Shameless plug alert: the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is out with a new journal edition and I was privileged to co-author one of the articles. Curriculum that Counts is all about the ways states can lay the foundation for districts to implement high-quality curriculum and professional learning, and my piece highlights four different state approaches with advice for other leaders exploring this work.
OK, enough about me. The reason I’m so excited about this journal is that it has something for everyone working to expand access to better materials across the country.
- Curious about specific state policies governing textbook selection? RAND authors Julia Kaufman and Sy Doan have you covered in this helpful roundup.
- Want to unpack some of the challenges with implementation of quality materials? David Steiner outlines common barriers and why and how they might be overcome.
- Eager to understand the state of quality curriculum for science? EdReports gurus Eric Hirsch and Sam Shaw explore the expanding landscape of science materials and provide clear calls to action to move this work forward.
- Love “Sold a Story” and eager to know more about efforts to promote high-quality literacy instruction? Ruth Wattenberg digs into the need for knowledge-building ELA materials in this meaty piece.
The issue also offers poignant opinion pieces by Andy Rotherham, who pulls back the curtain on his work on the Virginia State Board of Education; Lu Young, who shares teacher-centered board priorities in Kentucky, and NASBE President Paolo DeMaria, who outlines change management structures for advancing quality materials.
Thank you, NASBE, for compiling these resources to drive state action on behalf of teachers and kids.