Curriculum mapping is an innovative approach to curriculum design and alignment. Curriculum maps are used as planning guides to help teachers begin planning their courses with an end in mind. Mapping should be an ongoing process (there is no end point) through which teachers reflect on instruction and revise according to student needs/learning.

Curriculum mapping is a calendar-based (monthly) process for collecting and maintaining an on-going data base of the operational curriculum in a school, and/or a district.

Published maps serve as a resource for other teachers and provide parents with a clear view of instruction and assessment in their children's classes.

The maps are organized by month, and or by marking period. They reflect the prescribed state standards, the method of teaching, the materials used, and how the students will be assessed. Also, the maps provide links to other subject areas as the unit or concept of one area relates to another.

Curriculum mapping begins with the individual teacher's detailed account (diary) of what happens in his or her classroom. Individual maps are then examined by groups of teachers for redundancies and gaps and revised appropriately to ensure alignment across grade levels (vertical) and within grade levels or courses (horizontal).