Each year more educators become familiar with the growing research that shows a direct link between the quality of instructional materials in classrooms and student achievement.1 The findings are pretty compelling drawing attention to the fact that merely shifting from poor quality to higher quality materials can be a “game changer” for some students.2 Providing professional learning for using such materials is equally powerful and important.3 Getting higher quality instructional materials into the hands of all teachers and providing them the support essential to implement them well and appropriate for their students is one critical way to address equity issues in schools today.
In December 2020, nearly $54 billion of additional stimulus funding was made available from the U.S. Department of Education to support schools in a variety of ways. From Covid safety, to digital connectivity, to learning loss, districts across the country have significant flexibility in how the majority of these funds can be used.
As a veteran educator who taught for multiple decades in both public and private institutions, I vividly recall those beginning of the year faculty meetings and professional development sessions where we were all introduced to the newest initiative, program, or curriculum for the coming school year. I would be handed a big stack of stuff, boxes of books, maybe attend a half-day training, and then I'be be sent on my way with a pat on the head and well wishes.
While we are all excited to put 2020 behind us, EdCuration has some new things in store for 2021 that make the transition to the new year even more exciting. We have designed new programming to benefit everyone involved in making curriculum and instruction decisions on behalf of K-12 education. The first is the launch of this blog.