Teacher Tools


Merit Prep Personalizes Learning One Playlist at a Time

in Tools and Resources / Common Core

Networks for School Improvement: When Schools Learn, Students Learn


Survey Says: Parents are Willing Partners on Personalized Learning, But We Must Engage Them

in Student Performance / Parent Engagement

Tools to Help School Leaders Make Smart Staffing Decisions

in Tools and Resources / Teacher Leadership

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.…

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…

Digital Games Twitter Chat

May 21, 2015

Education writer Greg Toppo and Vicki Phillips hosted a Twitter chat on what makes a digital game good (or bad), what teachers have learned from bringing digital games into their classrooms and what game designers can learn from teachers’ experiences. Highlights and favorite tools from the chat are curated below. [<a href="//storify.com/drvickip/edgamechat" target="_blank">View…

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…

Evaluation: Empowering Effective Teachers

August 12, 2015 | Effective Teaching

Ever since the Empowering Effective Teachers initiative began in Hillsborough County, Florida, Robert Kriete’s professional learning community has taken a more targeted, and more productive, approach to improving practice. Kriete, an 8th grade English teacher at Eisenhower Middle School outside Tampa, began to discuss with his PLC each week specific…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…