In the second webinar of our series Adopting Materials Through an Equity-Focused Lens, we turn our attention to the first stage of the instructional materials selection process—designing the instructional vision. An instructional vision shapes how data, policies, and state requirements are integrated into your districts’ curricula adoption process.
Jesse Melgares, the Senior Director of Programs & Partnerships at New Teacher Center, and Dr. Todd Davis, Chief Academic Officer for Aldine Independent School District in Texas, discuss how using an instructional vision helps deepen a district’s engagement with the materials selection process.
Constructing an instructional vision works best if a variety of stakeholders are involved. Jesse Melgares examines the consequences of not including teachers and students in the beginning stages of the instructional visioning process:
Jesse describes what he learned through his experiences working with teachers and students through a curricula adoption process and how to include them as essential stakeholders in an instructional vision that leads to stronger outcomes.
Dr. Todd Davis discusses the key takeaways from Aldine Independent School Districts’ journey through an ELA adoption at a critical time of change for the district.
Todd also reflected on the importance of supportive leadership in maintaining a clear instructional vision:
“You have to have a superintendent that is a champion of the work. If the superintendent is not the lead literacy learner in your district, it’s going to be hard to get that level of commitment.”
A Long-term Mindset
Districts often have the desire to address pressing challenges in learning and professional development. However, Todd explains the necessity of seeing materials selection as a long-term strategy with far-reaching benefits:
You won’t see the results of a curriculum selection overnight. But your instructional vision, as well as the relationships built and lessons learned will ultimately add to district knowledge, policy, and practice and contribute to success in the classroom.
Both educator leaders emphasized that an adoption process should consist of leaders who understand and can articulate a clear vision for how quality instructional materials will drive change for their teachers and students, but leaders should be learners too. And like establishing the instructional vision, decisions are best when they include perspectives from various stakeholders at every level of educational practice, from superintendents to students.
Watch the webinar to learn more: