Institute Overview


Each year, schools and districts make decisions about the use of curriculum and instructional materials. However, often the system, which includes professional learning structures to ensure effective implementation, is disjointed and lacks coherence. As a result, education initiatives  may not necessarily lead to the results intended for students, and often exacerbate issues of equity and access to high-quality teaching and learning.

Schools and school systems prioritize equity and excellence when they ensure all students have access to effective teaching and meaningful classroom resources aligned to rigorous career- and college-ready standards.

Learning Forward and Student Achievement Partners, with support from the Carnegie Corporation, are combining expertise to focus on the critical role of selecting and implementing high-quality instructional materials, supporting curriculum-anchored professional learning cycles, and establishing leader capacity and learning systems to ensure all students graduate career and college ready.

Participants will take away deep content knowledge, powerful learning designs, and plans for effective implementation for the new school year.

Attend the full 4-day Institute

Every session at the Summer Institutes will support participants to achieve the following:

  • Use research to make the “equity and excellence” case for ensuring teachers’ access to high-quality instructional materials and job-embedded professional learning to support successful implementation.
  • Use the Learning Forward team learning cycle to embed deep study and implementation of high-quality instructional materials.
  • Select and implement high-quality instructional materials for language arts, mathematics, and science.
  • Examine Shifts-aligned instructional practices and assessment in ELA and math.
  • Build content knowledge to implement Shifts-aligned instruction.
  • Establish a learning plan and agenda for a school, team, and individual for the new school year.
  • Clarify new roles and responsibilities for leaders and a learning plan to support them.
  • Assess the status of learning conditions and support essential to integrate instructional materials, curriculum, and professional learning agenda and plans for addressing the results.
  • Develop framework for a plan to implement a coherent system that supports equity and access to high-quality teaching and learning.

Attendees may choose to attend the full four-day event or select sessions individually or in combination.

Why attend?

  • Hear from curriculum experts who are supporting districts that have transformed instruction and teaching.
  • Leave with a professional learning plan that will change teaching and learning in your system.

Who should attend

  • State education agency personnel and school district executive-level leaders responsible for the academic vision and instructional framework as well as allocation of resources (including Title IIA) and demonstration of impact of investments.
  • School district and school leaders responsible for the design, selection, and implementation of instructional resources, college- and career-ready standards, curriculum, effective teaching, formative assessment practices, and professional learning;
  • Instructional coaches and teacher leaders who support new teachers, struggling teachers, and teacher teams and PLCs to strengthen their capacity to reach all children.
  • Teacher teams tasked with leveraging professional collaboration, curriculum study, lesson design, and assessments to ensure success for every student.

Dates and location

July 18 - 21, 2019
Boston, MA

All sessions and meetings are at

Westin Boston Waterfront hotel
425 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: 617-532-4600