Expanding Awareness

Advancing Equity and Excellence through Professional Learning Tied to Curriculum Implementation



Jim Short

Program Director, Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Lillian Lowery

Vice President, PreK-12 Policy, Research, and Practice

Ed Trust


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Help educators strengthen their capacity to reach all students by building strong connections between standards-based professional learning and high-quality curriculum materials.


  • Teachers will build the case for compelling colleagues to invest in deep study and application of high-quality instructional materials to ensure students achieve excellence.
  • School leaders will rethink purpose and structures for PLCs when curriculum implementation is the priority.
  • System leaders will use research about the impact of high-quality instructional materials and professional learning to promote change in attitudes, practices, and outcomes.


Here is what our partner, EdReports, is saying about high-quality curriculum materials.

This was a perfect example of adult education in action! Everything was perfect!

— Brad Dale-Adult Education Instructor

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