Teacher Tools

Spotlight On Partners and Grantees Working to Get High Quality Aligned Instructional Materials to Teachers

January 26, 2017 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

Research tells us that high-quality, aligned instructional materials is important in helping teachers support their students in mastering the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to be college and career ready. But too often, teachers do not have access to the tools and materials they need to grow and improve…

Louisiana Supports Teachers with Aligned Instructional Materials

January 26, 2017 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

Busy teachers across the country work hard every day to help their students meet high academic standards. Many teachers report spending hours every week searching online for lessons and materials to use in their classroom, and some spend even more time developing and adapting materials to align to their state’s…

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work Webinar and Storify

June 11, 2016

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Teachers and Students presents the findings from a survey of over 4,600 teachers about the challenges they face when using digital instructional tools. “Brute force and awkwardness” is how Nicole Cerra, co-founder of Design Tech High School, describes the process by which she and…

Learning from Our Efforts: Improving Teacher Effectiveness at Scale

June 6, 2016 | Effective Teaching

By Irvin Scott In the summer of 2008, during a basketball game with a group of guys half my age, I ended up tearing my Achilles tendon. I had surgery to have the tendon repaired, and was back again playing basketball three summers later, only to suffer the same exact…

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…

Q&A: How LearnPlatform Harnesses Educators’ Expertise to Improve Edtech

May 20, 2016 | Instructional Leadership

Navigating the vast landscape of edtech tools can be a daunting and time-consuming task for educators and school systems. Too often, it’s difficult to know which tools are worthwhile—and in which contexts they work best. We explored solutions to this challenge through our Progress in Action campaign last month. One…

Q&A: How Duval County Uses Standards-Aligned Tools to Drive Achievement

April 22, 2016

School districts around the country are stepping up to address an urgent need: to align curricula to new, high standards and adopt tools to aid teachers in teaching to them. One example is Florida’s Duval County Public Schools, which recently began using open educational resources from EngageNY to align its…

Kappan: Teachers collaborate across state lines to design high-quality units

April 14, 2016 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

By Ash Vasudeva and Amy Slamp Common Core and Literacy Design Collaborative tools provide the foundation for strengthening teaching and learning. With states and districts implementing new academic standards based on the Common Core State Standards, teachers have more opportunities than ever to collaborate around the shared goals of strengthening…

Huffington Post Education: What’s Working: Getting Teachers More Common Core Aligned Materials

April 14, 2016

Much has been written and debated on the state-led shift toward more rigorous, consistent K-12 education standards commonly known as Common Core. At the same time, that intense focus on the standards has obscured an equally important shift – the adoption of instructional resources aligned to the new standards. If…

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…