Tools and Resources

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…

Tools to Help School Leaders Make Smart Staffing Decisions

December 8, 2016 | Instructional Leadership

Hear “instructional leadership,” and what comes readily to mind is the vital work of helping educators improve classroom teaching. It is a critical mission, to be sure, a key part of a principal’s job. But instructional leadership has at its foundation something broader—the capacity to build and keep great teaching…

Merit Prep Personalizes Learning One Playlist at a Time

October 28, 2016 | Student Achievement

To get up to grade level in science, Amarachi Onyemaobi knew she needed to understand the systems of the human body. Just as importantly, she knew how long it would take and what she needed to do to master the concept. A freshman at Merit Preparatory Charter School in Newark, New…

Back to School: Embracing Goals

August 19, 2016

Back to school season is upon us. For the millions of students embarking on a new school year, that means setting goals to get them on a path to be ready for college and career success. Teachers and families are not only helping those students set their goals, they also…

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…

New Roadmap Helps Parents Support Children’s Progress

April 21, 2016 | Student Achievement

Just as teachers are the experts on learning, parents are the experts when it comes to their children. And just as teachers need access to high-quality tools, so too do parents. That’s the mission of Learning Heroes—to inform parents about what’s happening in classrooms and equip them to support their…

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…

New Guidance to Ensure that Every Teacher Grows—and Every Student Succeeds

March 25, 2016 | Teacher Observation

By Lynn Olson To realize their full potential, students need access to excellent teachers. And excellent teachers need meaningful feedback to help them grow in their practice. In this way, giving teachers feedback and support ultimately benefits students and drives student success. States and districts across the country have worked…