Designing effective coaching sessions that reflect teacher needs
Designing reading activities to engage K-12 students at home
A kindergarten teacher shares strategies and advice
Recommendations for how to search for a new ELA/literacy program
Free, standards-aligned resources to facilitate remote learning
Is your reading program working? What can you do to improve it?
A veteran teacher explains the strengths and weakness of the program based on her experience
Instructional Routines for Whole-Class Reading and Writing
How a focus on building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction can enrich ELA instruction and engage learners
Building a diverse classroom library with the help of First Book Marketplace
Resources and guidance for educators
A Framework for Text Complexity in ELA and Reading
Building Teacher Capacity with the Reading Foundational Skills
Bringing Knowledge-Rich Curricula to Life
How Twitter Changed the Way I Learn
FAQs about using choice boards
How to Craft a Meaningful Professional Learning Experience for a Room Full of Strangers
Learning Requires Trust, Especially for Teachers
Support for educators serving English Learners
A year of school visits highlights what makes curriculum work
The danger of fragmented materials and the power of a cohesive, knowledge-building ELA curriculum
Using Podcasts and Documentaries to Supercharge Background Knowledge and Bolster Reading Comprehension
The elements of a well-structured student writing prompt
Ways to Partner with Your Local Public Library
Increase Achievement, Motivation, and Connection with Students Through Classroom Games
Using morphology, context clues, and outside resources to help students decipher word meanings
A tool for fostering intentional and purposeful learning
Educators share how they've made exit tickets a powerful tool for supporting students
Strategies to deliver positive, focused feedback to improve all aspects of student writing
Using academic choice boards to build metacognition
Here are our top 25 most-visited posts of 2018.
A reflection on the free Bookworms ELA curriculum for K-5
A teacher's recommendations for how to select text excerpts that make students love reading
Why a text-centered approach, instead of a strategies-based approach, is more effective
Three steps for creating an effective writing assignment
Lessons learned from teachers who've implemented the curriculum
Strategies for moving beyond "follow-the-leader" style art projects and developing an art curriculum that supports student learning across subjects
Introducing a new tool to observe the components of foundational skills instruction
Strategies from an English Language Learner Specialist
Why aren’t students successful writers and what can teachers do to help?
An overview of the Instructional Practice Guide suite of tools
Why building a culturally responsive classroom matters for the success of ALL students
Reinventing how your students discuss text within the classroom
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.
How implementing Pear Deck changed my classroom.
A process for supporting writing practice with K-2 English Language Learners
What makes a good interim assessment program?
Activities to support the connection between reading and writing
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
A technology integrationist introduces digital tools to support collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.
A Technology Integrationist’s Guide to 21st Century Learning (Part 1)
One coach’s reflection on increasing the foundational skills block
How do we determine that students are increasing their literacy skills as they progress across grade levels?
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.
Strategies to help students engage in daily writing practice
Incorporating strategies to make phonics time the best time of day
Providing teachers with content-focused options for coaching support
Differentiation between the vocabulary standards in the Reading and Language Strands
How Wit & Wisdom Supports English Language Learners
Why using decodable readers can be powerful
Bringing complex content and instruction into a high-needs school district
Introducing a new evidence catcher to facilitate instructional materials decisions
Helping All Kids Grapple with Grade-Level Content
How I use graphic organizers in my classroom to promote student independence
Concrete strategies to help classroom educators get involved with assessment design
Three ways to use assessment for good
A high school teacher shares concrete suggestions for sparking curiosity and stimulating quality research questions
Advice for where to ask--and find answers--to your education 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.
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
A new framework for developing and implementing clear district-wide support for teaching and learning
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
Students create their own high-interest text sets to build knowledge
An introduction to the Vermont Writing Collaborative's Writing Checklists
A curriculum director explains how to help educators see the potential of aligned assessment
Finding unbiased information about instructional materials.
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?
Amid the sea of free online materials and digital applications, here are five places we’d start our search.
Learn how structured phonics instruction is critical to literacy development and a necessary part of an ELA 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
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
The benefits of topic-based independent reading on student motivation
Learn how educators can use Pinterest to identify and collect high-quality instructional resources
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
Compare the features of popular text set sources
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
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
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 the Oakland Unified School District designed a teacher-centered materials review selection process
The President of Core Knowledge challenges fellow publishers to complete an alignment rubric
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
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.
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.
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.
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
The K-12 OER Collaborative plans to create a year-long open educational resources curriculum.
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?
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
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
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
What are the differences between a traditional review and an IMET review? A teacher who’s done both explains.
Common Core-aligned resources for popular read-alouds, basal stories, and anthology selections
A North Carolina literacy coach explains what the CCSS ELA Shifts mean for classroom materials
How Milwaukee built a review team that reflected the needs of the teachers and students
Washington's work to identify OER and put them to use in classrooms
What are OER? Where can you find them? How should you use them?
Conducting a review was harder than expected, but it illuminated how critical this information is for publishers
Sue Pimentel, one of the lead writers of the Common Core, introduces the Publishers’ Criteria
How Louisiana communicated its alignment concerns to publishers
An introduction to supplementing and adapting instructional materials
Educators from Granite Falls uncovered benefits to reviewing that they hadn’t anticipated
A teacher explains the unexpected connection she uncovered between materials reviews and the classroom
When is the right time to use the IMET? Whether you’re purchasing, supplementing, designing, or simply building capacity, the IMET can help.
As instructional materials reviews are made public, how should states and districts use that information?
Today’s review teams will function differently than review teams of the past, requiring new skills and experience
Selecting and training the review team
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
The Shifts are a powerful frame to help drive understanding of the Common Core
Even though many districts are not in a position to purchase new materials in the short-term, training reviewers now is a smart long-term investment
Welcome to Aligned, a publication dedicated to the conversation about Common Core-aligned instructional materials
Breaking district and state lines in the journey toward finding Common Core-aligned materials
Details Louisiana's instructional materials review process
Designed by some of the lead writers of the Common Core, the IMET is a free tool that states and districts are using to evaluate the alignment of instructional materials to the Common Core
One district leader explains how joining the Instructional Materials Task Force offered an opportunity for collaboration, professional development and deeper clarity on the Standards