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Aligning Evaluation and Curriculum

This resource describes different options for addressing the potential tension that could arise between a required evaluation tool and the […]

Email for End-of-Year Communication

This resource contains a sample email communicating successes, progress, and plans for next year.

Considerations When Changing Materials

This resource provides guidance for those considering changing instructional materials at the end of the school year.

End-of-Year Stepback Considerations for Staffing

This resource supports planning for your End-of-Year Stepback. The End-of-Year Stepback has new dimensions to consider around staffing changes for […]

Quarterly Stepback Meeting Norms

This resource provides sample meeting norms. Setting norms are essential for discussing data and productive meetings.

Project Planning Check-in Agenda

This check-in agenda can be used for regular but brief meetings of the implementation team to assess progress on the […]

PowerPoint Communicating Support Plan: Training, Planning, and Coaching

These resource provides a sample PowerPoint for outlining the training supports and expectations.

Email Communicating Support Plan: Training, Planning, and Coaching

These sample emails – one to the school leader/coach from a district leader and one to teachers from the school […]

PowerPoint for Communicating Pacing, Use, and Planning

This resource provides an example of a PowerPoint that can be shared with teachers to follow up on the expectations […]

Email for Communicating Pacing, Use, and Planning

This resource provides an example of an email that can be shared with teachers to follow up on the expectations […]

Collaborative Planning Models

This resource outlines different models for how to structure your collaborative planning supports.

Teacher Focus Group on Planning Support

This resource provides sample questions for a teacher focus group to understand current supports for planning.

Support Roles for Teacher Planning

This resource outlines potential roles and responsibilities for supporting planning and supporting those who support planning.

PowerPoint Communicating Assessment Choices

This resource provides a sample PowerPoint that can be shared with leaders and teachers about the assessment plan that will […]

Email Communicating Assessment Choices

This resource provides a sample email that can be shared with leaders and teachers about the assessment plan that will […]

Resources on Grading

This resource outlines the considerations that should be taken prior to finalizing or adjusting a grading policy. It also provides […]

Common Grading Challenges

This resource outlines some of the challenges and considerations around grading during the implementation process. These are some of the […]

Guide for Discussing Assessment

This resource provides a guide to managing emotions around assessment. It outlines key messages that can help clarify the importance […]

Questions for Naming Curriculum Criteria

This resource is a starting point for the kinds of questions you can ask stakeholders in a survey or focus […]

Key Messages for Maintaining High Expectations for Students

This resource provides ideas to support conversations about high expectations for students. It includes key messages to highlight, tips on […]

PowerPoint for Communicating About the Selection Process

This resource provide a sample PowerPoint that can be shared to communicate how the selection process will go.

Email for Communicating About the Selection Process

This resource provides sample emails — one to teachers and one to families — that can be shared to communicate […]

Equitable Committee Recruitment Guidance

This resource includes a set of key questions and considerations to think through in order to ensure a fair recruitment […]

Agenda for Planning the Selection Process

This resource outlines a sample agenda to guide the first meeting of the Selection Team.

Sample Email for Launching the Work of the Selection Team

This resource provides a sample email to be sent to the Selection Team from the Selection Team Leader. The email […]

End-of-Year Celebration Ideas

This resource outlines different ways to celebrate with your team at the end of a big year.

Teacher Survey on Coaching Experience

This resource includes sample survey questions for teachers to share their experience with coaching.

Collaborative Planning Protocols

This resource provides protocols that can be used to support collaborative planning and reflection. Early implementers shared that they often […]

Executive Summary

Our schools are full of children with amazing potential. We depend on teachers to deliver creative and rigorous lessons that […]

Examples of Mid-Year Adjustments

This resource provides examples of mid-year adjustments a system might make when implementing new materials. This can help give you […]

Quarterly Stepback Data Gathering Template

This resource provides a template for organizing data and feedback for quarterly stepbacks.

Three Pillars of Teacher Support

This resource provides an overview of the Three Pillars of Teacher Support-Train, Plan, and Coach, including their key components and […]

Guidance on Curriculum Use

This resource outlines some considerations to think through when determining the expectations for use of the new curriculum. For more […]

Assessment Purpose Template

This resource provides a template for you to organize your analysis of current assessments and their purposes. It can be […]

Progress Monitoring Practices

This resource outlines best practices in progress monitoring as well as gives guidance on how often data is collected and […]

Tracking Materials Orders

This resource provides a tracking template for all materials, along with a sample calendar for key action items.

