July 13, 2017

3 Reasons Materials Matter

Since 2015, EdReports has worked with over 300 educator reviewers who collaborate with one another to create our reports. These educators are classroom teachers, instructional coaches, and district and state leaders who meet weekly in virtual professional learning communities to evaluate instructional materials.

Often reviewers share with us and each other why they spend hours every week to ensure that districts have the information they need about the alignment and usability of available instructional materials. They share why they believe materials matter so much. We've captured three of those powerful reasons to share with you. 

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May 1, 2017

Going the Distance with High-Quality Materials

By Carolyn Glicklich, 4th - 7th Grade Learning Specialist, Manhattan

I have hours to think when I’m running. Among these thoughts are my job, my life, my students. Now that it’s almost the end of another school year, a recent jog turned into a reflection on how far my students have come and how we’ve worked to get here.

Running a marathon requires close attention to pacing. Too fast and I bonk. Too slow and my attention wanes. Each marathon brings a new challenge and another training plan, a proven method to support runners through 26.2 miles. It also requires passion. I cover hundreds of miles and train for hundreds of hours to be ready to succeed and cross the finish line.

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April 18, 2017

EdReports Reviews of K-2 ELA Materials Reveal a Range in Alignment, Quality

EdReports.org, a nonprofit that provides free online reviews of instructional materials, announced the results of its first round of English Language Arts (ELA) reviews for grades K-2. Their findings revealed that two of the six instructional materials series reviewed fully met alignment criteria for all grades reviewed.

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February 23, 2017

Using EdReports Reviews to Support an Educator-led Adoption Process

Guest blog by Glenn “Max” McGee, former Superintendent, Palo Alto Unified School District

Choosing the right materials is one of the most critical instructional decisions that superintendents make.

When high-quality, aligned materials are used in classrooms, we know that we are setting up our teachers and students for success. When we get the decision right, we ensure that high- quality, aligned materials are being used throughout our classrooms.

If we get it wrong, we will end up spending time, money, and human capital on augmenting or fixing the content over the next several years.

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December 12, 2016

5 Ways to Make your Materials Work for You

Guest Blog by Bethany Lockhart, Teacher, CA
I'm always thinking about what I need to teach and how to structure my lesson to best support my students. Until recently, I’d been trying to do this all from scratch, which led to lots of sleepless nights and hours and hours of lesson planning and searching the internet for quality lessons. Recently it hit me: I don't need to create lessons every day in order to support the students in my classroom!

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August 26, 2016

A Golden Opportunity

Read guest commentary by Steven Helton, most recently the Director of Elementary Education with Rutherford County Schools, NC, currently working with Department of Public Instruction with NC Public Schools.

"It was my discovery of EdReports.org, their process, and comprehensive reviews that compelled me to become a reviewer on the EdReports team. The reports provide a golden opportunity to strengthen programs and support teachers."

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