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ERIC Number: EJ1264492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Do Your Materials Measure Up? Remote Learning Underscores the Need for Quality Curriculum
Hirsch, Eric; Allison, Courtney
Learning Professional, v41 n4 p28-31 Aug 2020
Districts and states have worked around the clock for the past several months to put new structures in place for students to learn safely during an unprecedented crisis. Instructional materials matter for student success. They mattered before the COVID-19 crisis, and they will matter even more as schools transition into new teaching formats this fall. As educators prepare for an uncertain return to school, many may feel pressure to throw out what they know about curriculum and rush toward buying materials that are high-tech and digital. Since 2015, EdReports has worked with educator reviewers from across the country to publish reports for more than 700 math, English language arts, and science grade-level materials. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, EdReports has held conversations with dozens of state and district leaders, classroom teachers, and instructional coaches to identify how best to support immediate and long-term needs to accelerate learning. Based on what they heard, this article presents five recommendations to educators on how to identify, build capacity for, and leverage high-quality instructional materials to support students, whether they are learning in the classroom, at home, or in a hybrid setting this fall: (1) When it comes to curriculum, make content the top priority; (2) Leverage quality curriculum to accelerate learning; (3) Take time to analyze your remote learning options; (4) Beware of marketing hype and sales spin; and (5) High-quality professional learning will be key.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A