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All students deserve high-quality materials. Less than 20 percent of the materials in use in classrooms is aligned to standards, according to EdReports.

What you select and how you select matters. Schools and districts have more options than ever from which to find high-quality materials that meet their local priorities. The selection process by EdReports is a critical lever for ensuring that quality materials are adopted and then used well in classrooms. Current adoption practices are simply not good enough.  Check out the process offered by EdReports.

Access:  Adoption of Instructional Resources - Ed Reports' Process

Access: Annual Notices and Deadlines for Public and Non-Public Districts

Carefully chosen summaries to energize leadership, teaching, and learning include the following:  effective leadership, strengthening teachers, pedagogy that works, mindsets for learning, and classroom nuts and bolts.

Access:  The Best of Marshall Memos

Dr. Kim Jones shared this presentation at the Iowa ASCD Curriculum Leadership Academy 2022. 

Access:  Building a Strategy for Deep Understanding of Standards

Dr. Kim Jones, former Iowa ASCD Director, shares this protocol for building or reviewing/revising a Curriculum Program.

Access:  Building or Reviewing/Revising a Curriculum Program

CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that created Universal Design for Learning framework and UDL Guidelines, now used the world over to make learning more inclusive.

Access: CAST

Curriculum selection is no longer about textbook adoptions that happen every few years. Districts today are developing a strategy for instructional materials adoption and selection that takes into account district goals, pedagogical shifts, cultural relevance, and student-centered environments.

Access:  Curriculum Adoption and Strategy

Here is the agendas for the two days of the Curriculum Leadership Academy:

   *  Day 1 - July 20

   *  Day 2 - July 21

Access:  Iowa Curriculum Leadership Academy - 22


The Iowa ASCD Curriculum Academey - 2023 took place July 24-25, 2023.  You may access the presentations made on each of those days at this site.

Access:  Curriculum Leadership Academy - 2023

Jay McTighe and Catlin Tucker identify four key actions educators can use to prepare students for a lifetime of continuous and autonomous learning.

Access:  Developing Self-Directed Learners by Design

This is the evaluation tool provided by SAI and developed by more than 70 central office administrators.

Access: Evaluation of Central Office Administrators 


This protocol for examining assessments with others is available through the National School Reform Faculty.

Access:  Examining Assessments

Angela Di Michele Lalor shares how examining curriculum with a focus on key elements of effective learning allows educators to gain clarity about what they are teaching and why.

Access:  Five Elements of a Relevant Curriculum

The KASAB addresses the knowledge, attitudes, skills, aspirations, and behaviors of curriculum leads in demonstrating the functions/work of those curriculum leads.

Access:  KASAB

 This site is a curriculum director's "dream come true," with resources to support your work as well as protocols and processes to give structure and organization to that work.

Access: National School Reform Faculty  

Dr. Kim Jones, former Director of Iowa ASCD, shares this protocol for Prioritizing and Unpacking Standards.

Access:  Protocol for Prioritizing and Unpacking Standards

Tony Frontier and Jay McTighe have shared an article about the role of well-crafted rubrics creating a shared language that lets teachers and students work together.

Access:  Rubrics - Their Role in Providing Relevant Feedback

Learning Forward's site for professional learning supports for learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

Access: Standards for Professional Learning

Educator Jenni Aberli discusses three important questions parents can ask to know more about the quality of their children's materials.  (edreports blog)

Access:  Three Questions Parents Can Ask about Instructional Materials

Purpose of the Tuning Protocol — Since its trial run in 1992, The Tuning Protocol has been widely used and adapted for professional development purposes in and among schools across the country. It is best suited to look at a piece of work (from a student, teacher, administrator, etc.) in order to “fine tune” or improve it in some way

Access:  Tuning Protocol

This protocol for vertical alignment is the work of Kris Jakicic.

Chalk also provides steps in looking at the vertical alignment of curriculum. 

Example of a K-12 Vertical Alignment for English/Language Arts

Texas Education Association Association provides vertical alignment charts for K-2.

What do I do if my school does not have vertical team planning?  If your school does not have vertical team planning, try one of these five ideas:

  1. Communicate with your building’s administration to see if they can arrange a time for educators across grade levels to meet.
  2. Create a questionnaire for educators to fill out to identify what is being taught in their grade.
  3. Initiate 1:1 conversations with the educators in the grade below the one you teach.
  4. Talk to the educators in the grade above the one you teach to inquire about what foundational skills they would like to see students enter their classrooms equipped with.
  5. Create a Google Sheet with columns for each grade level to fill in. This will show at a glance what content is being taught.

Access:  Vertical Alignment


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This page was last updated: 8/4/23