Curriculum

The Science of Reading and Early Reading Instruction

The Science of Reading and Early Reading Instruction

The reading wars continue. If your teachers are debating the best way to approach reading instruction, we offer the articles below to inform the discussions in your district. 

The Hechinger Institute’s article “Four Things You Need to Know About the New Reading Wars,” discusses phonics instruction, balanced literacy, and reading comprehension, referencing additional articles including some of those listed below.

The Center for the Collaborative Classroom recently interviewed Dr. Louisa Moats, who shares her thoughts on the Common Core State Standards, the need for explicit instruction in foundational skills, and her understanding and background on the science of reading.

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Trends in Materials Designed for NGSS

Trends in Materials Designed for NGSS

As of January 2020, twenty states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are based on the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education. An additional twenty-four states have adopted their own standards that are based on the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education. Consequently, the standards are impacting science education for approximately 71% of United States students.

As teachers across the country have realized, NGSS changes the expectation for what science instruction looks like. NGSS moves students beyond just knowing science and demonstrating their knowledge through completing scripted science experiments and demonstrations to doing science and solving problems like scientists and engineers. This means the materials for science instruction have to change, too.

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Mapping Resources to your District Curriculum

Mapping Resources to your District Curriculum

Districts invest significant time, resources, and money into the development of curriculum and the purchase of instructional materials. A lack of consistency between the sequence of the curriculum and the sequence of instructional materials can be a hurdle to implementation of both.

Mapping instructional resources to the district curriculum will support teachers with planning so that lessons and activities from instructional materials are in sync with the curriculum. 

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New Product Review: Shmoop University’s Critical Reading and Writing for Texas Proclamation 2020

New Product Review: Shmoop University’s Critical Reading and Writing for Texas Proclamation 2020

Are you looking for materials to support Practical Writing? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Shmoop Introduction to Critical Reading and Writing.

Shmoop University’s Critical Reading and Writing is intended for the high school Practical Writing course.  The goal of this fully digital program is to “provide fun, rigorous, materials that engage and challenge.”   

The material is comprised of a single unit containing ten lessons. It is intended to span three weeks, Students progress through the material independently and at their own pace. They may work through the course in any order, guided by the interactive table of contents.

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What Alignment Means

During our many conversations with publishers regarding instructional materials we have found that the statement “aligned to standards” means different things to different people. For example, the marketing director of a publishing company recently told us that “aligned to standards” in their marketing material means that their material generally addresses the concepts contained in the standards. In contrast, when we ask educators what they understand when they read that a material is “aligned to standards,” they repeatedly tell us they expect the material to address the content knowledge and skills the standards require students to learn.


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New Product: EMC School’s Mirrors and Windows Connecting with Literature for Texas Proclamation 2020

New Product: EMC School’s Mirrors and Windows Connecting with Literature for Texas Proclamation 2020

Are your English teachers looking for an anthology that provides an abundance of reading material? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of EMC School’s Mirrors and Windows: Connecting with Literature.

EMC School’s Mirrors and Windows: Connecting with Literature is a comprehensive English language arts program for grades 9-12 (English I-IV). The materials are available in print and digital form. Mirrors and Windows focuses on literature that “provides mirrors that help students reflect on their world and windows that lead them into new worlds.” Learning List recently reviewed the student and teacher editions of the eBooks and material linked within them.

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