Instructional materials/curriculum

The importance of adding rigor and relevance to instruction

By Jill Thompson | October 7, 2020

With districts and schools in various stages of returning to in-person learning, instructional design must be flexible in order to meet the needs of students in many different learning situations. Educators grappling with instructional design can learn from schools that have employed principles of personalized learning. I’ve consulted with many schools and districts on how […]

#SatChat recap: Tackling instructional mismatch

By Ariel Durham | November 18, 2019

On November 16, 2019, Learning Forward hosted a Twitter chat to discuss how to bridge the gap on instructional mismatch with experts Sarah Quebec Fuentes, associate professor of mathematics education, and Jo Beth Jimerson, associate professor of educational leadership at Texas Christian University. The chat was based on their article in the October issue of […]

New white paper: The Path to Instructional Excellence and Equitable Outcomes

By Learning Forward | July 31, 2019

Leverage high-quality instructional materials

By Stephanie Hirsh | June 4, 2019

Studying and implementing high-quality instructional materials anchors the work of effective learning teams. Learning Forward has elevated the importance of this work for the same reason we amplified the role of equity in our vision — a recognition of the need to prioritize and be explicit about the strategies that have the most potential to […]

What makes curriculum work: 4 lessons for administrators

By Learning Forward | May 30, 2019

By Barbara Davidson and Susan Pimentel The Knowledge Matters Campaign is a coalition of education leaders encouraging schools to focus on developing students’ foundation of content knowledge. Earlier this year, Knowledge Matters members visited seven elementary schools that share a commitment to knowledge-rich schooling and belief in comprehensive, high-quality curriculum, implemented schoolwide, as a means […]

Commit to High-Quality Materials and Embedded Educator Support

By Stephanie Hirsh | April 18, 2019

A 2015 study by Schmidt and Burroughs found that low-income students are less likely than high-income students to have high-quality content and materials in the classroom. The authors said, “As it stands now, students’ chances to learn challenging content depend on whether they are lucky enough to attend a school that provides it. In effect, […]

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