Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

While plenty of folks are touting the affordances of digital textbooks and instructional content and prognosticating about how fast K-12 schools make the switch to digital – including me and Arne Duncan among many others, etc., The post Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

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Now education decision makers across America can see detailed reviews compiled in multiple states, to facilitate the evaluation and purchase of print and digital materials for students and teachers. edWeb Blog digital content instructional materials Language Arts Mathematics

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Mentoring Minds - instructional materials to develop critical thinking skills

Educational Technology Guy

Mentoring Minds is an educational publishing company that develops K-12 instructional materials to help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Spending on Instructional Materials, Construction Climbing in K-12

Marketplace K-12

Total spending on K-12 instructional materials stood at $11.8 Assessment Ed-tech Procurement Publishing instructionalmaterials schoolconstructionbillion in 2013-14, according to the Education Market Association.

Guide to Quality Instructional Resources Focuses on the Process, not the Purchase

edWeb.net

Questioning the quality of instructional materials isn’t new to the digital education era. Thus, there is the potential for more disparity in the quality of materials from school to school.

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We Can Do Lots More for Students with Dyslexia

MiddleWeb

Now an ELA educator, she highlights useful tools, instructional techniques, assessments, and SEL strategies. Inclusion It's Not Easy Being Tween assessing understanding Cheryl Mizerny dyslexia emotional support general education instructional materials instructional techniques special educationFormer special education teacher Cheryl Mizerny says the same techniques used to help kids with dyslexia succeed can benefit all students in the core subjects.

Renaissance Learning Acquires Schoolzilla to Marry Assessment and School Data

Edsurge

based provider of instructional software and formative assessment tools that is on a buying spree. In the past, it’s focused on pairing assessments with digital instructional materials.

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How to find, curate, and assess OER

eSchool News

As schools and districts try to reduce textbook costs and digitize instructional resources, one of the struggles many teachers have is finding good repositories of open education resources (OER). However, access itself isn’t enough and the sheer volume of materials can be overwhelming.

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Ohio Department of Education Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic an Approved Assessment Provider

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Assessments had to meet the minimum criteria in the RFQ in order to be approved for use. We are proud to support Ohio educators with this tool, helping them identify students’ needs and individualize instruction.” NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

NewseumED’s Foolproof Guide to Media Literacy

Catlin Tucker

” The Fact Finder: Your Foolproof Media Literacy Guide has 11 separate multimedia lessons designed using the 5 E’s constructivist instructional model.

Want to Boost Reading Scores? Build Silent Reading Stamina.

Edsurge

This assessment, which measures the amount of progress a student makes between two points in time, ideally falls between 1.5 Historically, educators have assessed readers based on how quickly they read.

3-Year Damage Assessment: What Has Race to the Top Done to Us?

The 21st Century Principal

This added technological burden comes at a time when teachers have more students in their classrooms than ever, and less instructional materials and text materials than ever, all because of a governor and state legislature unwilling to fund education in North Carolina. We keep ramping up the testing, changing standards, but we cut instructional materials and professional development funding. I think I have been fairly clear. I am no fan of Race to the Top.

Four Classroom-Ready Tips to Boost Reading Engagement and Drive Learning

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This diverse, engaging approach to content selection is apparent whether teachers are using material to support core curriculum, inform independent reading—or something in between. Natalie Franzi, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Middletown Township Schools 2. Empower teachers to personalize instruction Ultimately, it comes down to the teacher. Kenneth McKee, Literacy and Instructional Coach, Buncombe County Schools 3. What leads to reading success?

Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Instruction Aligns to WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation Criteria for English Language Learners

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June 13, 2018—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Instruction for Grades K–8 recently met all correlation criteria for the WIDA PRIME V2 Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for ELLs (PRIME V2). NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Granularity

K12 Open Ed

The reasons for this are many — ranging from the culture of some schools that holds instructional materials as sacrosanct to the lack of time and/or expertise to do this work. However, I think another key element is the very nature of instructional materials.

New AP course materials are getting an independent review

eSchool News

In collaboration with the College Board, Learning List has developed a review methodology that assesses materials’ alignment to the Learning Objectives and Skills/Practices contained in the new AP course frameworks for math, science and history courses.

Vet What You Buy

A Principal's Reflections

I also see plenty of investments in materials from Teachers Pay Teachers. I am all for teachers selling lesson plans, assessments, support materials, and other resources to their peers. Teaching is tough.

It’s not about technology!

