesting that you work with the Facilitation Team to clarify the integrated curriculum designAt each site, the integrated curriculum design describes the content areas, courses, and grade levels where the theme will be integrated.. Knowing the intended design will inform your selection of a strong team to pilot the theme integration work. Then, establish an implementation timeline for completing each step, monitoring progress, and setting and communicating expectations for everyone involved.

Before you begin working with any teacher teams, it is important to do some advance preparation. Download the Curriculum Theme Integration Action Plan (.doc) tool to help you get started.

Articulate the Integrated Curriculum Design

When your MSAP grant application was written, someone thought about how fully the magnet theme would be integrated into each school site. Perhaps the design is intended to be schoolwide, perhaps selected content areas address the magnet theme, or maybe a separate pathway of courses comprises an academy.

As a magnet school gains momentum, its staff and community might decide to revise or expand on the initial design. Knowing the integrated curriculum design for each site—the specific content areas, grade levels, or courses in which theme integration should occur—will help you select the staff to pilot the work and plan the right implementation strategy. Download the Primer on Integrated Curriculum Design (.doc) tool for an overview of designs that can help to frame the theme integration work.


  • Articulate the integrated curriculum design
  • Fit the implementation approach to the site
  • Identify a pilot team for mapping
  • Develop an implementation timeline