K–12 Teachers and Instructional Materials in 2021–2022
What’s New? What’s Changed? And Why?
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
3–4 p.m. EST
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“I have not had time to explore the resources or been trained on the program if there is necessary training,” a teacher told us last year. The introduction of new instructional materials places considerable time and learning demands on teachers and opens up new questions for school and district leaders to consider during their adoption. Join us for a presentation and discussion with the Center for Education Market Dynamics (CEMD) about public school teachers’ use of newly adopted or purchased instructional materials.
This webinar will share findings from the spring 2022 American Instructional Resources Survey (AIRS) on the extent to which teachers are using new instructional materials, what those materials are, who purchases those materials, and the association between new instructional material usage and availability of federal pandemic relief. We will also report on teachers’ needs for better or additional curriculum materials and why teachers occasionally choose not to use newly purchased school or district instructional materials. Understanding teachers’ current needs is particularly important as school systems continue to focus on addressing missed learning because of COVID-19.
Andrea Prado Tuma is a behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research seeks to understand how schools and districts implement programs and/or policies to advance equity in education. Her recent work has focused on networked improvement communities (NICs), high quality instructional materials, school leaders, and social and emotional learning. Prado Tuma received an M.A. and Ph.D. in human development and social policy from Northwestern University.
George Zuo (pronounced “zō”) is an applied microeconomist whose research focuses on improving economic mobility and educational outcomes for low-income Americans. His recent work in K–12 education policy includes research on instructional materials and challenges facing school leaders with respect to school staffing. His other research, recently published in top economics journals, explores disparities in digital equity and school discipline. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland in 2021, where he studied on a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Julia Kaufman is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation where she codirects the American Educator Panels. Her research focuses on how states and school systems can support high-quality instruction and student learning, as well as methods for measuring educator perceptions and instruction. She has led studies on how to support students’ civics knowledge, skills, and dispositions; how state policies can encourage effective use of high-quality materials; and implementation and student outcomes associated with the strategies of the Louisiana Department of Education, among other research projects. She holds a Ph.D. in international education from New York University and an M.A. in teaching from the University of Pittsburgh.
Lora Kaiser leads product strategy at the Center for Education Market Dynamics (CEMD), an emerging nonprofit focused on the dissemination of research, information, and data to leaders across the K–12 ecosystem. She is also senior director of market strategy at EdSolutions, a K–12 market consulting firm, serving as a strategic consultant to a number of leading organizations in the education sector. Kaiser is an experienced product leader in the education market having led teams in professional, intervention, and supplemental math. Prior to CEMD, she led the K–2 Mathematics portfolio at McGraw-Hill.
Beth Mejia has spent 25 years in the education space specializing in the acquisition, development, marketing and deployment of high quality, educational content, and courseware. Mejia has served in leadership positions in marketing and editorial at Pearson and McGraw-Hill Higher Ed as well as partnership development for Triumph Learning in K–12. As a former executive director for developmental education and readiness, Mejia brings a deep personal understanding in the readiness, student success, and retention arena. Mejia brings both a product and pedagogical perspective to every project. In addition to co-founding the Center for Education Market Dynamics, Mejia is also a founding partner of EdSolutions, a K–12 market consulting firm. Mejia has an M.A. in teaching from the University of West Alabama and a B.A. in English from Bethany College.