Materials Procurement Organization Template

This resource provides a template for organizing all materials.

Procurement Options

This resource outlines options for procuring and printing resources. It also shares questions that you can ask developers and distributors […]

Procurement Responsibilities

This resource outlines the different procurement responsibilities and provides a template that you can use for assigning those responsibilities. It […]

Selection Training Agenda

This resource provides an agenda for training the Review Committee on the rubric and procedures for curriculum review.

Guidance on Pilots and Selection

This resource provides an overview of the different options for piloting materials, as well as the design considerations for pilots.

Example Curriculum Use Guidance

This resource is a sample of what a Use Guidance document could look like. This example is for ELA based […]

End-of-Year Stepback Guidance and Materials

This resource provides an overview of options for stepping back with a range of stakeholders at the end of the […]

End-of-Year Stepback Data Gathering Template

This resource provides a template for assembling all end-of-year data and feedback.

End-of-Year Stepback Agenda

This resource provides a sample agenda for a three-hour, end-of-year stepback meeting.

PowerPoint Sharing Selection Decision and Rationale

This resource is designed to share why educators in our district decided to select a new math curriculum, explain how […]

Email Communicating Materials Ordering and Distribution

This resource contains sample emails communicating distribution information for the school-based point person and teachers.

Email Communicating Adjustments After a Stepback

This resource provides a sample email from a school leader to their staff explaining the key takeaways and changes from […]

Curriculum Talking Points and FAQ on Selection

This resource outlines the frequently asked questions that systems encounter from stakeholders at this stage, including talking points and relevant […]

Curriculum Study

This resource provides guidance for preparation, a pre-meeting email, and an agenda for studying the curriculum to better understand the […]

Completed Assessment Inventory

This resource provides a completed example of the Assessment Inventory Template for a school from our early implementer group. These […]

Coaching Models Overview

This resource is a high-level overview of a sample coaching model and process. This model could be used with formal […]

Coach Curriculum Training

This resource is an overview of how to support and train coaches in utilizing the curriculum in their coaching process. […]

Challenge Solving Protocols

This resource outlines reactive systems and protocols for unpacking and solving challenges. The first chart gives an example of how […]

Celebration Ideas

This resource outlines fun ways to celebrate teamwork.

Implementation Team Charge

This resource is a draft charge that you can provide to the Implementation Support Team. It outlines the rationale for […]

Phase II Decision-Making Template

This resource is a template you can use when finalizing your decision-making process for Phase II.

Phase II Decision-Making Map

This resource outlines all the significant decisions that need to be made throughout Phase II and possible models for how […]

Agenda for Phase II Launch Meeting

This resource is a sample meeting agenda for the launch of the Implementation Support Team. During the meeting, the team […]

Agenda for Assessment Study

This resource is an agenda for studying the assessments within the curriculum to make decisions about how to effectively utilize […]

Messaging High Expectations (coming soon!)

This resource provides key messages and research for responding to concerns about students’ ability to do the work in the […]

Stakeholder Feedback Survey

This resource provides sample survey questions to gather feedback from teachers, students, and leaders.

Coaching Support

This resource includes ideas and resources for leveraging materials as part of coaching practice.

Scheduling Considerations

This resource provides examples, with embedded guidance, on how to think about scheduling classes and lessons so that teachers have […]

Email Sharing Selection Decision and Rationale

These sample emails – one to the superintendent and one to teachers – outline the rationale for why specific materials […]

Agenda for Materials Review and Discussion

This resource provides a possible agenda for leading a selection committee meeting to review materials and debrief.

Review Committee Training Agenda, Email, and Survey

This resource provides an agenda for training the Review Committee on the rubric and procedures for curriculum review.

Selection Timelines

This resource provides some sample timelines for schools or systems to use as a starting point for the selection process.

Progress Monitoring Plan And Approaches

This resource includes guidance on progress monitoring as well as a sample plan.

Implementation Support Team Roles and Responsibilities

This resource outlines the roles and responsibilities for the members of the Implementation Support Team.

