November 9, 2017
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:
November 7, 2017
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.
October 26, 2017
"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.
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:
October 12, 2017
“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
September 27, 2017
We recently caught up with EdReports Board member and principal at Sitton Elementary School in Portland, OR, Dana Nerenberg, and EdReports Reviewer and high school teacher in Brooklyn, NY, Arthur Everett to chat about how growing as leaders has impacted their schools as well as the importance of educator voice in the national education landscape. Both were 2016-17 U.S. Department of Education School Ambassador Fellows.