Michele Eaton, Director of Virtual and Blended Learning at Metropolitan School District in Wayne Township, IN recently shared six ways school districts can increase new teachers’ success odds by pairing them up with a centralized learning hub that supports the curriculum, high-stakes standardized testing, and classroom instruction. In sharing these steps, Michele illustrates how her district has effectively reduced the complexity of their teachers’ jobs while also improving the learning return on their edtech investment.
Step 1: Give them an easy and fast way to find, create, and modify lessons, assessments, and assignments. In lieu of curriculum binders or textbooks, districts must provide a searchable library of standards-aligned content and customizable master course templates. These tools make it easy to find, create, or modify lessons all in one place.
Step 2: Allow them to search for curriculum by state and national standards, grade level, assignment and resource type, format, Lexile level, language, and publisher. Then pull that content directly into a learning path that students can follow. Doing so provides teachers with the tools they need to start teaching on day one. This improves their confidence and helps to make digital content creation and curation a more feasible undertaking.
Step 3: Pair the content with standards-aligned student progress and performance data. This critical link allows teachers to use data to inform curriculum, differentiate instruction, and personalize learning. They can also help students develop a growth mindset whereby they learn to take ownership of their own learning while teachers themselves take ownership of their classrooms.
Step 4: Create a central hub where teachers can establish stronger links between curriculum, standards, resources, and assessments. With our Wayne Learning Hub, teachers can get up and running quickly, thus improving both confidence and job satisfaction. Using our itslearning learning management system (LMS), the instructors embed instructional strategies in customizable course templates. Those templates feature a standards-aligned planner organized into units and lessons with a variety of linked resources (including rich digital resources and student-centric activities).
Step 5: Leverage open educational resources. Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing, such as the Creative Commons license. Our digital curriculum resources are housed in our LMS, which includes more than 5 million curated and organized resources from more than 500 vetted sources. This integrated and searchable library helps our teachers do their jobs without the need for additional resources, money, or manpower.
Step 6: Put the data to work for your district. Our platform’s learning analytics and reporting functionalities help us illustrate standards-based progress and performance across students, courses, and schools. This, in turn, informs planning and decision-making while also illustrating the effectiveness of student outcomes.
To see how itslearning supports the need for Open Educational Resources, visit our Digital Library page.