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February 28, 2017

Familiarising Australian policymakers and educators with

Guest blog by Dr. Michael Watt, Education Consultant, Australia

I found that after only two years since its foundation, 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.

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February 23, 2017

From the Superintendent’s Desk: Using EdReports Reviews to Support an Educator-led Adoption Process

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.

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February 22, 2017

California Curriculum Collaborative Offers Regional Workshops

The California Curriculum Collaborative, a partnership of Pivot Learning and, is proud to present a series of regional workshops designed to guide districts through the tools and processes crucial to curriculum adoption. The free, hands-on sessions will help district teams strategize the most beneficial way to select instructional programs according to the individual needs of districts, teachers, students, and the entire learning community.

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Press Releases

February 7, 2017

Pivot Learning and launch the California Curriculum Collaborative, a new resource for instructional materials adoption

Oakland, CA – Today, February 7th, 2017, Pivot Learning (, an Oakland-based nonprofit supporting dozens of CA school districts to improve college and career readiness, launched the California Curriculum Collaborative ( in partnership with, a national nonprofit providing rigorous evidence-based reviews of K-12 instructional materials. offers free independent analysis of K-12 Math and English Language Arts materials from national publishers as well as best practices for curriculum adoption.

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January 24, 2017


This month, as our educator review teams continue to put in hundreds of hours completing reviews, I'm excited to not only reflect on our progress from 2016, but share our timeline for publishing more reviews in early 2017.

We now have almost 200 grade/course instructional materials reviewed at These reports represent the work of accomplished educators meeting weekly for thousands of hours over the past year. It is the dedication of these educators that led to a great 2016 in which we:

Looking forward, we have approximately 100 grade and course level reviews that will be published in the next few months. We will post these new reviews – including our inaugural K-2 ELA reports – starting in February and continuing throughout the spring. You can find the materials currently under review on the website and let us know which materials you would like to see reviewed.

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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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