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
Why using decodable readers can be powerful
Helping All Kids Grapple with Grade-Level Content
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.
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
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
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.
Public Prep Charter Schools created a new curriculum based on their teachers’ recommendations. Can you?
Identifying excellence in instructional materials
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
Focusing on building a student-centered classroom through digital applications
Discover why text sets work and how to use them to build student knowledge
A veteran Journeys user shares recommendations to improve basal lessons and better support teachers and students.
Strategies to scaffold instruction of Standards-aligned, complex texts
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
Where to Find High-Quality Curricular Materials for ELLs in the Public Domain
How to determine whether instructional materials support ELL's needs
An ELL expert explains what the Common Core means for teachers of English language learners
First grade teacher, Adrienne Williams, describes the strengths and challenges of Core Knowledge Language Arts.
An administrator’s guide to promoting teacher innovation
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.
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 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
The challenging, yet rewarding process of adapting instructional materials
Common Core-aligned resources for popular read-alouds, basal stories, and anthology selections
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?
An introduction to supplementing and adapting instructional materials