New Reviews: Triumph Learning’s Performance Coach for ELA & Math

[Source: Triumph Learning]

[Source: Triumph Learning]

Triumph Learning’s Common Core Performance Coach provides supplemental instructional materials for mathematics and English language arts and reading instruction in grades 3-8. Performance Coach materials are available in print format and are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Resources include practice questions formatted to reflect the CCSS-based standardized exams (i.e., PARCC, Smarter Balanced). Learning List has recently published alignment reports and editorial reviews for these materials in grades 3-8.

[Source: Triumph Learning]

[Source: Triumph Learning]

Common Core Performance Coach: English Language Arts organizes instruction in four strands: (1) Working with Literature, (2) Working with Informational Texts, (3) Writing, and (4) Listening. Common Core Performance Coach: Mathematics is organized in terms of the CCSS Mathematics domains for each grade level. Content in both products is structured using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) instructional model which gradually shifts responsibility for learning from the teacher to students. To achieve this goal, lessons are presented in three parts:

  1. Getting the Idea: Teachers introduce new concepts, model new skills, provide examples, and make connections to prior learning.
  2. Coached Example: Teachers coach students as they practice new skills and work with peers.
  3. Lesson Practice: Students practice new skills independently.

[Source: Triumph Learning]

[Source: Triumph Learning]

The Performance Coach Teacher Guide provides teachers with a detailed pacing guide for the full instructional year that references additional resources to support instruction. Guides provide correlations to the CCSS and background information to help teachers transition to the new standards and assessments. Guides include strategies for working with English language learners, rubrics to guide the evaluation of student writing, and comprehensive lesson plans.

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How Learning List Helps Districts Become Better Stewards of Taxpayer Funds

[Source: CCJEF]

[Source: CCJEF]

A Texas school district administrator recently stated that his district subscribed to Learning List in order to be good stewards of taxpayer funds. In an NPR interview, a curriculum director of an Ohio school district offered the same explanation for her district’s decision to subscribe. How does Learning List help districts become better stewards of taxpayer funds?

  • 20141216 educational-equityPromotes educational equity. Learning List seeks products to review from large publishers, smaller, boutique publishers and open education resources. Subscribing districts can also request reviews of the materials of greatest interest to them. And, once Learning List reviews a material, the review is available to all subscribers. Thus, if Dallas Independent School District (ISD) requests a review, Dimmit ISD has access to our reviews of the product. So all subscribers have the same product information and selection, regardless of the district’s size or geographic location.
  • Provides cost-effective options. Learning List seeks a wide variety of products to review. Some districts are looking for materials with many different types of support for their teachers and students. Others want a well-aligned consumable print material. And, many schools/districts want materials with features and functionality somewhere in between. Learning List’s mission is to provide high quality reviews of instructional materials offered at various price points to help districts make cost-effective purchases of instructional materials for their students.
  • Stretch-Your-BudgetSaves staff time and school/districts money. Educators in schools and districts across the country spend countless hours reviewing the same instructional materials. In some cases, schools even hire substitutes to free teachers to review materials. Learning List’s in-depth reviews help educators identify the materials with the features and functionality their students need to narrow the number of materials they have to review themselves. As a result, teachers spend less time reviewing materials and have more time to teach.
  • Increases transparency and accountability. Millions of dollars worth of purchased instructional materials go unused each year. Why? Because the materials purchased fail to live up to the publisher’s claims. Learning List’s independent reviews examine the alignment, instructional content and instructional design of each material to help schools/districts avoid purchasing materials that won’t meet their students’ needs. By holding publishers to a higher level of transparency and accountability for their claims, our reviews help educators make better informed purchasing decisions and thus become better stewards of taxpayers’ funds.
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New Reviews: Cengage Learning’s High School Math Courses

[Source: Cengage Learning]

[Source: Cengage Learning]

Cengage Learning provides comprehensive high school mathematics courses in print and eBook formats. Courses include Mathematical Models with Applications, PreCalculus with Limits, and PreCalculus with Limits: A Graphing Approach.

Mathematical Models with Applications begins with a “Chapter R” review of concepts students learned in algebra courses, and then introduces students to the uses of modeling in multiple real-world situations. Instruction addresses functions, graphing, systems of equations, probability, and statistics. Each lessons begins with a short narrative describing content, why it’s important, and how it connects to students’ lives. Informational text uses a conversational tone and is written at a level most high school students will understand. Explanations begin and end on the same page to support readability and comprehension. Important concepts are summarized in textboxes and illustrated in ample example problems that provide step-by-step solutions. The course’s page layout is uncluttered and allows students to focus on examples and easily identify solutions.

PreCalculus with Limits addresses concepts from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry in order to prepare students for calculus. The course includes an introduction to calculus and the concept of limits, and its final chapter addresses concepts in statistics. Chapters open with photographs that illustrate the real-world applications of content and references to the chapter examples or exercises to which they apply. Lessons open with clear statements of learning objectives and photographs that help students connect content to everyday experiences. New content is presented with clear, concise explanations and relevant visual elements, such as graphs, photographs, and figures. Explanations begin and end on the same page to support readability and comprehension. Some examples include side-by-side demonstrations of different approaches to solving a particular problem (e.g., graphical, numerical, algebraic). Examples are followed by “Checkpoints” that ask students to solve a similar problem as an immediate check for understanding.

PreCalculus with Limits: A Graphing Approach includes instruction in the use of graphing calculators, including “Explore the Concepts” graphing calculator activities and “What’s Wrong?” examples of common mistakes made with graphing utilities.

[Source: Cengage Learning]

[Source: Cengage Learning]

About Cengage: Engaged with you. Cengage Learning believes that engagement is the foundation of learning…engagement is at their core and their focus is on engaging with learners, both in the classroom and beyond, to ensure the most effective product design, learning solutions and personalized services — all to help people learn. Cengage Learning understands that an engaged learner is a successful one and they are leading the transition to digital with a unique faculty AND student perspective to transform learning through engagement. The name itself reinforces this core commitment — “engage” is at the “center” of all they do.

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