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The time a child spends in school is precious and should ensure all aspects of a child’s well-being are addressed, including the physical, social, emotional and intellectual aspects. Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education identifies that “each child should have access to relevant and challenging academic experiences and the educational resources necessary." The Ohio Department of Education believes access to high-quality instructional materials is an example of our commitment to equity and is working with districts to support them in the selection and implementation. The Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies is committed to leading this work.

Teachers are among one of the most powerful advocates for our children. The instructional materials teachers choose to expose their students to matters. Now more than ever, teachers deserve great instructional materials, so they can focus on doing what they do best: getting students excited to learn. As teachers move through the pandemic, they will face new challenges in getting every student on track. There is mounting evidence that shows when teachers have high-quality instructional materials, they can focus their time and energy on addressing the individual needs of each student. As schools move forward, teachers will have students coming in at all different levels. Teachers deserve resources that challenge, prepare and empower students. Every student deserves the opportunity to learn from high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials to become resilient, life-long learners.


Ohio Curriculum Support Guide

The Ohio Department of Education partnered with Instruction Partners to develop the Ohio Curriculum Support Guide. Research shows that providing teachers with high-quality instructional materials is an effective strategy for increasing student learning. However, teachers need much more than a box of new materials to ensure great teaching and learning take place. They need support from a team of leaders who know how to select, prepare for and support the use of great materials. 

Through this partnership, a five-part webinar series was created to support district leaders and members of school-based teams with curriculum adoption and implementation using the Ohio Curriculum Support Guide.

Webinar Materials and Recordings

Participants should access the High-Quality Instructional Materials Webinar Series Main Page  to find presentations and resources that are referenced in the webinar series. 

Webinar 1: The Case for Selecting High-Quality Instructional Materials
What are the hallmark tenets of high-quality instructional materials and why should students use them? Participants will dig into the answers to these questions and be introduced to the Ohio Curriculum Support Guide.
Webinar 2: The Process of Intentional Adoption of High-Quality Instructional Materials
Phase I of the Ohio Curriculum Support Guide outlines the process for selecting high-quality instructional materials that can help support a successful implementation. Participants will learn about the importance of having a plan, an instructional vision and a team that reviews materials. This webinar identifies relevant resources from EdReports and the Ohio Curriculum Support Guide to use. Webinar 3: The Work of Preparing to Launch High-Quality Instructional Materials
Phase II of the Ohio Curriculum Support Guide details the preparation needed before the high-quality instructional resources are used by educators. In this session, participants will learn about goals, roles and monitoring plans with a focus on two high impact areas of implementation: assessment and grading.  Webinar 4: The Plan for Determining Teacher and Leader Support Using High-Quality Instructional Materials
Phase II outlines the three pillars of teacher support and the importance of successful implementation. Participants in this session will determine which resources for planning, training and coaching will be helpful to their work.  Webinar 5: The Step Back to Gather Data and Adjust the Implementation of High-Quality Instructional Materials
Phase III of the Ohio Curriculum Support Guide is the time to think about refining implementation by gathering data and improving plans. Participants in the last session will join a consultancy around selecting, implementing or sustaining high-quality instructional materials. 

Additional Resources

As a local control state, districts and schools in Ohio make important decisions regarding instructional materials. There are growing efforts to support this decision-making process. 

  • Ohio Materials Matter:
    • Provides expert curriculum reviews through EdReports, which consists of K-12 English Language Arts, Math and Science instructional materials.
    • Assists with determining whether instructional materials are aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science.
    • Developed in partnership with INFOhio and EdReports.
  • Ohio's Quality Review Rubrics are additional tools to use if instructional materials are not included on EdReports. 
  • The Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) is a system framework of collaborative team protocols to analyze data, research aligned improvement strategies, implement and monitor strategies, provide feedback to teams and determine effectiveness based on performance and implementation data. Educators will find resources within the Continuous Improvement Toolkit.
  • The Learning Management System provides free courses and professional development on important state education initiatives for educators who have active or pending, Ohio, prekindergarten-12, Department-issued licenses or permits and who have fully set-up their OH|ID account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Frequently Asked Questions about High-Quality Instructional Materials for more information. Please contact OHMaterialsMatter@education.Ohio.gov with additional questions or comments.

Last Modified: 12/7/2021 8:29:13 AM