Learn how the Instructional Practice Toolkit can help teachers make connections between planning, instruction, and student outcomes.
New guidance explains how to assess writing skills through embedded-error passages and multiple-choice items
Using effective feedback to help students master their learning goals
Find out how a blended learning station-focused model can help you differentiate instruction and give ALL students the support they need to tackle grade-level work
Insights on the value of interdisciplinary PLCs and how to create one in your school
The role of coherence in ensuring all students stay on grade level
A new framework for developing and implementing clear district-wide support for teaching and learning
Two curriculum specialists who piloted the professional learning resource share their experience
An 8th grade teacher models the process of using writing analysis checklists to make plans for future writing instruction
See how using this goal-setting structure can help you achieve content-focused goals during the school year
Findings from a 2017 survey about instructional materials usage among educators
Working with teachers to improve their understanding and use of curricular materials
Approaching year three of implementation, a math interventionist describes how her district has supported teachers in using the curriculum
Building confidence with JUMP Math’s guided discovery approach.
A math specialist illustrates the importance of providing ongoing professional development centered on quality programming.
Students create their own high-interest text sets to build knowledge
A personal story of how educators built their knowledge of mathematics fluency from the ground up, and identified creative ways to help their students master fluency expectations
An introduction to the Vermont Writing Collaborative's Writing Checklists
A high school algebra teacher creates a lesson to engage her struggling students through real-world application
An honest reflection on Eureka Math's strengths and challenges
A curriculum director explains how to help educators see the potential of aligned assessment
Finding unbiased information about instructional materials.
Avoid sabotaging the Shifts with standardized testing
What does Eureka look like in the classroom?
A high school algebra teacher shares her thoughts on high school math myths and misconceptions
Strategies to build a love of learning through content-rich nonfiction
Practical suggestions for focusing on reading fluency
A team of teachers share strategies to increase student ownership in literacy
What should we look for in powerful classrooms?
Because we don’t want to confuse the math teachers…and other reasons we need high-quality instructional materials
Using free recording software to capture students’ solution methods and help teachers reflect on their instruction
Relating mathematical thought processes to those in 21st Century careers
Amid the sea of free online materials and digital applications, here are five places we’d start our search.
How one school moved from contention to ownership of their math curriculum
Learn how structured phonics instruction is critical to literacy development and a necessary part of an ELA curriculum
A K-12 STEM District Supervisor Explains How He Used the Coherence Map to Improve His District's Math Curriculum
What do we do when they “don’t get it”?
Real-world advice for how to scaffold complex text for struggling students
Identifying and using high-quality, ELA Open Educational Resources successfully
A high school teacher explores the lessons learned after moving away from a textbook-based curriculum.
One district’s implementation of a new elementary math program
A classroom teacher and curriculum coordinator describe how they used the spiral design of their textbook to help them focus on creating coherent instruction.
A 5th grade teacher explains how she made small adjustments to improve the Everyday Math Curriculum after identifying its weaknesses.
Using mini-assessments to break free of the norm
Standards co-author Susan Pimentel explains how the elements of a high-quality ELA program contribute to student learning. She pinpoints where many current programs are missing the mark.
Designing book baskets to boost motivation, enthusiasm and engagement
How a math coach used mini-assessments to spark conversations with her teachers
The benefits of topic-based independent reading on student motivation
Learn how educators can use Pinterest to identify and collect high-quality instructional resources
A kindergarten teacher explains how she adapted some of the Everyday Math Daily Routines to challenge her students more.
An experienced educator introduces different support methods to allow struggling students to engage with grade-level materials.
Assessments should align to good standards-based instruction. Instruction shouldn’t align to a bad assessment.
Public Prep Charter Schools created a new curriculum based on their teachers’ recommendations. Can you?
Identifying excellence in instructional materials
Learn about free, high-quality mini-assessments for math and literacy.
Learn how to plan effective argument writing instruction
Learn how to determine a student’s current reading fluency level and pinpoint problems impeding students from becoming fluent readers
A Kindergarten teacher dives into Everyday Math and finds ways to make minor Routines into Major Work of the Grade practice
Compare the features of popular text set sources
Four classroom strategies that can help build fluent readers
Focusing on building a student-centered classroom through the integration of apps in the math classroom
Literacy experts David Liben and David Paige explain the characteristics of reading fluency
Standards co-author Jason Zimba explains how word problems can build understanding of addition and subtraction.
A long-time middle school teacher and writing expert explains how to design strong writing instruction
New training modules on the IMET’s Non-Negotiables and Alignment Criteria
Focusing on building a student-centered classroom through digital applications
Discover why text sets work and how to use them to build student knowledge
Learn how examining assessment items can be a source of professional development and deepen your understanding of the Shifts
Standards co-author Jason Zimba unpacks the rectangle area formula and highlights problems with the way textbooks sometimes introduce the formula to students.
A veteran Journeys user shares recommendations to improve basal lessons and better support teachers and students.
Learn about OUSD’s piloting process and find out what teachers thought of three popular ELA/literacy programs
One of the reviewers explains how the assessment review was conducted and what the findings mean for educators and students.
Strategies to scaffold instruction of Standards-aligned, complex texts
Common Core-aligned assessments must capitalize on teacher-student relationships
Guidance Documents to Support the Alignment of GO Math! to the CCSSM
Learn the difference between modeling the math and modeling WITH math
How the Oakland Unified School District designed a teacher-centered materials review selection process
How a district made the decision to select a new textbook provider instead of a long-used vendor
A K-12 math team collaborated in creating tools about the practices to enhance understanding and planning
The President of Core Knowledge challenges fellow publishers to complete an alignment rubric
A math teacher explains how to recognize math tasks that help students craft strong mathematical arguments
How the Louisiana DOE is developing PD and looking for connections to help all districts maximize the impact of standards-aligned materials
Where to look for additional ELL resources to support Common Core-aligned lessons
Core Knowledge's approach to literacy instruction
A math teacher explains how well-designed materials can help students learn to deal with challenging math problems
Where to Find High-Quality Curricular Materials for ELLs in the Public Domain
How to determine whether instructional materials support ELL's needs
How Core Knowledge is different than other curriculum options