Katanna Conley, Ph.D.
The last time I did a curriculum implementation walkthrough with a district, the finding that stuck with me was both one of the most inspiring and the most frustrating. At schools where ELA scores were rising, the curriculum resources were in the hands of teachers and students alike. Books were open, student journals were marked up, stories were full of sticky note annotations. In schools where scores were stagnant or dropping, on the other hand, these same resources were pristine, unused, tucked away under desks or languishing on shelves. It was heartbreaking, frankly, to see materials that were clearly making a difference in some locations completely wasted and ignored in others.