The danger of fragmented materials and the power of a cohesive, knowledge-building ELA curriculum
Here are our top 25 most-visited posts of 2018.
An overview of the Instructional Practice Guide suite of tools
Meet students not only where they are, but also where they're going.
An inside look at the development of summative assessments
How do we determine that students are increasing their literacy skills as they progress across grade levels?
Differentiation between the vocabulary standards in the Reading and Language Strands
Introducing a new evidence catcher to facilitate instructional materials decisions
Concrete strategies to help classroom educators get involved with assessment design
Advice for where to ask--and find answers--to your education questions
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
Findings from a 2017 survey about instructional materials usage among educators
A curriculum director explains how to help educators see the potential of aligned assessment
Finding unbiased information about instructional materials.
Identifying and using high-quality, ELA Open Educational Resources successfully
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.
Assessments should align to good standards-based instruction. Instruction shouldn’t align to a bad assessment.
Identifying excellence in instructional materials
Compare the features of popular text set sources
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
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.
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
Core Knowledge's approach to literacy instruction
Where to Find High-Quality Curricular Materials for ELLs in the Public Domain
Core Knowledge's Linda Bevilacqua explains where purchasers can improve their CCSS understanding to make better decisions
First grade teacher, Adrienne Williams, describes the strengths and challenges of Core Knowledge Language Arts.
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
Learn how the Collaborative is planning on creating and vetting 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
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