March 1, 2017
We recently caught up with Vanessa Cerrahoglu after the annual CISC Leadership Conference (Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee). She, along with her Orange County Department of Education colleague Jody Guarino and EdReports.org staffer Lauren Weisskirk, presented a session for educators focused on the process of high-quality curriculum adoption and implementation. She shares a couple key points of advice from the session, depending on where you are in the process:
- If you’re starting out, visit the newly launched California Curriculum Collaborative site (www.calcurriculum.org) and begin by assessing your district’s needs.
- If you’re digging in, discover the site’s processes for adopting ELA and Math materials.
You might be tempted to jump in at the picking materials level, but take the time to put together an informed committee, align with district needs, learn what’s out there, and understand the nuances of the process.
February 28, 2017
Guest blog by Dr. Michael Watt, Education Consultant, Australia
I found that after only two years since its foundation, EdReports.org has successfully developed and implemented an operating system to evaluate the alignment of materials to the CCSS, created widespread awareness of the system among practitioners, and conducted initial activities to train teachers to use evaluations to improve the selection and use of materials in classrooms.
February 23, 2017
Guest blog by Glenn “Max” McGee, Superintendent, Palo Alto Unified School District
Choosing the right materials is one of the most critical instructional decisions that superintendents make. When high-quality, aligned materials are used in classrooms, we know that we are setting up our teachers and students for success. When we get the decision right, we ensure that high quality, aligned materials are being used throughout our classrooms. If we get it wrong, we will end up spending time, money, and human capital on augmenting or fixing the content over the next several years.
December 12, 2016
November 3, 2016
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.
September 7, 2016
"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.