Ascend Math

As a Gates Foundation exec puts it: “ Research tells us that high-quality, aligned instructional material is important in helping teachers support their students in mastering the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to be college and career ready.” I agree completely however not all students need the same instructional material at the same time. It’s about delivering the right instruction to the right student at the right time!

Let’s Prepare Students for the World—Not Tests

Edsurge

Preparation can consume weeks or even months of classroom instruction. Materials are typically decontextualized, with multiple-choice items that mimic the format of standardized tests. Mathina Calliope of NWEA, which develops the widely used MAP assessment, answers the question of whether you can prepare students for the test: “Of course; it’s called good teaching. Should you sacrifice a week (or more) of instruction to give children pointers on the process of elimination?

BACK OFFICE BUSINESS: Number of States Reporting Lexile and Quantile Measures Doubles

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And in the 2018-2019 school year, that number is expected to double as more than half the nation are projected to report Lexile and Quantile measurements from their state assessment systems.

Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

Edsurge

At the time, Wireless Generation was expanding from its roots in K-3 reading assessment into new areas: intervention, professional development, and data systems. We focused on the essential needs of the market—curriculum, assessment, and intervention—which aligned with our core competencies and interests. Our mCLASS assessments for K-3 reading are used by more than 2 million students across the country.

Renaissance and Learning A-Z Partner to Promote Literacy

techlearning

The companies are working together to provide personalized reading instruction. Renaissance ® announces Learning A-Z, a literacy-focused pre-K–6 educational provider of technology-enabled learning resources, as its latest Renaissance Growth Alliance™ partner.

EdReports.org Evaluates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Mathematics as the Highest-Rated K–8 Mathematics Program

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Expert educators from EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit that delivers evidence-based reviews of instructional materials, found that Ready Mathematics met expectations for all evaluation criteria across all grade levels after concluding its recent review of the program.

Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)

Edsurge

Others went deep, with curriculum, intervention and assessment stacks. All of these players, new and old, are operating in a stable yet fragmented market, finding product-market fit in school systems’ existing market segments: core, supplemental, and assessment. (I

Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

Edsurge

To some surprise, most of the sales and adoption of its openly licensed materials have come so far from schools that ask for printed versions. Kiddom , a startup based in San Francisco, will offer core curriculum materials from the nonprofit publisher on its curriculum management system.

Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

Following that introduction, we were instructed to open our textbooks and tackle two pages of practice problems quietly at our desks. Today, we know much more about designing effective instruction, and teachers and students have more instructional resource options than ever before.

Learning List, The College Board forge AP materials alliance

eSchool News

In collaboration with the College Board, Learning List has developed a review methodology that assesses materials’ alignment to the Learning Objectives and Skills/Practices contained in the new AP course frameworks for math, science and history courses.

Differentiating Instruction with Technology

EdTechTeacher

Differentiated instruction is a method by which we can tackle this challenge and find new ways to help our students. Teachers need to acquire their own skills in using technology to provide accessible instructional materials and alternatives that will provide voice and choice for students.

New Curriculum Associates Website Weaves Customer Narrative into Product and Company Story

techlearning

The site takes a deep dive into how the i-Ready tool makes data-driven classrooms, differentiated instruction for reading and mathematics, and blended mathematics curricula a reality as told through the lens of select district implementations. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

The top 10 school IT leader concerns

eSchool News

Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. It replacing assessment readiness (which for the first time failed to make the top three). Districts are turning to digital learning materials.

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Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a more exciting time to rethink traditional, static instructional materials. As with any instructional materials, quality is key.

Seven Steps to Ensure English Learners Aren’t Left Out of STEM

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Rather, it stems from a lack of access to rigorous, age-appropriate instruction in the field. Because mastery of the English language does not necessarily determine one’s ability to grasp STEM concepts, English learners may in fact be well-suited to more advanced materials in science, math and coding. How might state assessments be unfairly disadvantaging English learners? Design assessments that consider the needs of English learners As the population of U.S.

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Rediscovering @CK12Foundation Flexbooks And More!

The Web20Classroom

More Instructional Materials-In additional to all this there are flashcards, lesson plans, assessments and other materials that can truly make your digital learning a complete experience.

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Informal survey suggests disconnect between teachers and data

eSchool News

According to the survey, only 35 percent of respondents felt that teachers at their schools had a high or very high level of comfort connecting data to instruction. Additionally, the survey revealed that current screener assessments take up too much instructional time.

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New Certification Rewards Education Products Backed by Research

Edsurge

One of the companies in the first cohort that earned the certification is Newsela, which takes content from trusted brands such as National Geographic and the Associated Press and turns it into instructional materials.