Tools for Teaching and Learning

To build an education system that is truly aligned at all levels to increase student achievement, you need more than excellent state or national standards and the drive to meet them. You need tools for educators and students—course programs, assessments, benchmarks, and other resources—that are aligned to your chosen standards and with each other.

We collaborate with practitioners and other experts from around the nation to develop consistent, coherent tools that are easy to use and that are, especially when deployed in combination, robust and powerful.

Our mathematics tools, for example, help teachers and students learn not only the content crucial to continued learning, but the mathematical habits of mind, such as making sense of problems and persevering in solving them, that are crucial to success in mathematics and in academics in general.

Advanced Quantitative Reasoning / Advanced Mathematical Decision Making

High school graduates need more mathematics than ever before, and they need to know how to use quantitative tools to solve problems in applied situations. This 12th-grade capstone course engages students in relevant problems and prepares them for higher education and the workplace.

Comprehensive Course Programs

Instructional effectiveness varies widely across classrooms. We provide standards-aligned, comprehensive course programs designed to ensure that all students, particularly students in the highest need schools, have an effective teacher. These programs include Academic Youth Development and Intensified Algebra.

Formative Assessment Tools and Tasks

National legislation and state accountability requirements set high standards for student achievement, and every school district is held accountable for attaining them. To ensure their students meet those standards as measured on high-stakes summative assessments, teachers need to be able to check for understanding during the course of daily instruction. We provide formative assessment tools designed for this purpose.

Other Classroom Tools

Choosing from among the thousands of tools available for strengthening teaching and learning can be overwhelming. As an education nonprofit with two decades of experience helping you improve teaching and learning, we have developed dozens of resources, many of them available free or at very low cost, that are  tested by practitioners, aligned with state or national standards, and designed to help you strengthen achievement for all your students.