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Poor Curriculum Is a Recipe for Disaster, Here’s How Schools Can Help Teachers Find and Use High-Quality Materials

High school English teacher and Collaborative Senior Advisor Kari Patrick is not a huge fan of a certain meme that has popped up of late that says: “Telling a teacher to use a boxed curriculum is like forcing a chef to cook hamburger helper.” While catchy, this particular “dish” doesn’t sit well with Kari as it turns aligned instruction and teachers’ access to high-quality materials—into an ‘either, or’ situation.” Bottom line: materials matter. “If we want high standards to be implemented faithfully and to ensure students are given the best opportunity to succeed, states and districts need to make sure teachers are given every support possible,” including high-quality, aligned materials.

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