Voices

November 9, 2017

Beyond the Classroom: 2 Questions Parents Can Ask About Their Children’s Instructional Materials

Guest Blogger Jenni Aberli has been an educator for two decades and is currently a High School English Language Arts Specialist  and proud parent living in Louisville, KY.

In my current role as a High School English Language Arts Specialist in Louisville, KY, I work with high schools to support teachers with curriculum and instruction. Beyond this career that I love, I’m also a parent. This has changed me in many ways and even shapes how I approach my work. When I go into any classroom or look at instructional materials, my first thought is always: is this good enough for my child? And if it’s not good enough for my child, then it’s not good enough for any of our students.

Most parents have careers outside of the field of curriculum and instruction. It can be tough to know if the instructional materials our kids are bringing home are supporting their learning and helping them grow, especially since there’s no one correct way to teach and no single book that has all the answers. However, there are two simple questions parents can ask to know more about the quality of their children’s materials:

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November 7, 2017

Materials matter beyond the classroom

Educator Jenni Aberli talks about the importance of instructional materials in her own son’s life and how the materials he brings home are building his skills and shaping his future. 

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October 26, 2017

What we put in front of kids has to have meaning

"Curriculum shapes the instruction that happens in the classroom." Elementary school teacher Donald Nicolas shares his thoughts on how curriculum and materials are impacting his students. 

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News

October 18, 2017

New K-12 Math and ELA reports released today

EdReports just released new information on five programs in K-12 math and English language arts. 

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Voices

October 12, 2017

EdReports reflection of WestEd Educator Focus Groups: Teachers share how they evaluate their instructional materials

In spring 2017, WestEd published findings from a series of focus groups with teachers from across the country, all of whom had participated in formal adoption curriculum processes in English Language Arts, mathematics, or both in the past five years. The first set of conversations centered on how teachers evaluate the quality of instructional materials in their classrooms.  

We’ve been thinking a lot about these focus group conclusions and how these voices connect to our work at EdReports.org. Here's what we found:

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October 12, 2017

High-quality materials allow students to be excited by what’s going on in the world

“High quality materials allow for coherence, for rigorous learning, to have students be excited by what’s going on in the world.” – Steve Lebel, teacher, NH

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