Heidi Hayes Jacobs

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Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs (born October 4, 1948) is an author and internationally recognized education leader known for her work in curriculum mapping, curriculum integration,[1] and developing 21st century approaches to teaching and learning.[2]

Jacobs is president of Curriculum Designers, Inc.[3] and Executive Director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute. She works as an education consultant with schools and districts K–12[4] on issues and practices pertaining to: curriculum reform,[5] instructional strategies to encourage critical thinking,[6][7] and strategic planning.

Major publications[edit]

"Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World", ASCD, Alexandria, VA. January, 2010. (with Jaimie Cloud)[8]

"The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates, Tools, and Resources for Effective Professional Development", ASCD, Alexandria, VA. 2009. (with Ann Johnson) [9]

"Active Literacy Across the Curriculum: Strategies for Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening", Larchmont, NY. April 2006.[10]

"Getting Results with Curriculum Mapping", ASCD, Akexandria, VA. November, 2004.[11]

"Mapping the Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment K–12" ASCD, Alexandria, VA, 1997.[12]

"Interdisciplinary Curriculum: Design and Implementation." ASCD, Alexandria, VA. 1989.[13]

Field work[edit]

President of Curriculum Designers, Inc. Co-founder and Executive Director, Curriculum Mapping Institute.[14] Teaching in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC, 1981 to present.[15] Co-founder of The Hollingworth Center at Teachers College, Columbia University.[16]

Doctoral work completed at Columbia University’s Teachers College in 1981. Master’s degree from the UMass at Amherst and undergraduate studies at the University of Utah in her hometown of Salt Lake City.

Wide ranging consultations include organizations like: the College Board,[17] NBC Sunday Today Show, Children’s Television Workshop, CBS National Sunrise Semester, ASCD,[18][19] IBM EduQuest, The Discovery Channel, Tapestry Productions, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Council,[20] New York City Ballet Education Department at Lincoln Center, the Peace Corps., the National School Conference Institute, the Disney Company, Prentice-Hall Publishing, the Near East School Association based in Athens, Greece,[21][22] International Baccalaureate, the European Council of International Schools,[23] and state education departments.[24][25]

Press coverage[edit]

Interviews and features have appeared in the New York Times,[26][27] Educational Leadership,[28] Child Magazine, Sunburst Communications video on Successful Middle Schools, and National Public Radio "Talk of the Nation" Broadcast.[29] Dr. Jacobs has published curriculum materials with Prentice Hall,[30] Milton-Bradley, the Electric Company, and Bowmar Publishing. Video Journal of Education[31] features a series on her work, in addition, two other video series developed by ASCD focus on Dr. Jacobs’ curriculum models.[32] PBS features two of her courses for teachers, Curriculum Mapping by Heidi Hayes Jacobs I & II,[33] in their professional development program, PBS TeacherLine, delivered on-line.


  1. ^ Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. Mapping the Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment K–12. ASCD, Alexandria, VA 1997.
  2. ^ http://www.tc.columbia.edu/centers/mssc/heidihayesjacobs.htm
  3. ^ http://www.curriculumdesigners.com
  4. ^ http://elmsd.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/elmsford-news-ltr-3-07-f.pdf
  5. ^ Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. "Designing With Rigor: Crafting Interdisciplinary High School Curricula." The High School Magazine, Vol. 4 #3, March/April, 1997.
  6. ^ Jacobs, Heidi Hayes."A Case for Multiple Configurations", Educational Horizons, October, 1988.
  7. ^ Jacobs, Heidi Hayes and Borland, James H. "The Interdisciplinary Concept Model: Theory and Practice" Gifted Child Quarterly, Fall 1986, pp. 159–163.
  8. ^ http://shop.ascd.org/productdisplay.cfm?productid=109008
  9. ^ http://shop.ascd.org/ProductDisplay.cfm?ProductID=109010
  10. ^ http://www.eyeoneducation.com/prodinfo.asp?number=7023-1
  11. ^ http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Getting-Results-with-Curriculum-Mapping/Heidi-Hayes-Jacobs/e/9780871209993/?itm=1
  12. ^ http://shop.ascd.org/productdisplay.cfm?productid=197135
  13. ^ http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/61189156.aspx
  14. ^ http://www.cmi2009.com
  15. ^ http://www.tc.columbia.edu/admissions/catalog-archives/0405/pdf/SPECIAL%20FACULTY.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.tc.columbia.edu/centers/hollingworth/
  17. ^ Klein, Julie Thompson Interdisciplinary Education K–12 and College: A Foundation for K-16 Dialogue. College Board Publications, New York, NY. 2002
  18. ^ Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. “Creating a Timely Curriculum: A Conversation with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs”. ASCD Educational Leadership. Dec. 2003/Jan. 2004. pp. 12 – 17.
  19. ^ Jacobs, Heidi Hayes: “Connecting Curriculum Mapping and Technology: Digital Forms Aid Data Analysis and Decision Making” ASCD Curriculum Technology Quarterly. Vol. 12, No. 3. Spring 2003.
  20. ^ Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development. Turning Points: Preparing American Youth for the 21st Century. Washington, D.C. Carnegie Corporation of New York 1989.
  21. ^ http://www.nesacenter.org/wti09-jacobsmctighe
  22. ^ Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. An Interview with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs. NAIS. Independent School Magazine. Fall 2001. pp: 18-22.
  23. ^ Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. “The Teacher as Designer: Integrating the Curriculum.” ECIS International Schools Journal. Vol. 18, No. 1. November, 1998. Pp. 22–33.
  24. ^ Applied Academics: Modernizing Vocational Education. (1990, March). Columbus, OH: Department of Education, Division of Vocational and Career Education.
  25. ^ Connecticut State Department of Education. Celebration of Excellence: Curriculum Projects from the Awards Program (1986–1990)
  26. ^ http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE7DB1F3CF935A35752C0A967958260
  27. ^ http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE3D9133DF934A35751C1A9659C8B63
  28. ^ Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. "Planning for Curriculum Integration", Educational Leadership, Vol. 49 #2; Oct. 199l.
  29. ^ http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1010364
  30. ^ Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. “Redefining Assessment”, Social Studies handbook on Alternative Assessment, Prentice hall, Boston, MA 1997.
  31. ^ http://www.schoolimprovement.com/experts/heidi-jacobs.html
  32. ^ http://shop.ascd.org/productdisplay.cfm?productid=699049
  33. ^ http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/courses/INST300/
  • Perkins-Gough, Deborah (2003). Creating a timely curriculum: a conversation with Heidi Hayes Jacobs [Electronic version]. Educational Leadership, 61(4), 12-17 (interview).

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