Successfully implement high-quality curricula to build student-centered classrooms where all students can engage meaningfully with academic content.
Switching to a new curriculum doesn’t automatically improve student-centered teaching practices. When educators are given the resources to strategically plan the implementation of a new curriculum with the realities of their classrooms in mind, these tools and curricula can enable teachers to build engaging, student-centered classrooms where all students are able to access content and take ownership of their learning.
BetterLesson partners with high-quality curriculum producers to help districts successfully launch new learning tools and impact all students. Districts can also choose to build a professional development plan that works towards building student-centered math or literacy teaching practices to enact positive change in every classroom.
Engage all students in math through creativity, exploration, and collaboration.
Emphasize student ownership of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
Integrate the instructional routines and resources embedded in the OUR K-8 Math curriculum.
Support rigorous math teaching and learning through problem-based instruction.
Assist language learning through standards-based alignment, student-centered focus, and real-world contexts.
Use the Odell Education Curriculum to equip students with the literacy skills and knowledge essential for success in college, their career, and civic life.
Implementing and effectively using a new curriculum is a major shift that requires alignment from all stakeholders and a clear plan for success. Begin a multi-year professional learning program that’s designed to provide both teachers and leaders with the tools and resources needed to understand, implement, and continuously improve their skills within the new curriculum. Every PD plan is personalized to align to your district’s strategic goals. Learning opportunities are delivered in distinct phases for ongoing sustainable support throughout the school year.
All professional learning should lead to specific and impactful shifts in practice for leaders, teachers, and students. Each of our learning experiences are tied to an outcome that can be observed and measured with data to support changes throughout the district.
Teachers will work towards outcomes that create classrooms where students are empowered to make meaning of, and engage with, academic content by independently, continually, and cyclically building upon their content skills.
Both teachers and leaders will work towards district-specific outcomes to successfully choose and implement curriculum and learning tools that allow for meaningful and personalized student learning experiences.
All learning experiences are designed to create meaningful outcomes for leaders, teachers, and students. Whether it’s a Coaching session, Virtual Workshop, or online strategy, our team of Learning Designers create experiences for educators that are guided by these core principles:
Focused on the strengths of all students and teachers to bring high-quality instruction and meaningful learning experiences while using the curriculum materials.
Experiences include both teacher and student perspectives to deepen understanding of the materials and effective facilitation of instruction.
Encouraging self-reflection and connections to existing experiences with instruction and prior curriculum makes the learning experience more actionable.
Educators should be supported with a positive learning community that honors personal context. Participants also need opportunities to plan and reflect together to create district-wide changes.
Adopting and implementing a new curriculum is complex. It requires high quality materials for teachers and students, best-in-class professional learning for district and school leaders and teachers, and a commitment from leadership to go all-in to transform teaching and learning.
Rutherford County Schools went all-in with BetterLesson and OpenUp Resources to bring the acclaimed EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum to their 26 elementary schools. The transformation has been incredible.
Support both teachers and leaders with professional learning that gives them the tools they need to understand, implement, and effectively use new curricula and learning tools.
All of our learning experiences are aligned with the findings of experts studying curriculum implementation practices in order to connect research to actionable steps for teachers and leaders. Some of the research we use to create our learning experiences are:
Learn more about the research behind using student-centered math instruction to help English language learners access mathematical content.Explore Framework
Read a summary of the research and evidence behind using the science of reading to inform literacy instruction.Read Research
Explore a summary of research findings on academic performance for 1st through 8th grade students in reading and math.Read More
Read why instructional coach Lindsay Lyons advocates for a less is more approach in curriculum design to let students dive deeper and nurture their social-emotional health.
Start using a new strategy to support students to increase fluency by discussing and critiquing structure, patterns, and mathematical properties.
Deepen student understanding of a topic by allowing them to teach what they learned to their peers.
Accelerate growth in your schools and stay ahead of the curve.