Instructional Materials

Read more about the materials that are used to help students learn the curriculum
Kate Maxlow, director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment at Hampton City Schools, who helped give students a voice in curriculum redesign, works in her office on January 12, 2024.
Kate Maxlow is the director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in Virginia's Hampton City school district. She worked with students to give them a voice in shaping curriculum.
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Curriculum Q&A Why One District Hired Its Students to Review Curricula
Virginia's Hampton City school district pays a cadre of student interns to give feedback on curriculum.
Caitlynn Peetz, February 5, 2024
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Social Studies Opinion The Black History That Moves Us: A Resource List for Educators
Here are some books, documentaries, websites, and social media accounts to help you teach Black history in all its complexity.
Daphanie Bibbs, Abigail Henry, Dawnavyn M. James & Gregory Simmons, January 31, 2024
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Sixth-grade students use their Chromebooks for an exercise during class with their teacher Jen Howe at Portage West Middle School in Portage, Mich., on Nov. 29, 2023.
Sixth-grade students use their Chromebooks for an exercise during class with their teacher Jen Howe at Portage West Middle School in Portage, Mich., on Nov. 29, 2023.
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Reading & Literacy From Our Research Center Reading Comprehension Challenges and Opportunities, in Charts
Learn where students struggle, what types of materials educators use, and their perceptions of students' stamina and pleasure reading.
Stephen Sawchuk, January 15, 2024
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Classroom Technology Video Using AI in the Classroom: Tips and Tricks From Two Teachers
AI is here to stay. How educators can maximize it in the classroom for the benefit of all.
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Classroom Technology Opinion More Than 12 Million Students Have Used This New Study Aid. What’s the Deal?
There is a near-constant stream of new ed-tech tools. What makes this one unique?
Rick Hess, January 11, 2024
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Illustration of a male student holding a pencil and conceptually solving curriculum challenge, from A to B, choosing easier or harder.
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Curriculum As Districts Choose Better Curricula, Some Teachers Say It's Too Hard
Teachers' perceptions of challenge vary by school and student characteristics, a new RAND survey found.
Sarah Schwartz, December 13, 2023
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Tele Phillips, left, and Saniyah Sims react as they cut into a bullfrog they are dissecting during a hands-on learning experience for students from the Malone Center on April 19, 2023, at the Lincoln Children's Zoo in Lincoln, Neb. The Science Focus Program Student Council arranged two days of a hands-on learning experience for elementary students from the Malone Center.
Tele Phillips, left, and Saniyah Sims react as they cut into a bullfrog they are dissecting during a hands-on learning experience for students on April 19, 2023, at the Lincoln Children's Zoo in Lincoln, Neb.
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Science Aligned Science Curriculum, Better Scores? Research Finds a Connection
A WestEd evaluation of the Amplify Science curriculum found it raised student performance on NGSS-aligned assessment questions.
Sarah Schwartz, December 8, 2023
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Reading & Literacy New Tool to Evaluate Reading Programs for 'Knowledge-Building'
The guidelines can help measure whether curricula help build kids' content knowledge using text sets, discussion, and embedded writing.
Sarah Schwartz, November 1, 2023
4 min read
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Mathematics Are Schools Choosing High-Quality Math Curricula? A New Database Offers Clues
There’s little national data about what curricula are most popular. A new project aims to change that.
Sarah Schwartz, October 17, 2023
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Equity & Diversity Researchers Find Need for More High Quality, Culturally Relevant Curriculum
A new report from The Education Trust examines the limited complexity of representation in children's books deemed to be high quality.
Ileana Najarro, September 25, 2023
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Curriculum Download DOWNLOADABLE: Choosing Grade School Books With Complex Representation of People and Topics
A new tool from The Education Trust helps educators think deeply about what complex representation of people, cultures, and topics means.
Ileana Najarro, September 25, 2023
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Classroom Technology How 3 Districts Are Integrating Tech Into Math Instruction and What They've Learned
Finding the right digital math tool for a district’s instructional philosophy, culture, and capacity is a challenge, educators say.
Alyson Klein, September 18, 2023
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The exterior of Teachers College, Columbia University, which will no longer house the popular—and controversial—literacy consultancy, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.
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Reading & Literacy Teachers College to 'Dissolve' Lucy Calkins' Reading and Writing Project
The consulting group, founded by the popular and controversial literacy icon Lucy Calkins, will soon be shutting its doors.
Sarah Schwartz, September 5, 2023
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Dennis Prager attends Politicon at The Pasadena Convention Center on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif.
Dennis Prager attends Politicon at The Pasadena Convention Center on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif.
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Social Studies PragerU, Creator of Controversial Social Studies Videos, Now Has a Toehold in Schools
Florida's Department of Education has come under fire for approving the media company's videos as supplementary materials. What's in them?
Sarah Schwartz, August 31, 2023
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