Lesson Planning Structures

This resource gives an overview of individual planning structures that early implementers used to ensure effective lesson preparation. Early implementers […]

Southbridge – Elements of an Effective Math Lesson

Mathematics instruction at Southbridge is grounded in the three shifts–focus, coherence, and rigor–required by college and career ready math standards. […]

Southbridge – Elements of an Effective English Language Arts Lesson

English Language Arts at Southbridge are about helping students become better readers, writers, and thinkers. Lessons are spent on students […]

Implementation Plan

This resource is a template for keeping track of all of the projects and tasks that your team will take […]

Gladstone’s English Language Arts Vision

This resource describes the Vision for ELA instruction at Gladstone Elementary School in Kansas, City, Missouri.

Quarterly Stepback Agenda and Email

This resource provides goals, a sample agenda, and a sample email for a Quarterly Stepback Meeting.

Implementation Observation Log

This resource has four tabs for organizing notes on implementation observation.

Implementation Observation Guidance

This resource is a list of the key interactions that early implementers benefitted from observing in order to understand how […]

Progress Monitoring Template (coming soon!)

This resource includes guidance on progress monitoring as well as a sample plan.

Email for External Trainers

This resource is a sample email for any external trainer to provide context around your district’s/school’s staff, needs, and priorities.

Common Materials and Vision Training Needs

This resource lists common needs for teacher and leader training. Some systems opt to have teachers and leaders together for […]

Groups Who Will Need Training

This document contains a list of individuals who should be trained on the curriculum.

Materials Training Options

This resource identifies options for curriculum implementation training as well as the pros and cons for each option.

Curriculum Walkthrough Tools

This document is a compilation of curriculum-specific walkthrough tools for commonly used high-quality materials.

Student Work Protocols

This resource provides protocols that can be used to analyze student work. Analyzing student work helps teachers determine where students […]

Agenda and Email for Determining Pacing

This resource is a sample email for teacher leaders. The email includes goals and an agenda for a meeting to […]

Pacing Guidance

This resource provides considerations and guidance for setting pacing across the school year. The underlying consideration is figuring out how […]

Assessment Review Tools

This resource provides tools and guidance for reviewing assessments.

Assessment Inventory Template

This resource provides a template you can use for taking stock of all of the assessments happening in your system. […]

Assessment Purposes

This resource shares purpose, frequency, and examples of the various types of assessments.

Goals for Implementation

This resource shares considerations about setting specific goals in the following areas: teacher practice, student and staff investment, and student […]

Roles and Responsibilities Matrix

This resource provides a template and examples for outlining the roles and responsibilities in implementation.

Implementation Support Team Leader Role and Responsibilities

This resource outlines the role and responsibilities for the Implementation Support Team Leader. It can be used to support leader […]

Curriculum Criteria

This resource is a list of questions for a system to consider to generate curriculum criteria, as well as a […]

Core Beliefs

This resource provides sample core beliefs for guiding selection and implementation.

Vision Statements and Tools

This resource shares sample content-specific vision statements that you can adapt. There are also sample walkthrough tools, which many systems […]

Email for Communicating Standards Training to the Review Committee

This resource is a sample email communicating the goals and agenda for the training to the team.

Standards Training Guidance and Examples

This resource provides an outline of must-haves for standards training, as well as sample PowerPoint agendas and open source materials […]

Key Messages on the Selection Process

This resource outlines criteria for key messages and sample language to reinforce about the selection and implementation process. Your key […]

Review Committee Job Description

This resource outlines a potential job description to be shared with people interested in becoming members of the Review Committee.

Stakeholders for Selection

This is a list of common potential stakeholders for the selection process.

Description of Selection Events

This resource describes events related to selecting materials. This can serve as a starting place as you consider your planning […]

Selection Plan

This template is a place to record projects and tasks that your team will take on during selection. Modify this […]

Selection Decision-Making Approaches

This resource outlines different approaches for making the final materials selection.

Selection Leader Competencies

This resource outlines many of the key characteristics of a Selection Team Leader.

Selection Team Process and Team Member Criteria

This resource shares the purpose and composition of the Selection Team and Review Committee.  It outlines processes, competencies, and application […]

Workbook

This workbook is designed to help a school or system leadership team work through the implementation process together. Assemble your team, print or download the workbook, find your starting point, and dig in together.

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