EdReports' Mark LaVenia, Phasha Spencer, and Lauren Weisskirk survey the instructional materials market in part one of our webinar series.
This is the first in our four-part Coffee Chat webinar series on the state of the instructional materials market.
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The importance of high-quality instructional materials remains at the forefront of effective teaching and learning. Because of the critical role materials play in supporting teachers and students, it is vital for all stakeholders to have a better understanding of the materials market. In the first Coffee Chat of our four-part series, The State of the Instructional Materials Market: What Teachers Want, and Students Need, from Curriculum, you’ll gain insight into how the market is changing, how we analyze teacher perceptions of their materials, and how states and districts can support educators to use high-quality curriculum that makes a difference in classroom practice and the instruction students receive.
Mark LaVenia is a Data Strategist at EdReports and the lead researcher for the organization’s annual State of the Market report. He was a Strategic Data Project Fellow alumnus through the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, and a special education teacher and literacy coach before earning a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy.
Lauren Weisskirk is the Chief Strategy Officer at EdReports and a key contributor to the organization’s annual State of the Market report. She has served in a variety of roles within public education and previously led instructional policy, professional learning, and organizational management teams at the New York City Department of Education.