Here are our top 25 most-visited posts of 2018.
A reflection on the free Bookworms ELA curriculum for K-5
Why a text-centered approach, instead of a strategies-based approach, is more effective
Introducing a new tool to observe the components of foundational skills instruction
Why aren’t students successful writers and what can teachers do to help?
An overview of the Instructional Practice Guide suite of tools
Why instructional practice should be at the heart of all instructional materials decisions
Exploring the updates to the Instructional Practice Guide
Strategic selection and organization of questions can be a scaffold that helps English learners grapple with highly complex questions.
Meet students not only where they are, but also where they're going.
What makes a good interim assessment program?
The benefits of integrating reading and writing practice
An inside look at the development of summative assessments
How to use the free WriteReader app to support English Language Learners
One coach’s reflection on increasing the foundational skills block
Though this literacy program uses leveled readers, it focuses on building knowledge through topic-based units and ensures students are not limited to a single reading level
An experienced educator provides a literacy protocol for interpreting scientific complex texts.
How Wit & Wisdom Supports English Language Learners
Why using decodable readers can be powerful
Helping All Kids Grapple with Grade-Level Content
Three ways to use assessment for good
A high school teacher shares concrete suggestions for sparking curiosity and stimulating quality research questions
Best practices for creating homework that raises student achievement
An interdisciplinary PLC develops common strategies and rubrics to support student writing.
Avoid common pitfalls in the ELA classroom with these strategies
Learn how the Instructional Practice Toolkit can help teachers make connections between planning, instruction, and student outcomes.
A new framework for developing and implementing clear district-wide support for teaching and learning
See how using this goal-setting structure can help you achieve content-focused goals during the school year
Working with teachers to improve their understanding and use of curricular materials
A curriculum director explains how to help educators see the potential of aligned assessment
Finding unbiased information about instructional materials.
A team of teachers share strategies to increase student ownership in literacy
What should we look for in powerful classrooms?
Learn how structured phonics instruction is critical to literacy development and a necessary part of an ELA curriculum
Identifying and using high-quality, ELA Open Educational Resources successfully
Using mini-assessments to break free of the norm
The benefits of topic-based independent reading on student motivation
Learn how to determine a student’s current reading fluency level and pinpoint problems impeding students from becoming fluent readers
Four classroom strategies that can help build fluent readers
Literacy experts David Liben and David Paige explain the characteristics of reading fluency
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
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
How Core Knowledge is different than other curriculum options
An ELL expert explains what the Common Core means for teachers of English language learners
An administrator’s guide to promoting teacher innovation
A Brookings Institution report explains how much we DON’T know about instructional materials in use in today’s classrooms.
A reading interventionist explains the strategies she uses to help struggling readers benefit from complex texts.
An interview with Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools
New case studies share a look at the process of adapting math and ELA materials
Building tier 2 vocabulary is critical to comprehending texts across content areas, yet it often receives insufficient attention in existing curriculum options. What can teachers do to fill the gap?
Achieve created a rubric and review process to facilitate peer reviews
Learn how the Collaborative is planning on creating and vetting materials.
The K-12 OER Collaborative is working to create Common Core-aligned resources
A panel of experts pinpointed the biggest problems with today’s ELA/literacy materials
Keep up-to-date with the latest media coverage of instructional materials
An SAP literacy specialist explains how small changes to the IMET can have a big impact on users
Conducting a review was harder than expected, but it illuminated how critical this information is for publishers
A teacher explains the unexpected connection she uncovered between materials reviews and the classroom
Advice on selecting and training strong review teams
Even when districts approach materials review processes from different perspectives – and with different objectives – collaboration provides important benefits