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Using K-12 Instructional Materials in Teacher Education is a Course

Using K-12 Instructional Materials in Teacher Education

Ended Aug 1, 2020

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Full course description

This workshop led by Francesca Forzani and Darrius Robinson will support teacher educators who are methods course instructors in developing their ability to use K-12 instructional materials in teacher preparation. Sessions will be devoted to the following topics:


  1. Using instructional materials to build teacher candidates’ content knowledge for teaching

  2. Using instructional materials to plan for instruction, including understanding the big ideas and critical skills in the materials, anticipating and developing responses to student thinking, scaffolding activities to ensure that all students learn from the materials at high levels, and identifying and remediating potential bias in the materials.

  3. Using the materials as a context for teaching specific practices, such as eliciting student thinking, leading group discussion, explaining and modeling content, and checking student understanding during lessons.


The workshop will also consider the role of instructional materials during the 2020-2021 school year, as many schools continue to employ distance learning and/or grapple with rolling closures, and the work for teachers of supporting parents and caregivers in understanding and using curriculum materials at a basic level. Emily Freitag, CEO of Instruction Partners, will join this workshop live on Tuesday, July 28 to discuss the unique role instructional materials will play during the 2020-2021 school year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be a blended workshop that combines synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Please be sure to register using an email address linked to a Google account so that you can work on collaborative documents with colleagues.

Registration Payment Information 

No one who is unable to pay the registration fee will be turned away from joining the virtual summer institute. We know that solidarity requires collective action, and collective action requires that as many of us are on the ground working together to advance this work as possible. We do not want financial barriers to prevent anyone from accessing the program. If you need, please use promo code TWNEEDSU at checkout to register for free.