High-quality instructional materials that are aligned to state standards can help boost student achievement and reduce variability in the quality of instruction across classrooms. In Alignment of Instructional Materials, SREB examines the level of support and leadership SREB states provided in 2014-15 and 2015-16 to help educators identify and use high-quality textbooks, lesson plans and other materials aligned to state K-12 standards.
Professional development is a powerful tool for changing schools, yet professional development is frequently done poorly and results in little or no positive change. Participants examine the characteristics of professional development in high and low-performing schools; learn how to structure successful learning for the staff; and learn how schools can create a professional learning community.
What professional learning opportunities have state departments of education provided to help educators implement their new college- and career-readiness standards? This benchmarking report provides a descriptive overview of each state’s professional learning for teachers.