Guidance for Selecting or Curating High-Quality Instruction…

and how to evaluate a material’s alignment to standards for purposes of the review process.

If available, links to reliable third-party reviews of the materials being considered should be provided to facilitate committee members’ completion of the rubric for each material.

Conduct the Reviews

Many districts implement a virtual review process, only bringing committee members together to discuss the resulting data. While it may be necessary to conduct the reviews virtually, we have observed that having committee members in the same room while they are reviewing the materials independently has important benefits. Spontaneous conversations occur that often prompt committee members to explore the materials more deeply and ultimately facilitate consensus building around which materials met the distric t’s needs best. When that happens, the selection committee members become strong advocates for the materials selected. If reviews are conducted virtually, we have observed that it is important for the person managing the selection process to monitor comm ittee members’ progress carefully and send reminders regularly to keep the process on track.

Reconvene the Selection Committee

Once completed rubrics have been submitted, the person managing the selection process should analyze the committee’s response s to determine for each grade level covered by the adoption which material scored (1) highest overall, and (2) highest on each criterion. That data analysis should be documented in an easy-to-read format and provided to the selection committee members.

Research suggests that to improve teacher use of district and campus instructional resources, it is important to clearly communicate how the


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