Curriculum & Instructional Tools

Straight from Educators: What Makes Great Schools Tick

July 26, 2017 | Professional Development

Teachers have an up-close view of schools in action—and they have firsthand knowledge of how the systems within a school can help them and their students succeed. That’s why we asked a group of teachers and teacher-leaders for their thoughts on what these systems mean to them and how leaders…

How High-Quality Instructional Materials Can Drive Teacher Growth

April 5, 2017 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has been widely heralded in recent years as one of the nation’s fastest-improving urban public school districts. Most coverage has focused on the district’s strong and stable leadership and its sustained focus on educator effectiveness. But headlines fail to capture a significant innovation: DCPS…

EdSurge: Making Technology Click in the Classroom: Teachers Share What Makes Digital Tools ‘Worth The Time’

May 29, 2016

Dan Ryder teaches high school English and humanities, but his students still wind up learning computer-aided design and 3D printing. In his classes at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, Maine, Ryder has students design and build 3D “fidgets”—small handheld toys for nervous fingers—after learning about the impact of stress…

Finding What Works: The Promise of Digital Instructional Tools

April 11, 2016

We all learn in different ways. And when it comes to preparing students with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century, teachers are always looking for new, innovative tools to use in the classroom. High-quality digital content and instructional tools help teachers tailor instruction to students’ needs and…

Calling All Teachers: Tell Us About a Tool That Works!

April 11, 2016

To do amazing work, teachers need the best tools. Just as chefs use top-grade knives to create a delicious meal, or doctors rely on accurate, dependable medical equipment to care for patients, great teachers use high-quality tools and curriculum aligned to college- and career-ready standards to help their students succeed.…

Which Tools and Curriculum Help Teachers Make #ProgressInK12?

April 11, 2016

In the first part of our Progress in Action campaign, we highlighted inspiring stories of educators who collaborate with their peers, ask their students for feedback on their teaching, and try new approaches to help all students succeed. These stories demonstrate how resourceful, flexible, and creative teachers are. Every teacher has…

Brookings Institution: Never judge a book by its cover—use student achievement instead

March 11, 2016

By Thomas J. Kane, Brookings Institution They say never judge a book by its cover. We need to start judging textbooks and other instructional materials using student achievement instead. In February and March of last year, as teachers were preparing for the first administration of the end-of-year assessments from the Partnership for…

Literacy Design Collaborative

October 6, 2015 | Common Core

Ensuring all students are prepared to succeed in college and career is at the heart of the Common Core State Standards. As teachers work hard to find ways to help all students reach these expectations, we’re working to ensure that there are high-quality instructional materials available that have been developed…

Reaching the Summit of Data-Driven Instruction

June 11, 2015

Elizabeth Dogget remembers how hard it was to personalize instruction to meet student needs while she was student teaching. “It was really difficult to track where my students were on their progress towards meeting a learning objective and giving them timely feedback,” she recalls.  “Often I would take a bunch…

Common Assignment Study

June 10, 2015

As states and districts adopt and implement new academic standards based on Common Core State Standards, it is critical to enable and examine ways for teachers to work and learn together with a shared goal of strengthening curriculum design, classroom practices, and student work products. The Common Assignment Study is…