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?
- Promotes 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.
- Saves 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.