May 9, 2017
Know that the work that you do on behalf of kids is making a big difference.
On behalf of the entire EdReports team, thank you for the hundreds of hours you spend reviewing instructional materials, and your continued support!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!
May 1, 2017
By Carolyn Glicklich, 4th - 7th Grade Learning Specialist, Manhattan
I have hours to think when I’m running. Among these thoughts are my job, my life, my students. Now that it’s almost the end of another school year, a recent jog turned into a reflection on how far my students have come and how we’ve worked to get here.
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