With the implementation of high-quality instructional materials (HQIM) and curriculum-based professional learning, Delaware educators, students, and families have ventured into promising, challenging new territory. HQIM ask a great deal of their users. Educators are called upon to abandon traditional approaches to instruction, allowing kids to loudly drive classroom discourse rather than passively taking notes on teacher lectures. Students are asked to grapple with rigorous, problem-based subject matter that offers no easy answers and requires deep analytical thinking and collaboration. Families are asked to support their children’s learning when the materials and resources that come home may feel unfamiliar and overwhelming. For all stakeholders, implementation can, at times, feel like an arduous journey with no clear destination.
Grace McCarty, Molly Gurny, Michelle Cao, Alison Drileck, Mahima Golani, Robert McCarthy, Krista Morales & Nathan Small,
Staying the Course: Toward Strong HQIM Implementation in Delaware,
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