One district leader explains how joining the Instructional Materials Task Force offered an opportunity for collaboration, professional development and deeper clarity on the Standards
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
Details Louisiana's instructional materials review process
Breaking district and state lines in the journey toward finding Common Core-aligned materials
Welcome to Aligned, a publication dedicated to the conversation about Common Core-aligned instructional materials
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
The Shifts are a powerful frame to help drive understanding of the Common Core
Even when districts approach materials review processes from different perspectives – and with different objectives – collaboration provides important benefits
Advice on selecting and training strong review teams
Selecting and training the review team
Today’s review teams will function differently than review teams of the past, requiring new skills and experience
As instructional materials reviews are made public, how should states and districts use that information?
When is the right time to use the IMET? Whether you’re purchasing, supplementing, designing, or simply building capacity, the IMET can help.
A teacher explains the unexpected connection she uncovered between materials reviews and the classroom
Educators from Granite Falls uncovered benefits to reviewing that they hadn’t anticipated
An introduction to supplementing and adapting instructional materials
How Louisiana communicated its alignment concerns to publishers
Sue Pimentel, one of the lead writers of the Common Core, introduces the Publishers’ Criteria
Conducting a review was harder than expected, but it illuminated how critical this information is for publishers
What are OER? Where can you find them? How should you use them?
Washington's work to identify OER and put them to use in classrooms
How Milwaukee built a review team that reflected the needs of the teachers and students
A Kentucky teacher explains what the CCSS Math Shifts mean for classroom materials
A North Carolina literacy coach explains what the CCSS ELA Shifts mean for classroom materials
Common Core-aligned resources for popular read-alouds, basal stories, and anthology selections
What are the differences between a traditional review and an IMET review? A teacher who’s done both explains.
Why Louisiana chose to share all its curricular reviews online and where you can see the findings
The challenging, yet rewarding process of adapting instructional materials
A panel of experts met to pinpoint the biggest problems with today’s math textbooks: here’s what they found
An SAP math specialist explains how small changes to the IMET can have a big impact on users
An SAP literacy specialist explains how small changes to the IMET can have a big impact on users
Keep up-to-date with the latest media coverage of instructional materials
A panel of experts pinpointed the biggest problems with today’s ELA/literacy materials
Developing a process for teachers to adapt instructional materials in mathematics
The K-12 OER Collaborative is working to create Common Core-aligned resources
Learn how the Collaborative is planning on creating and vetting materials.
Achieve created a rubric and review process to facilitate peer reviews
Achieve and SAP are looking for instructional materials aligned to the CCSS to address weaknesses in existing materials
What to look for in instructional materials that align to the SMPs
The Coherence Map can help you uncover gaps in understanding and find resources to supplement your instructional 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?
A team of 4th grade educators adapted a Pearson Reading Street lesson to better serve their students and enhance CCSS alignment
New case studies share a look at the process of adapting math and ELA materials
Well-designed materials help students tackle challenging math problems
The K-12 OER Collaborative plans to create a year-long open educational resources curriculum.
New training modules on the IMET’s Non-Negotiables and Alignment Criteria
An interview with Anne Schreiber, Senior VP of Learning Strategies, Renaissance Learning
An interview with Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools
If you’re not satisfied with the quality and CCSS-alignment of your existing math materials, here are five tips to improve them.
If you’re not satisfied with your current basal reading program, here are five things you can do to improve it.
A high school English teacher shares 10 ways classroom teachers can influence curriculum
A reading interventionist explains the strategies she uses to help struggling readers benefit from complex texts.
A Brookings Institution report explains how much we DON’T know about instructional materials in use in today’s classrooms.
CCSS author Jason Zimba shares how he uses flashcards with his daughters.
How administrators can help teachers sort through the clutter in today’s math textbooks
An administrator’s guide to promoting teacher innovation
How building specific mathematical knowledge in teachers can strengthen classroom instruction
A New York math specialist explains how he’s enhanced his school’s curriculum with tasks from Illustrative Mathematics.
What do teachers need to know to make decisions about adapting math materials?
First grade teacher, Adrienne Williams, describes the strengths and challenges of Core Knowledge Language Arts.
A training leader explains how she customized the IMET PD training to better match the professional learning needs of her district’s educators.
Core Knowledge's Linda Bevilacqua explains where purchasers can improve their CCSS understanding to make better decisions
An ELL expert explains what the Common Core means for teachers of English language learners
How Core Knowledge is different than other curriculum options
How to determine whether instructional materials support ELL's needs
Where to Find High-Quality Curricular Materials for ELLs in the Public Domain
A math teacher explains how well-designed materials can help students learn to deal with challenging math problems
Core Knowledge's approach to literacy instruction
Where to look for additional ELL resources to support Common Core-aligned lessons
How the Louisiana DOE is developing PD and looking for connections to help all districts maximize the impact of standards-aligned materials
A math teacher explains how to recognize math tasks that help students craft strong mathematical arguments
The President of Core Knowledge challenges fellow publishers to complete an alignment rubric
A K-12 math team collaborated in creating tools about the practices to enhance understanding and planning
How a district made the decision to select a new textbook provider instead of a long-used vendor
How the Oakland Unified School District designed a teacher-centered materials review selection process
Learn the difference between modeling the math and modeling WITH math
Guidance Documents to Support the Alignment of GO Math! to the CCSSM
Common Core-aligned assessments must capitalize on teacher-student relationships
Strategies to scaffold instruction of Standards-aligned, complex texts
One of the reviewers explains how the assessment review was conducted and what the findings mean for educators and students.
Learn about OUSD’s piloting process and find out what teachers thought of three popular ELA/literacy programs
A veteran Journeys user shares recommendations to improve basal lessons and better support teachers and students.
Standards co-author Jason Zimba unpacks the rectangle area formula and highlights problems with the way textbooks sometimes introduce the formula to students.
Learn how examining assessment items can be a source of professional development and deepen your understanding of the Shifts
Discover why text sets work and how to use them to build student knowledge
Focusing on building a student-centered classroom through digital applications
New training modules on the IMET’s Non-Negotiables and Alignment Criteria
A long-time middle school teacher and writing expert explains how to design strong writing instruction
Standards co-author Jason Zimba explains how word problems can build understanding of addition and subtraction.
Literacy experts David Liben and David Paige explain the characteristics of reading fluency