Committing to equity and excellence

The power of integrating instructional materials and professional learning

July 19-22, 2018 Portland, OR

The challenge

Each year, schools and districts make decisions about the adoption of curriculum and instructional materials. However, often the processes and professional learning structures to ensure their effective implementation aren’t adequately addressed. As a result, new curricula and instructional materials may not necessarily lead to the results intended for students.

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The solution

Schools and school systems prioritize equity and excellence when they ensure all students have access to both effective teaching and meaningful classroom resources aligned to rigorous student standards. This Institute will help educators strengthen their capacity to reach all students by building strong connections among curriculum, high-quality instructional materials including Open Educational Resources, and standards-based professional learning.


Who should attend

  • Central office administrators
  • Superintendents
  • Policymakers and decision makers
  • Teacher leaders/Coaches
  • School-based teams
  • Principals/Assistant principals
  • Technical assistance providers

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop the case for advancing equity and excellence by investing in gold standard curriculum and standards-based professional learning.
  • Acquire frameworks, research, and terminology to advance your organization toward becoming a learning system.
  • Gain deeper understanding of the key attributes of professional learning for effective curriculum and instructional materials implementation.
  • Learn processes involved in assessing, selecting, and adapting excellent curriculum materials to benefit both teachers and students.
  • Consider the conditions, responsibilities, and practices that make curriculum accessible to all educators and students.

Hotel and travel

The Hilton Portland Downtown serves as meetings central this year. The stunning hotel offers a beautiful backdrop for learning and reflection. The Portland area offers world-class amenities and attractions, yet another reason to make the trip. Book your hotel today – special group rates are available now!

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What others are saying

I have strategies and supports to more effectively lead the change that is happening in my state and my region. I feel prepared to tackle complex issues with facilitation more effectively.

—Norma Gerrell, Learning Forward, TN Affiliate

Knowledgeable and effective presenters, informative presentations, practical experiences and programs shared that can immediately implemented/apply to the population served to improve student's performance.

—Institute attendee

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Content facilitated in collaboration with:

Carnegie Foundation