Teacher Preparation’s Big Opportunity

As high-quality instructional materials (HQIM) become increasingly prevalent in K-12 classrooms, the instructional landscape is undergoing significant change. We need teacher preparation programs to keep pace with this evolution. Historically, teacher preparation programs have treated individual lesson plan creation as THE essential teaching skill. Teacher candidates are graded on their ability to create a lesson […]

93% of students lack evidence-based ELA curriculum. We think that’s a crisis.

As we look back on 2020, it’s hard to deny the chaos and uncertainty around our work that this global pandemic has foisted on educators. Together with an awakening about racial injustice, the pandemic has inspired necessary conversations about educational equity and access – with no easy answers. For curriculum leaders and academic officers, we […]

Making the Case for a Break With Reading Workshop

Our recent webinar, The Shift From Reading Workshop to Research-Aligned Curriculum, was the most popular #CurriculumMatters event yet. We weren’t surprised… in fact, we held this webinar by popular demand! After recent acknowledgements of flaws with Reading Workshop by its author Lucy Calkins, a number of schools appear to be considering a change. Accordingly, questions […]

Curriculum is Trending. Here’s Why.

We love the growing conversation about the importance – especially in 2020 – of high-quality curriculum. Lately, the buzz about curriculum has been hard to miss. Here’s what has the field talking: Renewed Concerns About a Popular Curriculum Lucy Calkins, the author of the Teachers College Readers Workshop program, recently acknowledged a longtime concern about her program – […]