Guidance for Selecting or Curating High-Quality Instruction…

• All staff who will be supporting its implementation, such as instructional coaches and instructional technology staff • Parents In some states, districts are required to survey the community before a curriculum adoption, as well. Supplemental materials impact fewer students and teachers than core materials. When adopting supplemental materials, distributing the needs assessment to the teachers who will be using the new material(s) and to staff who will be supporting their implementation should suffice. Aggregate the feedback gathered from the needs assessment to produce a list of features that the stakeholders believe the new material must have . These features should be reflected in the district’s rubric (s) for the adoption, as explained below.

Narrow the List of Materials

In order to ensure that the selection committee members have time and capacity to review the materials being considered for adoption thoroughly, it is

important to narrow the number of materials the selection committee will review.

Practice Tip

Optimally, the selection committee should review between three and five materials.

First, put together a list of the materials available for the content area(s) and grade levels or courses covered by the adoption. If your state has a review process, the list of materials submitted for state review is a

We have observed that reviewing more than five materials overburdens the selection committee members and results in lower-quality reviews and/or the submission of fewer completed rubrics.

good starting point. Another resource is The Learning List, a free directory of thousands of K-12 materials organized by grade band, subject and course.


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