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
An ELL expert explains what the Common Core means for teachers of English language learners
Core Knowledge's Linda Bevilacqua explains where purchasers can improve their CCSS understanding to make better decisions
A training leader explains how she customized the IMET PD training to better match the professional learning needs of her district’s educators.
First grade teacher, Adrienne Williams, describes the strengths and challenges of Core Knowledge Language Arts.
What do teachers need to know to make decisions about adapting math materials?
A New York math specialist explains how he’s enhanced his school’s curriculum with tasks from Illustrative Mathematics.
How building specific mathematical knowledge in teachers can strengthen classroom instruction
An administrator’s guide to promoting teacher innovation
How administrators can help teachers sort through the clutter in today’s math textbooks
CCSS author Jason Zimba shares how he uses flashcards with his daughters.
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.
A high school English teacher shares 10 ways classroom teachers can influence curriculum
If you’re not satisfied with your current basal reading program, here are five things you can do to improve it.
If you’re not satisfied with the quality and CCSS-alignment of your existing math materials, here are five tips to improve them.
An interview with Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools
An interview with Anne Schreiber, Senior VP of Learning Strategies, Renaissance Learning
New training modules on the IMET’s Non-Negotiables and Alignment Criteria
The K-12 OER Collaborative plans to create a year-long open educational resources curriculum.
Well-designed materials help students tackle challenging math problems
New case studies share a look at the process of adapting math and ELA materials
A team of 4th grade educators adapted a Pearson Reading Street lesson to better serve their students and enhance CCSS alignment
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?
The Coherence Map can help you uncover gaps in understanding and find resources to supplement your instructional materials.
What to look for in instructional materials that align to the SMPs
Achieve and SAP are looking for instructional materials aligned to the CCSS to address weaknesses in existing materials
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
Developing a process for teachers to adapt instructional materials in mathematics
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
An SAP math specialist explains how small changes to the IMET can have a big impact on users
A panel of experts met to pinpoint the biggest problems with today’s math textbooks: here’s what they found
The challenging, yet rewarding process of adapting instructional materials
Why Louisiana chose to share all its curricular reviews online and where you can see the findings