This page was originally authored by Stephanie Brook in February 2013.
Atlas Curriculum Mapping Software Atlas is a curriculum mapping software that allows for an educational institution’s curriculum to be shared, analyzed and refined by a team of educators through an online platform. It allows for multiple users to view, edit, analyze and contribute to the different units of study, and to share resources through the online software. Developed in 1989 by Rubicon, Atlas has grown in popularity and is now used by approximately 20,000 schools in more than 120 countries worldwide.
According to the SAGE Glossary of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2009), “Curriculum mapping was developed after World War II as traditional scope and sequence charts and promoted later by [Dr. Heidi Hayes] Jacobs (ASCD, 1997) as an effective tool that engaged teachers and staff in a collaborative effort to increase managerial control.”(p.131) The Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration (2006) defines curriculum mapping as “a process developed… to discern the actual as opposed to the desired curricula being employed in schools.”(p.2) This method has been developed by countless schools and school boards, as well as software developers, as a way to more thoroughly examine what we are teaching, analyze it, and find ways to improve it.
Atlas curriculum mapping software is an online resource and is highly collaborative in nature, allowing teams of educators to build on their shared understandings of a unit of study as the years go by. New resources can be added, and old ones taken away. Curriculum mapping is often used in schools where teachers are being asked to collaboratively build a curriculum to “support the achievement of each student through an articulated, seamless curriculum”(Truesdale, Thompson & Lucas, 2004, p.10). Atlas achieves this goal, and allows curriculum to truly become a living, working record of the teaching and learning that is taking place in a school.
What is Power School?
With PowerSchool, parents will be able to access vital information about their children quickly and accurately. They can see the results of tests and assignments as soon as they are recorded, enabling them to intervene quickly and communicate with counselors and teachers, if necessary.
What can I see on the PowerSchool site?
⦿ Parents and students can access the following information:
⦿ Grades for current classes, as well as the assignments that make up those grades
⦿ Attendance Records for current and previous items
⦿ Teacher comments / Discipline Log
⦿ Reports via Email, which allow parents to request daily, weekly, or monthly reports to be sent via email
What is required for a parent to connect to the PowerSchool Server?
Users need the following to connect:
⦿ A computer with a connection to the Internet
⦿ Safari, Internet Explorer or Firefox
⦿ A login username and password supplied by the School
What do I do if I forget or lose my PowerSchool password?
Login ID and password is key to the security of your student’s private ACADEMIC information. If you have lost your ID or password, you will need to inform your school supervisor to take the appropriate action
Can I change my ID and Password?
It is not possible for you to change your ID and password. Keep it confidential.
Do parents and students see the same information in PowerSchool?
When students and parents access the PowerSchool server, they see the same information with one exception; only parents have the ability to request automatic progress reports via email.
Is it possible to lose this privilege of PowerSchool parent access for a period of time?
ADNOC Schools have adopted a policy whereby if a student has a fine or other outstanding issue, parent access for that student will be denied until the issue is resolved. Contact the if you have questions regarding this policy.
Why does it take such a long time for PowerSchool to load in my web browser?
The speed at which your web browser can display a specific website depends on the speed of your own internet connection.
Do I need to log out of PowerSchool? Can I simply exit or close my browser window?
Logging out is the only way to ensure no other users can access the information you have securely logged in to view. Please make sure you Logout when you are finished with PowerSchool.