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December 12, 2016

Know the Materials

By Bethany Lockhart, Teacher, CA
I'm always thinking about what I need to teach and how to structure my lesson to best support my students. Until recently, I’d been trying to do this all from scratch, which led to lots of sleepless nights and hours and hours of lesson planning and searching the internet for quality lessons. Recently it hit me: I don't need to create lessons every day in order to support the students in my classroom!

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November 3, 2016

Kids Deserve to Learn from the Best Materials

We caught up with Jana Bryant, Math Instructional Coach with Daviess County Public Schools in Kentucky. Jana shares how rigorous college and career-ready standards can improve and deepen student learning, and in order to reach these standards, how much what is taught in the classroom matters. She also shares more about her experience as an EdReports.org reviewer.

Why do quality instructional materials matter for teachers and kids?

Teachers and students deserve resources that are up-to-date with the technology that is present in their homes and schools.  

Kids deserve to learn from the best materials. Teachers should be able to spend the majority of their time engaging with and offering feedback to their students, and refining their own instruction. Many teachers spend too much time searching for and creating their own standards-aligned resources. Teachers use instructional materials as a crucial guide to indicate if they are holding students and themselves to the correct level of expectations intended by the standards.

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September 7, 2016

Putting Students First

"What I love about the EdReports.org process is that it prioritizes the factors that are most important for supporting students." Read the full guest blog post by Maya Lars, National Board Certified Teacher and reading specialist, Prince George's County (MD) Public Schools. 

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August 26, 2016

A Golden Opportunity

Read guest commentary by Steven Helton, most recently the Director of Elementary Education with Rutherford County Schools, NC, currently working with Department of Public Instruction with NC Public Schools.

"It was my discovery of EdReports.org, their process, and comprehensive reviews that compelled me to become a reviewer on the EdReports team. The reports provide a golden opportunity to strengthen programs and support teachers."

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August 25, 2016

Updates to Alignment Designations and High School Math Reports

Two months ago, we released our inaugural high school math reports. After publishing these reports, we conducted our listening tour of educators, district leaders, publishers, and policymakers to identify strenghts and areas for improvement. Refinements to the website and to the review process are informed by these conversations. As Renee Sagaser, Superintendent of Schools in Fair Play, MO shared, “What we really appreciate about EdReports is that it helps us to see the differences between which materials are focused, coherent and rigorous, which ones are close, and which would require significant supplementing and adjusting to be aligned. With these changes, we can better identify the degrees by which materials meet – or do not meet – our needs of high-quality, aligned instructional materials.”

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June 28, 2016

Paying it Forward

Read guest commentary from Jeff Crawford, Secondary Math Specialist, from the Mead School District in Spokane, WA. Jeff shares how his work as a content reviewer helps him "pay it forward" to support teachers and students in his district and nationwide. As Jeff says: "At this HS math launch milestone, I was reminded that the EdReports.org review process is markedly different. EdReports’ tool is unique, using practitioner wisdom while drawing upon the standards and other seminal documents, e.g., the standards, progression documents, publishers’ criteria, and various tools like the IMET and EQuIP. Our tool is built for and by educators – for and by educators across the range of roles, governances, and localities. We created our tool with the primary intent to support educators so we may do what’s best for kids."

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